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





June 1, 2017

Contact: Philip R. Wenger, President & CEO

(717)392-7891 Ext 204

Lancaster, PA – The Lancaster County Conservancy (“the Conservancy”) announces acquisition of a 44 acre addition to the 271 acre Steinman Run Nature Preserve in Martic Township. With this addition the total contiguous protected interior forest is now 315 acres.  Acquisition of this critical habitat, recreation, and water resource property was made possible by a generous donation by the owners, Penny and Jim Bunting, and grant funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PADCNR) Keystone Fund, Steinman Foundation, Lancaster County Community Foundation’s (LCCF) Lancaster Environmental Fund, and the Willis and Elsie Shenk Foundation.

“Congratulations to the Lancaster County Conservancy and its many partners who worked hard to see this latest addition accomplished at the Steinman Run Nature Preserve,” said DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. “Watershed and critical habitat protection, recreation, public access —  it’s all here, justifying DCNR’s support of this effort, and adding even more to the intrinsic value of the Susquehanna Riverlands conservation landscape.”

Steinman Run Nature Preserve and this addition are within the PADCNR conservation landscape known as the Susquehanna Riverlands. The Susquehanna Riverlands is an incredible landscape that stretches along the length of the Susquehanna River in Lancaster and York counties. According to Phil Wenger, Conservancy President and CEO, “Land conservation and stewardship build a foundation for economic development and community sustainability in the region and the Conservancy is proud to serve as the community lead for protection, enhancement, and economic growth initiatives within the Susquehanna Riverlands.”

As an addition to Steinman Run Nature Preserve this property will be managed as part of that preserve and open to the public for recreation and relaxation 365 days a year, dawn to dusk. “Please come and visit this wonderful property,” say the Buntings, “Step into the wilderness – close to home.”

Some of the project partners took a hike on the tract after settlement on a beautiful day. From left to right: Phil Wenger (Lancaster County Conservancy), Jim Bunting, Ashley Rebert (PADCNR), Kate Gonick (Lancaster County Conservancy, Ashlinn Masland-Sarani (LCCF), Dan and Liz (PADCNR interns), Dan Koser (LCCF), Brandon Tennis (Lancaster County Conservancy), Randy Moyer (Willis and Elsie Shenk Foundation), Penny Bunting, Mary Louise Shenk (Willis and Elsie Shenk Foundation), John McGrann (Lancaster County Conservancy Board)


“The Steinman Foundation is pleased to help the Conservancy carry out its mission through the preservation of these open-space areas for public recreation and educational use,” Steinman Foundation.

Dave Koser, Director of Programs at LCCF: “We are thrilled to partner with the Conservancy on yet another project that will bring more recreational opportunities for residents, preserve a beautiful natural area, and have a positive impact on our waterquality. Projects like this clearly increase our collective quality of life.”

This addition to Steinman Run Nature Preserve includes two springs and seeps, and a tributary to Steinman Run, which ultimately flows to the Chesapeake Bay. “Protection of this property is part of the Conservancy’s ongoing efforts to preserve critical water resource protection lands,” Kate Gonick, Director of Land Protection. Combined with rocky outcroppings, these water features provide a variety of habitats for native plants and wildlife and a scenic backdrop for recreation.

The Lancaster County Conservancy is grateful to all the partners who work together within the Susquehanna Riverlands conservation landscape and is excited to begin stewarding this new addition of critical water resource lands for public enjoyment, habitat and water resource protection, and ecological sustainability. Stay tuned for an announcement regarding the Steinman Run Nature Preserve BioBlitz on September 16-17, 2017 which will include this newly acquired tract!

For more information regarding this announcement, please contact:

Phil Wenger, President and CEO, Lancaster County Conservancy

pwenger@lancastercountyconservancy.org , 717-572-9808

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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