Susquehanna Riverlands


The Susquehanna Riverlands features three major lakes created by hydroelectric dams, three nationally recognized recreation trails (Susquehanna River Trail, Kelly’s Run Pinnacle Trail, and the Mason-Dixon Trail), as well as the 14 mile Northwest River Trail, and the Turkey Hill section of the 29 mile Enola Low Grade Rail Trail.  It provides opportunities to explore the rich historical and cultural history of the Lower Susquehanna Region including significant American Indian cultural landscapes, ecologically sensitive bird habitat such as the Conejohela flats and more than 2,000 acres of protected publicly accessible land, in 29 municipalities in Lancaster and York Counties.

The Susquehanna Riverlands Conservation Landscape is funded by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).  The Lancaster County Conservancy serves as the lead external partner working with DCNR with the purpose, to improve public access to the river, preserve environmentally sensitive areas and the forested river landscape, improve water quality, provide additional recreational opportunities, and revitalize the river communities of Marietta, Columbia, and Wrightsville.


The lower Susquehanna River corridor has always been a focal point for the Lancaster County Conservancy.  Through the Conservation Landscape we’ve expanded our reach and partnerships to create something truly unique.  Each year we work with partners to promote the National Trails Day Celebration (taking place the first Saturday in June) and have the unique opportunity to provide funding to local municipalities and non-profits in the region.  See the defined corridor map and more details on the mini-grant program below.

Mini Grants 2018

With funding received from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PA DCNR), the Lancaster County Conservancy will be awarding grants that range in amounts from $2,500 to $25,000 for projects such as land conservation and preservation, stream and habitat restoration, passive recreation development, locally driven planning, and community economic revitalization efforts.  This funding is a direct pass through and goes to promote the Susquehanna Riverlands area and achieve the goals set by the partners.

Mini-Grant projects should help to sustain the Susquehanna Riverlands sense of place whether it is through protection, promotion, or building on our region’s assets. Examples include projects that feature natural resources, heritage and cultural resources, and recreation. Projects that have the greatest benefit to multiple assets and have strong partner collaboration will be ranked the highest.

The Letter of Intent deadline is February 2, 2018 by 5:00pm.  

Please view the documents below for more information:

Susquehanna Riverlands Mini-Grant Announcement
Sample Projects – Funded in the past

Before applying please contact Fritz Schroeder (

Video Documentary of Two mini-grant projects

Two of our mini-grant awards went to public art along the Northwest River Trail.  Donegal Intermediate School students worked with local artists from the Lancaster Creative Factory to design and install a tile mosaic at East Donegal Township’s Riverfront Park.  Lancaster Creative Factory also worked with other students to create functional and permanent benches.






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