French Creek Valley Conservancy
French Creek Valley Conservancy's mission is to promote the environmental integrity of the French Creek watershed and to advocate for the protection of its natural resources for the aesthetic, ecological, recreational, and economic benefit of all. We accomplish this through the coordination of land protection, education, and research. Our vision is to maintain a clean and healthy French Creek watershed that is appreciated and protected by its residents, communities, and visitors. French Creek is nationally recognized for its biodiversity and is home to the Eastern Hellbender, North America's largest salamander, recently named the official Pennsylvania state amphibian.
Programs and Services
French Creek Valley Conservancy is an accredited land trust, which has permanently conserved more than 2,100 acres of land throughout the French Creek watershed. In addition to our land protection efforts, we provide free in-school educational program to thousands of students in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades throughout the watershed. Additionally, we provide community presentations, hold paddling and recreational events, and serve as the managers of French Creek as a Pennsylvania-designated Water Trail. Our largest event of the year is our Annual French Creek Cleanup; in 2018 more than 750 volunteers helped to collect almost 32,000 lbs of garbage from our waterways and adjacent lands.