Who We Are

Providing wild and forested lands and clean waterways for our community. Forever.

Lancaster Conservancy is an accredited nonprofit land trust that protects and restores natural lands for future generations. Since our founding in 1969 by local anglers, hunters and naturalists, the Conservancy has saved over 7,500 acres of land to protect the ecosystems and landscapes upon which we depend for food, clean water, clean air, economic and public health, and the restoration of the soul and spirit.

We manage the lands we own in 47 nature preserves and care for over 45 miles of hiking trails. Our preserves, located in Lancaster County as well as along the Susquehanna River in York County, are open to the public free of charge 365 days a year and provide opportunities for passive recreation like hiking, fishing, hunting, and swimming. We have protected some of the most beautiful and beloved natural places in the area – places like Climbers Run, Welsh Mountain, Tucquan Glen & Pyfer, and Shenks Ferry Wildflower preserves.

Our work cultivates a connection with nature and educates the community on the importance of clean water, native species, biodiversity, and proper land use. By partnering with other non-profit organizations and government entities, we work to protect the health of our lands, watersheds, and local wildlife – forever. As a member supported organization, we need your help to save nature.

At the Conservancy, our job is to find, fund, preserve and maintain natural lands in Lancaster and York Counties so that the community and visitors to the region can enjoy them for years to come.

The Conservancy manages 47 nature preserves and 69 conservation easements, over 7,500 acres in total. Our preserves are managed to create habitat for animals, to protect plants and trees, and to provide public access to nature.

Through educational programs, volunteer opportunities, and partnership, the Conservancy engages and activates community members of all ages to protect and restore our natural lands!

Our Staff & Board

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Phil Wenger

President

Favorite Preserve
Otter Creek

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Jessica Brown

Development & Event Administrator

Favorite Preserve
Otter Creek

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Faith DeJong

Development & Accounting Manager

Favorite Preserve
Clark

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Mak Estill

Land Protection Coordinator

Favorite Preserve
Steinman Run

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Tyler Fisk

Stewardship Manager

Favorite Preserve
Welsh Mountain

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Linda Ferich

Volunteer - WQVC, Community Wildlife Habitat

Favorite Preserve
Steinman Run

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Kate Gonick

Senior Vice President of Land Protection & General Counsel

Favorite Preserve
Pequea Preserve

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Beth Hacker

Operations Manager & Executive Support

Favorite Preserve
Climbers Run

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Mike Lutz

Vice President of Finance (outgoing)

Favorite Preserve
Rock Springs

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Travis Lyle

Land Steward

Favorite Preserve
Hellam Hills

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Steve Mohr

Preserves Manager

Favorite Preserve
Hellam Hills

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Dave Myer

Part-time Land Steward

Favorite Preserve
Windolph Landing

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Sean Roberts

Land Steward

Favorite Preserve
Bellaire Woods

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Kevin Rolfs

Vice President of Finance & HR

Favorite Preserve
Clark

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Eric Roper

Forester

Favorite Preserve
Bellaire Woods

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Fritz Schroeder

Senior Vice President of Community Impact

Favorite Preserve
Trout Run

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Kelly Snavely

Director of Marketing & Communications

Favorite Preserve
Kellys Run

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Kristan Stengel

Community Impact Associate

Favorite Preserve
Ferncliff

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Brandon Tennis

Senior Vice President of Stewardship

Favorite Preserve
Otter Creek

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Jenn Teson

Vice President of Operations & Conservation

Favorite Preserve
Ferncliff

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Keith Williams

Community Engagement Coordinator

Favorite Preserve
Climbers Run

Board of Directors

Sara Lamichane, DMD
Board Chair

Eric Nordstrom
Vice Chair

Jennifer Lauver
Treasurer, Chair of Finance & Audit 

Christopher C. Ginder
Secretary, Chair of Land Protection

Julie L. Jones, MD
Chair of Community Impact

Jamie Rottmund, CFSP
Chair of Stewardship

John F. Pyfer Jr.
Immediate Past Board Chair

Dan Ardia

Spike Brant

J. Michael Flanagan Esq.

Doug Hoke

Sarah Jeffords

Lisa Marshall

Jamie Morrison

David Shenk

Mary Louise Shenk

Alex E. Snyder, Esq.

Andres Zorrilla

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