Meet Ross Pilling

Ross Pilling is a Principal with the Conservation Development Partnership, an innovative regional leader in conservation based real estate. Ross strives to achieve clients' financial, estate and tax goals while protecting the natural resources of their property. He is experienced in providing creative solutions in the areas of estate property planning, natural resource investigations, conservation easements and conservation sales.

Ross has 40 years of experience in the fields of environmental consulting and real estate practice. He is responsible for all aspects of his conservation based real estate business from operations to financial management. Ross has worked at the vice presidential level managing family and trust owned real estate for a major Philadelphia trust company. He has worked for some of Philadelphia's most pre-eminent commercial/industrial real estate developers and for County, Regional and Federal governmental entities.

As a land specialist, Ross has worked under retainer to The Conservation Fund, acquiring interests in land on behalf of The US Fish and Wildlife Service, The US Forest Service and The National Park Service. In that time, he was the project leader involved in preserving 2672 acres in Pennsylvania and New Jersey with a fair market value of over $28 million.

In his municipal practice, Ross' activities include open space consulting with Worcester Township, Whitemarsh Township and Upper Salford Township to position land acquisition for funding by the Montgomery County Open Space and Agricultural preservation programs as well as PA DCNR Key 93 grant funding. This has resulted in the preservation of 453 acres of land with a fair market value of $13 million at a cost to the Townships of $2.5 million.


Montgomery County Planning Commission Resolution

U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service Commendation, July, 2011


1978 University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, PA, Master of Regional Planning

1974 University of Denver. Denver, CO, Bachelor of Arts in American Studies


Board Secretary, Montgomery County Lands Trust 1993 to present

Board Member, Montgomery County Planning Commission (1996-1999)

Board Member, Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust, Board Chair (1990-1999)