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Conservancy Happenings

The Conservation Trail - September 2017

Good News !

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. Board Member, Margie Yohn started the afternoon with an overview of the Conservancy’s work. Chuck Wertz talked about the varied options used to preserve land in the greater Lebanon Valley. Host, Larry Herr, talked about the history of the farm, shared pictures and stories and lead a nature hike so all in attendence could enjoy the stewardship forest on his property.
The highlight of the afternoon was our guest speakers, Jim Logan Jr. and Jim Logan Sr. who shared a history lesson about the northern region of the county, and specifically about the Cold Spring Hotel. The Logans have done extensive research about the hotel and have written a book to give an in depth look at historical pictures and the story of the Hotel. The lecture was enjoyed by all in attendence. This special event brought together, local landowners, easement property holders, donors, Board Members, and sponsors. We are grateful to our sponsors for this event: Yocum & Co., Arthur Funk & Sons, Inc., Paul Davis Restoration, The Herr Family, and Strickler Insurance. Part of the funding was provided through a grant from The Nature Conservancy and DCNR.

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

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)

John Wengert Memorial Park

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.”

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

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.”