|In the spring of 2000, the Conemaugh Valley Conservancy and the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds partnered on a Japanese knotweed control project along the West Penn Trail in Saltsburg, PA. This project gave birth to Natural Biodiversity and was the prototype for many more on-the-ground. Natural Biodiversity was founded in 2003 as a program of Westsylvania Heritage Corporation (WHC). Since then, Natural Biodiversity has restored hundreds of acres of land, engaged over 100,500 people in conservation education programs, mobilized 2,500 people in environmental service learning, provided more than 100 site management plans to landowners, and authored two large landscape-level invasive plant management plans.
||When WHC became an inactive organization and entered into a dormant status in 2010, Natural Biodiversity incorporated as its own Pennsylvania-based not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Since venturing out on its own on February 1, 2010, Natural Biodiversity had successfully executed award-winning education projects and conservation initiatives. On January 1, 2014, Natural Biodiversity became a program of Conemaugh Valley Conservancy and is working to expand the programs and initiatives of CVC's conservation efforts while maintaining a connection to its mission and roots.