Because clean air, fresh water and wild places are vital to every generation.
The Conservancy focuses its energy and financial resources towards preserving these open-space areas for continuing public recreation and educational use as well as providing methods and assistance by which concerned citizens can help protect these precious community conservation tools.
Through our Urban Greening Program the Conservancy also seeks to steward Lancaster’s urban environment. For Lancaster residents, this means more education and resources in the way of conserving and stewarding rainwater through rain barrels, tree planting, and the development of backyard habitats. For local business owners, it means education as well as effective strategies to mitigate stormwater through green roofing and conservation easements to improve the quality of our waters that flow to the Conestoga River and beyond.
The Conservancy has four main program areas:
-Land Protection Program: Focuses on our county’s natural resources “gems’ such as forest communities or streams and wetlands with the goal of protecting our most vital natural resources.
The Conservancy has protected over 5,474 acres of natural lands in Lancaster (York and Chester) County with 38 preserves that are open to the general public 365 days per year.
-Stewardship Program: Manages Conservancy properties so that healthy habitats exist for people and wildlife. Activities include: development of management plans, employed stewardship crews, trash clean-up and invasive plant control.
-Education Program: Engages local school districts, students and adults in outdoor classrooms and the utilization of Conservancy properties.
-Urban Greening Program: Strives to build strong and healthy communities through environmental projects. Focuses a majority of its efforts in the City of Lancaster through its Urban Watershed Initiative.
Your contributions strengthen the Conservancy’s land protection and stewardship legacy.
Thank you for your support!