Glacier’s Edge Conservation Landscape Feasibility Study

Western Pennsylvania


Regional Planning
Feasibility Studies
Data Management
GIS Mapping and Analysis
Capacity Building
Stakeholder Engagement


Assess the viability of a large landscape regional conservation model for the stewardship of natural resources, the promotion of outdoor recreation, and the advancement of a recreation- and tourism-based economy.


Pennsylvania Environmental Council

The purpose of the Glacier’s Edge Feasibility Study is to assess the viability of developing a large landscape conservation network of public lands and private assets in the Ice Age glaciated region of Western Pennsylvania between Presque Isle State Park on Lake Erie and Point State Park in Pittsburgh. Connecting these public and private resources would promote outdoor recreation, encourage healthy lifestyles, foster natural resources and asset stewardship, create partnerships, and boost economic development thorough the promotion of outdoor recreation activities in the region. This network could range from an informal association, such as a coalition of community partners, to a formal program, which could mean the addition of a designated Conservation Landscape under the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ (DCNR’s) existing model.

The development of the feasibility study will involve the engagement of stakeholders from every sector with an interest in conservation and recreation, including public officials, recreation groups, charitable foundations, land managers, conservation advocacy organizations, and private tourism and recreation businesses. The scope of the study includes the collection and analysis of data related to public lands and environmental issues, identification of partners and interested parties, review of other similar initiatives and conservation models, identification of regional characteristics and opportunities on which to build a large landscape conservation model, and the development of recommendations if the feasibility of such a model is established—all with the goal of promoting and maximizing Western Pennsylvania’s natural beauty and resources.