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The Southern Alleghenies Conservancy (SAC) is a nongovernment, nonprofit corporation providing services and support to enhance and preserve natural and cultural resources in a six (6) county service area which includes Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon, and Somerset counties.
SAC provides unique and effective solutions to the region's natural resource conservation problems and needs. Being a regional entity, SAC can draw from the expertise and strength found throughout the area in order to focus it on a particular need in a specific location. Through direct connections and participation with local, state and federal agencies, SAC empowers local organizations to achieve their goals. SAC works from the bottom up by allowing grassroots organizations and citizens to self determine their goals.
SAC performs this service by providing three (3) essential functions. Through its administration capacity SAC provides grant and payroll processing and accounting that enables local groups to be unencumbered by the intimidating and time consuming requirements of funding a project. Because of SAC's ability smaller groups do not have to incorporate or puruse other time consuming tasks. Instead they are able to focus their often limited energy on achieving their ultimate goal of implementing the projects and seeing the results of their labor take shape. SAC also assists through its publishing capability of producing newsletters, brochures, and other periodicals for organizations that once again do not have the facilities to do it themselves.
SAC's land trust capability provides an opportunity to preserve and protect tracts of land through outright ownership or easements. SAC then provides the stewardship that promotes the best conservation measures so that these resources will be able to provide for future generations. SAC's land trust capability has also provided for the facilitation of hazardous waste clean up sites and has protected forested river corridors that bestow benefits to many miles of water and acres of land far beyond the boundaries of the Southern Alleghenies region.
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