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Lydia Martin Honored as 2019 Women in Conservation Awardee

  Join us in congratulating Lydia Martin, Lancaster Conservancy’s Director of Education & Engagement, for winning one of PennFuture’s Fifth Annual Celebrating Women in Conservation Awards! Lydia, along with Lauren Ferreri of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, has been honored in

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Nature’s Least Wanted

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Conservancy Property Search

Request for Proposals (RFP) – Seeking Commercial Real Estate The Lancaster County Conservancy, through its Broker, Sable Commercial Realty, is seeking proposals for the PURCHASE of a building or site in Lancaster County to accommodate a minimum of 4,000 square

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Susquehanna Riverlands 2019 Mini Grants Program

The Lancaster Conservancy is pleased to announce the 2019 round of the Susquehanna Riverlands Mini Grant Program. This program provides local non-profit, municipal and educational stakeholders with competitive funding opportunities for place-based strategies that address sustainability, conservation, preservation, restoration and

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Please help SDOL Middle School Students with Basic Camping Supplies!

The Lancaster Conservancy’s Education and Engagement Committee requests your support to provide cold weather gear and basic toiletries for a winter camping experience for 120 School District of Lancaster middle school students who are currently experiencing homelessness or transition on

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Otter Creek Nature Preserve Workday News Coverage

Otter Creek might require helicopter, more help still needed on the ground. – York Daily Record  PHOTOS: Volunteers take on massive cleanup effort. – York Dispatch Massive cleanup continues in York months after severe flooding. – Local 21 CBS News

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Lancaster County’s first natural playground takes shape in woods near Pequea

“Kids can hug a tree if they want. Or balance on a log. Or jump on a rock. Rough trails will loop through the forest but in this playground, visitors are encouraged to wander away and explore.” On Saturday, January

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Attracting Key Talent: Isn’t Just About Salary Anymore

The Lancaster Chamber’s final issue of 2018 featured a look at how opportunities for outdoor recreation are key to attracting and retaining a talented workforce and the important role Lancaster Conservancy plays in providing wild public lands and preserves, clean water,

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CEO Newsletter – December 2018

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Recycling Your Christmas Trees

Thanks to Erin Negley at LNP for forwarding me this article that she wrote on recycling your Christmas tree. The Conservancy hopes that you and yours had a wonderful holiday and a bright New Year! Recycle your Christmas tree!

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Winter Tree Walk

Explore trees in any season! Join Ryan Davis, Chesapeake Forests Program Manager to take a walk at Climbers Run Nature Preserve and learn how to identify trees in the winter. From bark to twigs to a tree silhouette against the

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Otter Creek Nature Preserve Volunteer Work Days

The Lancaster County Conservancy is seeking volunteers to help with a massive cleanup effort along a 3-mile stretch of floodplain on our Otter Creek Nature Preserve in York County. Please join us to pick-up and consolidate trash and debris as

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A Wild Edible Thanksgiving

Try Foraging For Your Thanksgiving Meal November 21, 20108:38 AM ET Heard on Weekend Edition Sunday – NPR Bonny Wolf The Thanksgiving drill is pretty familiar: turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie. But what would Native Americans have brought as sides? It’s

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Volunteer Work Day at Fishing Creek South Nature Preserve

Join us Sunday, November 4, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Fishing Creek South for a late season Volunteer Day. Register for free on Eventbrite!  

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Fall Hiking on Conservancy Preserves

After experiencing above-average temperatures this fall, sweater weather finally appears to be upon us and with it, peak fall foliage in our region. Several Lancaster County Conservancy nature preserves offer excellent leaf peeping spots, including Pinnacle Scenic Overlook (, which

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Nearly 1,000 acres of wilderness in York County to become nature preserve With population growth and land development expanding across south central Pennsylvania, areas of untouched wilderness are shrinking. So when the opportunity arose to preserve nearly 1,000 acres of that wilderness in northeastern York County,

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CEO Newsletter – September 2018


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Thank you Dine on Harvest Moon Attendees!

Our Dine on Harvest Moon event on Friday, October 5 was a resounding success thanks to you! With your support we raised over $272,000.   Our Special Appeal this year was focused on expanding the Tucquan Glen/Pyfer Nature Preserve. With a

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Pollinator Park Day of Caring 2018

The Lancaster County Conservancy is thrilled to leverage work with our conservation partners to restore natural lands and preserve local biodiversity. In 2018 the Conservancy has worked with local businesses including Smucker’s Fields of Honey, PPL Electric Utilities, Armstrong Flooring

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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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