After citizens throughout the county stated that their number one priority is to retain the predominant rural character of Westmoreland County,* the Westmoreland County Commissioners responded by forming the Westmoreland Land Trust.

On Thursday, December 6, 2007, the then-Westmoreland County Commissioners – Tom Balya, Tom Ceraso, and Phil Light – passed a resolution creating the Westmoreland Land Trust.

The trust is an independent (non-county), nonprofit, all-volunteer organization.

A land trust is a local organization that conserves land of special value to the community, such as land that contributes to the region’s quality of life because of its scenic, recreational, environmental, historical, or cultural qualities.  It does not make zoning decisions.

*Citizen input was obtained from a series of public meetings held in 2004 to gather direction for the county’s blueprint for the future, its comprehensive plan.