The Conservancy launched our newest Heritage Trail map this March during Charter Days at the Cornwall Iron Furnace. Thanks to our generous sponsors for making this new map possible. Our Gold Sponsors were Cornwall Manor and the County Commissioners through their Hotel Tax Grant. Other sponsors include the Cornwall Inn, Blue Bird Inn, JBT Bank and PRL Industries. Join us on May 3rd as we officially launch the map at First Friday downtown. 5-9pm at Visit Lebanon Valley. We will honor the writers of the map Michael Trump and Sue Wentzel. Please join us!
**To read about the other noteworthy heritage sites of Cornwall please click on the Heritage Trail tab.
The Conservancy hosted a Community Forum with the Community Health Council and 10,000 Friends of PA in February as part of the Community Conservation Committee with TLVC. This forum was to hear from the residents of Lebanon about environmental issues, identifying green spaces and park interests, walking and biking in Lebanon and best communication tools. The forum was attended by about 60 people and was a great learning tool for project initiatives. Please follow us on Facebook as we implement some of the suggestions locally in Lebanon.
Events at the Conservancy!
First Annual Tower to Town 10 Mile Trail Race
Our First Tower to Town Race was held on October 7th, 2018. This collaboration with the Community Health Council of Lebanon County raised $5000 for the John E. Wengert Memorial Park. This event kicked off with Mayor Capello welcoming the runners. First Energy presented John with a $10,000 check for the park. Then 150 racers took to the course, up the fire tower hill and down the rail trail all the way to Optimist Park in the City. It was a great event highlighting the Lebanon community, outdoor recreation and healthy lifestyles. Join us October 6th, 2019!
Jack Hubley Earth Day Event was a HIT!
On Sunday, April 29th, we held an Earth Day event hosting Jack Hubley. We enjoyed Jack’s program “Critters beyond your Backyard” plus hikes and crafts for the kids.
Scholarship Winner announced: Claire Leedy
The Richard H. Light and Karen R. Light Memorial Scholarship was awarded to LVC student Claire Leedy at our Earth Day event. This $1000 prize is awarded to a student who continues to major in environmental studies. Claire hopes to finish her education in shark conservation. Pictured are members of the Light family, Rodney Gernert, scholarship chairperson and Claire Leedy.
Kittatinny Homestead Event -October 1, 2017 The Lebanon Valley Conservancy Inc. hosted a Kittatinny Homestead Event at the Herr Farm on Sunday, October 1st. Local landowners were invited to learn more about the Conservancy’s work, our Conservation Easement Program and enjoy a day at the farm. This special event brought together, local landowners, easement property holders, donors, Board Members, and sponsors.
Quittie Phase 2 Project gets underway with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held June 23, 2016 at the Quittie Nature Park, Raymond J. Swingholm Footbridge in Annville, PA. Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce event coverage link.
Quittapahilla Stream Bank Restoration Project - Phase 1
Project Summary with Before & After Photos
On April 25, 2016, the Lebanon Valley Conservancy, Inc., in partnership with the Quittapahilla Watershed Association, was awarded $26,250 Growing Greener grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, for the development of a Watershed Implementation Plan for the Quittapahilla Creek and priority subwatersheds. The plan will identify and prioritize restoration projects to be implemented in Quittapahilla watershed, such as the Streambank Restoration Project in Quittie Creek Nature Park in Annville (Phase 2 of which is scheduled to begin in June and be completed by September 2016). <P> A Watershed Implementation Plan formally approved by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is in most cases an essential precondition for state, federal, and private foundation grants. The Plan will be prepared by Rocky Powell of Clear Creeks Consulting, LLC.<P> “We are thrilled about the award,” said Dave Lasky, Co-President of the Quittapahilla Watershed Association, “It shows that our community’s efforts to improve the quality of the Quittapahilla watershed continue to bear fruit, and that the Commonwealth recognizes the importance of these efforts and supports them not just in words but with the resources needed to get them done.”
Kittatinny Ridge and the Lebanon Valley Conservancy’s Participation in its Preservation. Thank you Lebanon Daily News and John Latimer for the great coverage.
Photo by George C. Gress
Quittie Stream Bank Restoration ~ 2014 Phase I ~ November 17 marked the date by way of a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in Annville at the Raymond J. Swingholm Footbridge in the Quittie Nature Park, for the initiation of the Quittapahilla Stream Bank Restoration Project. The Conservancy was awarded $444,126 from the PA Dept of Environmental Protection and another $80,000 from the Fish & Boat Commission. Quittapahilla Stream Bank Restoration Project
2014 Non-Profit of the Year Award ~ On October 21, 2014 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. <P>
FERC Comment ~ 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. To read the entire Comment, please use this link to our Publications Pages. Action Alerts ~ FERC Comment Page
Tisha Walmer from the Lebanon Valley Conservancy spoke with us about all of the positive work they are doing in the Lebanon area. Their conservation work is done by committed volunteers who work with land owners. They also work with Quittapahilla Watershed Association, Pennsylvania Land Trust Association, Lebanon Chamber of Commerce, Community of Lebanon Association, Land Trust Alliance, Lebanon Valley Rails to Trails and Lebanon County Historical Society. Be sure to watch the video and find out all of the great things the LVC is doing for our area. Then SHARE it with your friends. Produced by Annubis ProductionsPosted by We Are Lebanon, Pa. on Wednesday, December 6, 2017