The French Creek Watershed
A watershed worthy of protection
Beginning in Chautauqua County, New York, and flowing through the heart of northwest Pennsylvania, French Creek is nationally recognized as one of the most ecologically important waterways in the entire country. Hosting an astonishing 27 species of native freshwater mussels and over 80 species of fish, the Nature Conservancy has called the French Creek Watershed one of America’s “Last Great Places”.
French Creek Valley Conservancy is a private 501 (c) 3 non-profit land trust dedicated to maintaining and enhancing the exceptional water quality, natural habitat, biological diversity and recreational opportunities of the French Creek watershed. As a land trust, the French Creek Valley Conservancy holds land in fee, or the conservation values of land via and easement, in perpetuity, with the public as the beneficiary.
How does the public benefit from a land trust’s work? Land held in trust is a community and regional asset due to the land’s recreational value, aesthetic and cultural importance, significance as wildlife habitat, and water quality protection value – not just today, but for generations to come.