What We Do


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Land - People - Community

Beautiful natural landscapes that make Ohio special are protected now and for future generations. On family farms that stretch back generations, we supplement and sustain fertile soils now and for the future. In communities plagued by blight and decay, we partner with neighbors to connect and change. At Western Reserve Land Conservancy, we describe our work in one word: transformative.


Conserving land and water is critical to addressing some of our most pressing societal challenges: climate change adaptation, improved human health, depleted natural resources, equitable green spaces, and more. Every conservation easement landowner, donor, supporter, trustee, and employee of Western Reserve Land Conservancy is a part of a family of like-minded conservationists.


Western Reserve Land Conservancy is unique in its ability to complete projects on natural, agricultural, and urban landscapes alike. Though our mission and programming are complex, our sophisticated and creative staff works alongside passionate and visionary partners to tackle the most pressing conservation priorities of our region.


Once we conserve a property, our work has only just begun. Stewardship is critically important to our mission because it is the way we keep our promise to landowners and future generations that our conserved properties will remain protected forever.

Our Mission

To provide the people of our region with essential natural assets through land conservation and restoration.

More About the Mission

Thriving, prosperous communities nourished by vibrant natural lands, working farms and healthy cities.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice

Our firm commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice will harness the greatest passion and develop the best ideas to fulfill our conservation and restoration mission, and advance a shared vision for our region’s land, people and communities.

Why it Matters

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For nearly 30 years, we have improved landscapes and environments, turning polluted into prosperous, vacant into vibrant, fallow into fertile, threatened into thriving. We connect people with their environments. We conserve lands and all the benefits they provide. And we sustain our landscapes now and for future generations.

But it is not always easy to see the potential of what land can become. Scars on the landscape are hard to ignore. Waters can be polluted and poisoned, remnants of an industrial past that held little concern for the health of the land and the surrounding communities.

Our vision is that today, and for future generations, Northeast Ohio will remain a stunningly beautiful and healthy place. An authentic place filled with scenic views; abundant clean rivers and lakes; miles of connected trails for hiking, biking, skiing and horseback riding; and an accessible, clean and safe great lake for world-class fishing, swimming and boating, accessible by everyone.

By the Numbers

The average American spends 93% of their life inside: 87% indoors, 6% in automobiles. That’s only 7% of your entire life outdoors. That’s only one half of one day per week outdoors.

Children today spend less time outdoors than any other generation, devoting only four to seven minutes to unstructured outdoor play per day while spending an average of seven and a half hours in front of electronic media.

The United States is losing a football field’s worth of natural area every 30 seconds. This amounts to the loss, each year, of forests, wetlands, grasslands and other natural places that, combined, are roughly the size of Everglades National Park.

Scientists say that in order to address species loss, the effects of climate change and fair access to natural areas, we need to permanently protect at least 30 percent of our lands, rivers and oceans by 2030.