The Lancaster County Conservancy was founded on September 17, 1969 as a 501(c)(3) to receive funds for procuring real property for present and future generations, to have desirable open space lands preserved for exercise, recreation, and education by the general public.
The Conservancy has 2,600+ members serving all of Lancaster County.
The mission of the Lancaster County Conservancy is to save and steward the ecosystems and landscapes upon which we depend for food, clean water and air, economic and public health, and the restoration of soul and spirit.
The Conservancy has four main program areas:
Land Protection Program: Focuses on our county’s natural resources “gems’ such as forest communities or streams and wetlands with the goal of protecting our most vital natural resources.
The Conservancy has protected over 6,124 acres of natural lands in Lancaster (York and Chester) County with 46 preserves that are open to the general public 365 days per year.
Stewardship Program: Manages Conservancy properties so that healthy habitats exist for people and wildlife. Activities include: development of management plans, employed stewardship crews, trash clean-up and invasive plant control.
Education Program: Engages local school districts, students and adults in outdoor classrooms and the utilization of Conservancy properties.
Urban Greening Program: Addresses clean water issues through several initiatives including Save It Lancaster and Lancaster Tree Tenders in the City of Lancaster and our newly launched county wide Lancaster Water Week initiative which activates more people to restore and care for our local streams and rivers.