Western Reserve Land Conservancy
Western Reserve Land Conservancy (WRLC) is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to preserving land throughout the Western Reserve region of Northeast Ohio. WRLC works with landowners, communities, government agencies, and other non-profit organizations to protect natural areas and working landscapes. Founded by, funded by, led by, and inspired by dedicated people throughout Northeast Ohio, WRLC envisions the following:

Vision Statement

There is nothing more beautiful than a crisp fall day in Northeast Ohio: the sun shimmering on our great Lake Erie; the red and yellow leaves of a beech maple forest; the long views of crop and pasture land framed by towering forests; and the gentle murmuring rivers that run through our glacial landscape. We love the Western Reserve. It is where we rear our children and where our hearts reside.

Our vision is that today, a decade from now, and beyond the time that we can imagine, the Western Reserve will be a stunningly beautiful and healthy place. An authentic place filled with breathtaking scenic views, abundant clean rivers and lakes, miles and 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.

Development will be concentrated in historic urban areas such as Cleveland and Akron, in historic Western Reserve villages such as Chagrin Falls, Brecksville, Medina and Bay Village and, as needed, in new areas that promote lasting, community-oriented development. Working farms will flourish, supported by local markets that provide healthy and fresh produce that connects citizens to the land in a tangible, enduring way. Parks and preserves will provide people with a special connection to the land, a safe place where children can play, and a quality of life that attracts and retains as residents a great diversity of people.

WRLC inspires citizens throughout our region in the effort to protect land and water resources to positively impact our collective quality of life; to create a habitat that serves people. We envision a healthy and scenic landscape, a patchwork quilt of large natural areas connected by wildlife and river corridors, a beautiful region interspersed with well-planned agricultural, residential, and commercial development that supports the people of our region now and forever.

Contact Western Reserve Land Conservancy

Rich Cochran
President, Chief Executive Officer
12768 Chillicothe Rd.
P.O. Box 314
Novelty, Ohio  44072
Phone: 440.729.9621
Fax: 440.729.9631


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Ohio

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