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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 – 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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Susquehanna River Rally Calls for Clean Water

Susquehanna River Rally Calls for Clean Water Organizations join together for upcoming event in Harrisburg  June 13, 2017 – Harrisburg, Pa. – Conservation, recreation and preservation organizations and activists are joining together for a Susquehanna River Rally on Saturday, June

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Thank you to the Lancaster County Career & Technology Center…

“Thank you Lancaster County Career & Technology Center – Brownstown Campus! The Brownstown CTC Construction Class, led by instructor James Smith, built five new kiosks to be placed on various Lancaster County Conservancy preserves for vital visitor information and education.

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Bunting Tract Settles; adds 44 acres to the Steinman Run Preserve


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House Bill HB218 cuts DCNR funding: Call your Senator NOW!

DCNR The House budget bill (HB218) passed and moved to the State Senate for consideration. We are very concerned with the impact of present provisions on our partners at the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and on

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Take a (New) Hike! The Lancaster Conservancy Staff share their favorites…

Brandon Tennis-Director of Stewardship The best places can only be gotten to by foot! The southern 10 miles of the Conestoga Trail shows off some of the most spectacular scenery in Lancaster County with sweeping views of the Susquehanna River

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April CEO Newsletter-2017


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Water, Willows, and Warblers: The role of riparian corridors in sustaining migratory birds in Lancaster County

Seventy-five percent of birds use a streamside buffer (riparian corridor) at some point in their lives.  Warblers and other neo-tropical migrants in particular rely on these corridors on their travels through the Atlantic Flyway and Susquehanna River watershed.  Trees like

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Tucquan Glen/ Pyfer Nature Preserve Parking Lot has re-opened!

The parking lot has re-opened…and just in time for a fair weather weekend! Check out our new fence AND an opportunity to help us out by removing invasive Lesser Celandine and Garlic Mustard when you’re on the preserve; reach out

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PA Master Naturalist – Press Release

Apply Now for Fall 2017 Pennsylvania Master Naturalist Training Course in Berks County In the fall of 2017, Pennsylvania Master Naturalist is partnering with Berks Nature in Reading, PA to prepare citizens to become volunteer leaders in their communities through

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PALTA is coming to Lancaster May 4th – May 6th

Statewide Land & Water Conservation Conference Comes to Lancaster Conservation experts from across the state and beyond will descend on Lancaster for the  2017 Pennsylvania Land Conservation Conference which will be held May 4-6 at the Doubletree Resort by Hilton.

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Scouts and Climbers Run – A great combination!

An Eagle Scout & His Troop Make Lasting Impressions at Climbers Run Brandon Prouse and Troop 393 thrive on action. Camping, hiking, and cooking s’mores over the fire; experiencing nature at Climbers Run Preserve is a recipe for fun and

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Shenks Ferry – A Springtime Destination

Shenks Ferry Wildflower Preserve…At A Glance Shenks Ferry Wildflower Preserve is: 84 acres Secondary growth woodland consisting of sugar maples, American beech and mixed hardwood species A Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Area Home to over 100 spring wildflower species! Home to

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Office Volunteer Opportunity

Office Volunteer The Lancaster County Conservancy is seeking a volunteer to assist in our office to perform a variety of administrative tasks one day a week for a minimum of 2 hours. Key Responsibilities: Answering phones Making phone calls Shredding

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February 2017 CEO Newsletter

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Job Opportunity

Land Steward (PT seasonal) The Lancaster County Conservancy is seeking an outgoing individual who is interested in building toward a green-collar career. The Land Steward should be engaged in at least one of the following subject areas: natural resource management,

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Celebrating the Protection of the Susquehanna Riverlands

On Friday, January 20th, the Lancaster County Conservancy gathered its partners and supporters at the Drumore Estate in southern Lancaster County to celebrate a project that began 20 years ago resulting in 100’s of acres of land being transferred by

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Show us your photos !!

The Conservancy is offering our supporters the opportunity to be part of our visual record. We are requesting high quality images of the following: Specimens Landscapes Recreation Awesome Selfies Requirements: Photos must have been taken on our preserves You must

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Holtwood Settles!

Read more and Donate today to help us care for this new land!

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Join us for an Extraordinary Party to Save Nature!

Click Here To Donate on November 18th!

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365 Acres Donated by Talen Energy to Lancaster County Conservancy


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Our Stewardship Special Appeal

Please check out this short film in support of a few of our preserves and the stewardship required to support them. Thanks to Natural Light Films for this incredible piece on the Lancaster County Conservancy. We hope you enjoy it

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Holtwood Park Agreement Reached

Talen Energy and Lancaster County Conservancy announce that they have reached an agreement on the transfer of the Holtwood Park property to Lancaster County Conservancy for preservation and public use. Talen Energy agreed to donate the property to the Conservancy

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Donor Spotlight – Staci Jasin, Insitu Design

1. So Staci, tell us about yourself. I’m a lover of the land, and am an ardent learner and traveler.  I have a formal studies in earth sciences, education, architecture, landscape architecture and horticulture.  I have amazing memories from growing up

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Saving Nature – 2015 Annual Report and News

We have no time to waste.  I believe the more we think and plan for tomorrow, the more we’ll continue to conserve the places we all love. CEO Phil Wenger Click here to read full report

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