Conserve PA’s Natural Resources



Disappearing woodlands and open fields, exotic species invading our lands and wiping out native species, changing seasons, diminishing water supplies – all topics in today’s world, all reasons to be concerned about the future of our natural resources. Our iConservePA program helps you understand the challenges and the simple steps you can take that collectively go a long way to helping conserve our state’s natural resources.


Trees and Forests

With 60 percent of the state covered with trees, Pennsylvania’s forests play a major role in the state’s economy, and provide enormous recreation, aesthetic and environmental benefits to citizens and visitors.



Greenways and Open Space

Open space holds different meanings for people. It might be a field or forest, public park with playing fields, wetland, pocket park or a lake or stream. DCNR works with partners and communities to protect these spaces to improve our quality of life. Learn more about the value of open spaces and greenways and the work that is being done. Find resources on how communities are building sustainable parks, neighborhoods, and commercial centers that balance human needs with resource conservation.



Biodiversity is all living things and the places they call home. More than 25,000 species of known organisms – white-tailed deer, ladyslippers, rainbow trout, slugs, eastern hemlocks, black bears, timber rattlesnakes, red-tailed hawks – are found in Pennsylvania. Many are threatened or endangered. Learn how the PA Natural Heritage Program is working to protect our special species for the future.




Pennsylvania is blessed with more than 83,000 miles of rivers and streams. Clean water for recreating and drinking requires partnerships at many levels. Learn how through technical assistance and grants, DCNR is helping to protect and enhance our waterways through its Rivers Conservation program.



How we use energy is determining our environmental future. DCNR is taking steps to study alternative energy sources that will reduce our use of fossil fuels, which contribute to climate change and changes to our environment. Learn more about how carbon sequestration, biomass and wind energy might play a role in a future Pennsylvania.



Get Involved

DCNR relies on Conservation Volunteers to support the vast lands it manages and the important programs and services it offers. Learn how you can help. Search our calendar for specific events in your area. Our iConservePA program offers tips on how to get involved in conservation at many levels including in your own home and yard.


Wild Resources

River otters, ospreys, fishers, bats and hundreds of other special species in Pennsylvania are aided by the work of the Wild Resource Conservation Program. Support our wild resources by purchasing one of the many “wild” products like t-shirts, jewelry, books and more. Subscribe to the online Keystone Wild Notes to get the latest news on our species of special concern and issues affecting our natural resources.