WCALP Membership & Administration


Board of Directors

Duane Hutter, Chairperson
John M. Jamison ll, Vice-Chairperson
Mary L. Trunzo, Treasurer
Alquin Heinnickel
Ryan Harr
Ralph Frye
FR. Fred Byrne
Samuel Smail

Director: Betty J. Reefer
Solicitor: Denis Zuzik, Esquire

Supported By

Support for the Westmoreland County Agricultural Land Preservation Program is provided by:

  • The Westmoreland County Commissioners
  • Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Farmland Preservation
  • USDA Farm Service Agency
  • USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service
  • Federal Farm & Ranchlands Protection Program
  • And the 20 Townships and Local Governments that have established Agricultural Security Areas.
  • Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission
  • Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
  • Loyalhanna Watershed Association
We who have a hand in preserving these farms can reap a satisfaction that few people can ever feel in a mere ‘job’. We are involved in keeping in this country one of the real touchstones of our civilization. Daniel Webster once said in a speech, “When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of human civilization.” If he was correct, and I believe he was, then we who toil in the vineyard of preservation are the protectors of human civilization.

Mike McGrath, Delaware Agricultural Lands Preservation Foundation

You can help lead the way.

If you own a farm and want to become part of Pennsylvania’s ‘nation-leading’ farmland preservation program, please contact us at the Westmoreland County Agricultural Land Preservation Program. Eligibility criteria, how to make an application; procedural steps in the approval process; and questions about preservation payments are examples of the information you can receive from the WCALP. You can also help protect farmland and preserve your farm by:

  • Buying locally produced agriculture products.
  • Supporting your local farm markets.
  • Encourage your locally elected officials to support the protection of our valuable farmland.
  • Teach your children where their food comes from.