PHLT works cooperatively with landowners and local government to preserve land with environmental, scenic or recreational value. In some cases, PHLT acquires ownership of the land through donation or purchase. In others, it acquires the development rights through voluntary legal agreements called conservation easements. In all cases, the trust accepts responsibility for managing and protecting the land in perpetuity.

Everyone who lives in the Poconos benefits. During the nearly three decades of PHLT’s existence, far more land has been developed than conserved — people need places to live, work, and shop, after all. And hand-in-hand with that growth comes our shared responsibility to respect and protect our natural world.

Developing land may mean economic rewards for a few people. But conserving land means everybody reaps the benefits of nature — pure drinking water, clean air, healthy fish and wildlife, thriving forests, room to breathe, a higher-quality more “livable” community — now, and for generations to come.