Fayette County possesses a wealth of natural resources including its flora, fauna, and natural habitats such as forests, wetlands, and streams. If the natural environment is to be maintained, a balance between growth and the protection of natural resources must be found. This can only be accomplished by guiding development away from environmentally sensitive areas and by designing and providing the protective measures necessary to maintain these areas.
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
To that end, the County Commissioners have retained the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy to prepare a natural heritage inventory. Such an inventory will include: exemplary natural areas; habitats for species of special concern; significant natural plant communities; and areas important for open space, recreation and wildlife habitat. When finished, the recommendations of that report will become a part of this document.