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Looking to Work With a Good Cause ?

Do you have a concern and desire to improve the quality of life in the Lebanon Valley? Do you have the time to put to this cause, serving with fellow citizens saving our natural and agricultural lands, preserving the history in our communities, and raising the funds to help achieve these missions?

If you feel you can dedicate your time and resources to this ideal, we would like to speak with you at the Lebanon Valley Conservancy, Inc. As the Lebanon Valley’s leading non-profit activist conservation organization since 2000, we have helped save 800 acres of land, restored stretches of the Quittapahilla Creek, saved the last German bank barn of its kind in Lebanon County, and created an incredible Heritage Trail of historic buildings in our communities to educate people of all walks of life.

This fortitude helps secure a livable community and ultimately benefits the economic security of this place we call home. If you think you will bring something to the table to help us do our job, apply to become a Conservancy Board Member. We would like to hear from you. Call 717-273-6400 or Email: lvconserve@lebanonvalleyconservancy.org

May 2017 Conservation Trail Newsletter

Good News !

Movie Event - July 21st, 2017 at the Clarence Schock Memorial Park at Governor Dick. The event was an educational event to highlight local environmental work and inspire kid conservationists. Thank you to our sponsors: Sylvan Learning, BeYohnd Mail & Marketing and the Blue Bird Inn.
Movie Event John Wengert Memorial Park

Thank You to Donor Event - April 2017 An event was held at the Foundry to thank 2016 donors for their generosity to the Annual Appeal. Margie Yohn, Board Member, thanked Troy and Sonya Peters for co-chairing last years appeal. Next Tisha Walmer introduced this years AA Chairperson, Pete Silldorff, Pete inspired us with his words for this years campaign. Next the Scholarship winner was recognized (look for more in the Scholarship section) and Chuck Wertz was honored as the 2017 Conservationist of the Year. Thanks to the Outreach Committee for a great event. (/~lebanonv/perch/resources/img3132-w640h480.jpg)

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.

Quittie Summary 2015

Lebanon Daily News article on the Quittie Restoration Phase 2

It should be noted that Dr. David Lasky, a Lebanon Valley Conservancy, Inc. Board Member is also Co-President of the Quittapahilla Watershed Association (QWA) along with Mike Schroeder, Co-Preseident of the QWA.

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).

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.

“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.”

Spring in the Valley 2016 - Event Photos

Photographer: Michael K. Dakota, Lebanon Daily News

More Photos by LVC Board Member Ann Pinca

2015-16 Fall/Winter Newsletter

[It’s Conservancy 2017 Membership Time ~ Join Us !] 2017 Membership Letter

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 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.

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

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.

The Pennsylvania Constitution Article 1, Section 27

“The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment.

Pennsylvania’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people.”