Climbers Run CMP

Climbers Run, our Community Hub in the River Hills

In 2017, the Conservancy received an $84,540 grant from DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnerships Program, Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund and matching funds by the Thomas A. and Georgina T. Russo Foundation to create a Conservation and Management Plan for Climbers Run. Thanks to DCNR and the Russo Foundation, we are excited to share a long term plan, which will be finalized in 2018, to continue to improve and develop Climbers Run as a community hub within the Susquehanna Riverlands.

The Conservancy received valuable feedback throughout the Public Workshops, Study Committee Meetings, and Key Person Interview process in collaboration with the LandStudies Team, the consultant who helped to envision and shape the plan for this preserve and center. The Conservancy is excited to begin planning the phases of this special preserve to share with our community.

Click on the links below for the results of our Public Meetings at Climbers Run. You will find a short presentation about the Conservation and Management Plan that will provide information about the future growth of our beloved preserve.

Public Meeting #1 Notes – Climbers Run CMP

CMP Survey Questions

Public Meeting #2 Notes – Climbers Run CMP

Climbers Run CMP Short Presentation

Our Community Hub

Thanks to the many partners, funders, and community support received to provide this special place for environmental education, research, conservation training, and general public use.

Learn more about Climbers Run Nature Preserve by reading our Success Story.

Land Management

Climbers Run Nature Preserve & Education Center showcases working models of stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) such as a rain garden, established meadows and a wildlife habitat and stream restoration project which reduces the flow of polluted runoff into the Chesapeake Bay. These types of BMPs offer visitors opportunities to learn about functioning models that improve water quality and provide valuable wildlife habitat.

In 2014, the Conservancy partnered with Donegal Trout Unlimited for a restoration project along Climbers Run. Thanks to the generous support of Conservancy donors and Donegal Trout Unlimited, over $140,000 was raised for a wildlife habitat and stream restoration project. In the fall 2014, the Conservancy organized volunteer work days to tag critical habitat such as existing vernal pools, wetland communities, and native plants for preservation. After a slow start due to weather, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service started the project on February 3, 2015. Over 16 acres received invasive species management and 2,400 feet of stream underwent restoration. Volunteers removed invasive species and helped with trash cleanups. By March 18, nearly the majority of the heavy equipment work was complete. Ongoing organized volunteer activities continue to manage the buffer and monitor the restoration project.

The Conservancy is happy to partner with our conservation partners: NorthBay, local school districts, Donegal Trout Unlimited, the Science Factory, Lancaster Recreation Commission, and our community to educate all ages about the restoration project and this important watershed. Visitors can observe native plant regeneration, study stream structures that protect and provide important fish habitat, and join efforts to maintain a healthy riparian buffer and forested landscape essential to wildlife. The Conservancy actively works with volunteers to conduct trail work, invasive management, building renovations and general building maintenance, etc.  

The Conservancy will continue to work with the neighboring landowners to protect the existing forested lands close to our Climbers Run, Trout Run and Steinman Run preserves that are located in a designated Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Area within the Susquehanna Riverlands.

For more information about Climbers Run Nature Preserve contact Lydia Martin, Director of Education, or 717.392.7891 x215.

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