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


Date: February 20, 2018

 Lancaster, PA – The Lancaster County Conservancy (“the Conservancy”) is pleased to announce a $40,000 grant award from The S. Dale High Family Foundation for the acquisition of 53 acres along the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail in Conoy Township. The High Foundation’s generous contribution represents the first dollars toward this important acquisition and a critical match to public funding for which the Conservancy is applying in Spring 2018.

This acquisition project is an innovative public-private partnership involving the Conservancy, the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (LCSWMA), and Conoy Township. The current owner, Talen Energy, marketed this property with adjacent agricultural lands as a package and was unwilling to sell only the 53 acre wooded property to the Conservancy. In order to keep this property in its natural forested state, Conoy Township facilitated a partnership with LCSWMA, who agreed to purchase the entire package from the utility and sell the 53 acres to the Conservancy. Without this partnership, a private buyer could have purchased the property with no obligation to preserve the Trail. The Conservancy’s successful efforts to acquire the property will mean the land is owned and managed in perpetuity as a public nature preserve, open to the public free of charge 365 days a year, and that a critical section of the Northwest River Trail is protected forever.

The Northwest River Trail is a 14 mile public recreational trail located along the Susquehanna River. It traverses five different municipalities and is available for walking, jogging, skiing, and snowshoeing. The Trail also connects this property to the Conservancy’s 22 acre preserve just upriver. The 53 acres of forest offered by this property are the perfect escape for city residents who want an easy, scenic hike in the woods with views of the Mighty Susquehanna.

These buffer lands are within the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resource conservation landscape known as the Susquehanna Riverlands. The Conservancy serves as the community lead for protection, enhancement, and economic growth initiatives within the Susquehanna Riverlands. “The Susquehanna Riverlands is our critical focus area for protecting natural lands and this tract was an important connector.  We are so grateful that the S. Dale High Family Foundation saw value in protecting this trail and this tract, where Lancaster’s residents can exercise and experience nature and the river,” says Phil Wenger, the Conservancy’s President & CEO.  

The Lancaster County Conservancy is grateful to all the partners working together on this acquisition and is excited to see this project to completion with the help of The S. Dale High Family Foundation.

About The S. Dale High Family Foundation

The S. Dale High Family Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is funded by members of the High Family, owners of the High® companies. The Foundation’s overall mission is to give back to the community by providing support to

nonprofit organizations in communities in which High companies do business. The current focus of the Foundation is eliminating poverty and strengthening the City of Lancaster, Pa. In addition, the Foundation assists High co-workers in meeting the costs of college education for their children through The S. Dale High Family Foundation Scholarship Program. For more information, please call 717.293.4500 or visit www.sdalehighfamilyfoundation.com.

For more information regarding this announcement, please contact:
Phil Wenger, President and CEO, Lancaster County Conservancy
pwenger@lancastercountyconservancy.org , 717-392-7891 ext. 205

For more information regarding protection of our natural lands, contact:
Kate Gonick, In-House Counsel & Director of Land Protection, Lancaster County Conservancy        kgonick@lancasterconservancy.org , 717-392-7891 Ext. 203

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