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Welsh Mountain Public Notice

Welsh Mountain Public Notice: On Saturday, September 1st, we will be doing some trail improvement work involving heavy equipment at Welsh Mountain Nature Preserve between 8 am and 5 pm. Some parts of the trail system will be temporarily closed

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Toast & Art Sale


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Job Opportunity – Community Relations Specialist

Community Relations Specialist Job Description 08 24 2018

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Water Quality Volunteer Coalition WQVC is a citizen science group under the direction of Matt Koffroth at the Lancaster County Conservation District and Lydia Martin, Director of Education at Lancaster County Conservancy. Linda Ferich is the Coordinator with Mike King

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Our CEO’s Favorite Hike

Phil Wenger’s Favorite Hike – June 2018

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CEO Newsletter – June 2018 Edition

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2018 Lancaster Water Week Grant Awards

The Lancaster County Conservancy is excited to announce nearly $30,000 in Water Week grants awarded to 8 local organizations/municipalities including Boys and Girls Club of Lancaster, Tri-County Conewago Creek Association, ELANCO Source Water Collaborative, Friends of Fishing Creek, Little Conestoga

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Job Opportunity: Director of Finance & Administration

The Lancaster County Conservancy has focused on land and waterway conservation in South-Central PA for nearly 50 years, and seeks a mission minded, environmentally-conscientious individual to help continue this tradition. As the sole internal accounting position overseeing a 1.6 million

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104 Acres Protected In the Susquehanna Riverlands

The Lancaster County Conservancy (“the Conservancy”) announces their acquisition of 104 acres of woodland in Hellam Township, York County from Robert Kinsley. Funded by a unique public-private partnership, this property adds to the Conservancy’s Hellam Hills Nature Preserve of protected

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Shinrin-yoku: Taking in the Forest Atmosphere

Shinrin-yoku is forest therapy. Just being in the forest is medicine, no action required. Developed in Japan in the 1980s, it’s become a component of preventative health care and healing in Japanese medicine and is a movement beginning to take

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Accessible Trails

The Lancaster County Conservancy’s preserves offer many kinds of hikes with varying levels of difficulty. Below we have rounded up some of the best preserves for hikes that are less physically demanding while still providing beautiful views and a great

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Places 2040

The Lancaster County Planning Commission announced today the release of the Preliminary Public Draft of places2040, the new Lancaster County comprehensive plan. The plan is available for public review and comment at 

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The Conservancy: An Accredited Land Trust!

The Conservancy serves as our region’s leading land trust organization protecting valuable natural areas for public use and recreation primarily in Lancaster and York Counties. We show our commitment to the public by maintaining an accreditation certification through the Pennsylvania

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Annual Report – Lancaster County Conservancy 2017


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Protect Against Lyme Disease

By Alan S. Peterson, MD Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is often transmitted through the bite of an infected blacklegged tick, also known as a deer tick. It is the most common tick-borne disease in

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Support the Conservancy during Give Local York!

The Conservancy is working to protect over 1,385 acres of land in York County, which includes 6 nature preserves, 8 miles of streams, and 4 miles of the Mason Dixon Trail. Be part of something larger…be part of the solution

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Shenks Ferry: 50 Native Wildflowers to Look For!


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2018 Spring Edition of ‘On The Trail’ – Your CEO Newsletter!

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Fishing Creek: Focusing on Waterways in Peril

If you haven’t driven to Drumore Township and visited Fishing Creek Nature Preserve, please come down and check it out. There is a beautiful 3.5-mile drive on a gravel road where we own much of the land on both sides.

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Best Plants for Supporting Pollinators

On March 22, author of The Living Landscape, Dr. Doug Tallamy, held two lectures, sponsored by the Conservancy, at Franklin & Marshall College. The first afternoon lecture attracted several dozen municipal offices responsible for land planning and an evening lecture

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Community Conservation Resources

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Our Forests and the Emerald Ash Borer

A forest is more than just trees. It’s a community like ours, and as such, it is also filled with dynamic individuals working in concert to create a vibrant ecosystem. Our forests, our waters, and the plants and animals that

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High Foundation Contributes $40,000 Grant to The Conservancy

High Foundation Contributes $40,000 Grant to The Conservancy to Protect 53 Acres Within the Susquehanna Riverlands MEDIA ADVISORY Date: February 20, 2018  Lancaster, PA – The Lancaster County Conservancy (“the Conservancy”) is pleased to announce a $40,000 grant award from

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NPR at Climbers Run + Wild Edibles Recipes

The Conservancy recently partnered with Debbie Naha, a Pennsylvania Master Naturalist and Registered Dietitian/Licensed Nutritionist, to use Climbers Run Nature Preserve as a site for her winter foraging walk being filmed by NPR. Debbie and NPR walked the beautiful Climbers

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New Initiative: Community Wildlife Habitat

The Lancaster County Conservancy is excited to announce a partnership with the National Wildlife Federation to form a Community Wildlife Habitat initiative. The initiative has two goals: 1. Work with local property owners, schools, and communities to encourage the planting

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Exotic Vines Mar the Landscape and Strangle Trees

If you drive along any roadway in the County and pay attention to the wooded edges along property lines, there’s a good chance you’ll see tangled masses of woody debris draped over trees, shrubs, and other vegetation. Exotic vines degrade our

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Brookfield Renewable to Donate 500+ Acres This Year

The final phase of utility land transfers to the Lancaster County Conservancy will begin in January 2018. Brookfield Renewable is donating approximately 500 acres of forested land in the River Hills section of the Susquehanna Riverlands to the Conservancy. We

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CEO Newsletter – December 2017

For those of you who didn’t receive our newsletter in your mailbox, check out our last CEO Newsletter.  CEO Newsletter – December 2017  

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CEO Newsletter – Autumn 2017

Our latest newsletter from our CEO, Phil Wenger, is here! This issue is chock full of events, preserve news, and much more. Click below to read everything going on at the Conservancy. If you want to receive this newsletter in

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6 Reasons to Support the Conservancy During Extraordinary Give

If you’ve ever looked out at the Susquehanna River from the Pinnacle Overlook or taken a hike though Tucquan Glen, you know how beautiful and special the natural lands of Lancaster County are. However, as Lancaster continues to grow and

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Dine On Harvest Moon A Roaring Success

On the night of the Harvest Moon, October 6th, the Lancaster Conservancy’s Dine on Harvest Moon gala raised over $217,000 to support the protection of natural lands in Lancaster County.  Funds will be used to support the Conservancy, but nearly

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Phil’s thoughts on recent events in Harrisburg

Our state budget, passed in June and not funded by the Legislature, has caused severe heart palpitations for the Lancaster County Conservancy, local municipal governments, Lancaster Farmland Trust and other local organizations. The House Republican proposal, introduced earlier this week,

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Legislation Threatens Your Conservancy’s Ability to Save Nature!

The following is a letter from one of our partners, Pennsylvania Land Trust Association. A group of House Republicans have proposed taking “unused” account balances from the the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund, the Environmental Stewardship Fund (Growing Greener), and farmland 

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