WE WON !!!
On October 21 the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce awarded the 2014 Non-Profit of the Year Award to the Lebanon Valley Conservancy, Inc. The Conservancy would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the Chamber of Commerce and to current Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the Executive Board, Margie Yohn for the honor of being selected for this prestigious award.
The Lebanon Valley Conservancy, Inc. has submitted comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission - FERC with regard to the Williams Partners d/b/a Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC (Williams) for the proposed installation of a large natural gas distribution pipeline to be known as the Atlantic Sunrise Project. The comments have been submitted in compliance with the public comment period provided. Please reference the Action Alerts section under the Publications page.
Everyone, be sure to watch for the media announcements of public information meetings regarding natural gas pipelines proposed to pass through our county. Whether or not your property is involved, this does affect all of us and it is in everyone’s best interest to be well informed !
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What people are saying about the Lebanon Valley and the Conservancy … Please send us your views.
Recently, the Lebanon Valley’s own Margie Yohn of BeYohnd Mail and Marketing, also this year’s Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce Chair of the Executive Board nominated the Lebanon Valley Conservancy for the 2014 Non-Profit of the Year Award. Ms. Yohn’s statement:
”Why did I nominate this organization?
I nominated the Lebanon Valley Conservancy because I care. I care about farmland, I care about our natural resources, I care about what the land will look like for my child and grandchildren, I care about the environment and how it’s taken for granted, I care about wildlife and where they’re going to live. I care about anything that will affect the health and well-being of our future generations: the soil they walk on, the food that’s grown in it, the natural resources they use, the air they breathe, the open spaces they play in, the forests they hike in, the water they drink and whether all the natural and cultural resources will still be available to them after I’m gone.’
“I nominated them for purely selfish reasons today; but for entirely unselfish reasons for everyone that comes after me. This organization is doing work that has a benefit today along with immense, unmeasured return in the future. I’m honored to nominate this organization. Please seriously consider them for this award; they do so much that is unrecognized, unacknowledged and yet vital for the well-being and health of this environment we call ‘home.’”
Thank you, Margie for your advocacy and your perspective !
”I grew up in the Lehigh Valley hunting, fishing, and trapping in the area and it has instilled in me a deep appreciation of wildlife. I also learned of the need for protecting wildlife habitat and open space as I watched suburban development creep over that landscape. When I go back to visit there now, I see sadly that the open spaces I used to roam no longer exist. The Lebanon Valley reminds me of the Lehigh Valley before it was paved over. I enjoy Lebanon County’s relatively rural landscape and would not like to see it change substantially.”
Jim Binder, Pa. Game Commission, Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area.
“I grew up on a family farm in Iowa, was a career USDA employee. After 38 years living in suburban Washington, DC, we moved to Cornwall Manor, the lovely retirement community. What a relief to return to this wonderful rural environment! I am too old to be much service, but I believe in the purposes of Lebanon Valley Conservancy, Inc. enough to want to be a member.” Seth Huisman, a new neighbor in our Lebanon Valley.
“The Lebanon Valley is unique in that it offers choices for many outdoor activities at any level of interest or ability. For cyclists there are many great country roads & miles of rail trail plus the availability of numerous mountain trails. Hikers can use the Horseshoe Trail, Appalachain Trail, or a whole network of trails in the Mt. Gretna area, just to name the most notable. All are very close by with easy access. I’ve taken advantage of all of these great resources since the 70’s.”
Garry Lehman, athlete, avid cyclist, and resident of the Lebanon Valley most of his life.
“We know that you see our Valley as an area of rich farmland, beautiful woodlands, and vibrant ponds and streams. This is the environment in which we have chosen to live and raise our families.”
Jackie & Wiley Parker, 2011 Lebanon Valley Conservancy Annual Appeal Chairs.