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 10,000 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 50 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 50 nature preserves and over 70 conservation easements, over 8,000 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
Our Seasonal Staff & Lead Volunteers
Board of Directors
Julie L. Jones, MD
Board Vice Chair
Sara Lamichane, DMD
Immediate Past Board Chair
Treasurer, Chair of Finance & Audit
Alex E. Snyder, Esq.
Christopher C. Ginder
Chair of Land Protection
Chair of Stewardship
Chair of Community Impact
Mary Louise Shenk