Funding for the Lebanon Valley Conservancy comes from people like you through memberships, donations, sponsorships and bequests. These funds make it possible for us to further our mission …”the preservation of the unique cultural, historical, and environmental heritage of our region for the benefit of present and future generations.”
Your continued support enables the field trips, annual film presentations, and development of the Lebanon County Heritage Trail map brochures of our communities. It provides for preservation of our farms and natural lands and ensures migratory birds and waterfowl have seasonal feeding grounds. Donations enable our continuing scholarship awards program and to continue to provide educational projects to keep us informed on the latest methods of conservation, green building and business methods, and initiatives for maintenance of our fragile environment.
Thank you all for your continuing support !
2015 & 2016 Events & Projects
Spring In The Valley 2016
Spring In The Valley 2015
Held April 12, 2015 at the Hebron Fire Hall. It was a wonderful event … enjoy the photo array !
2012 - 2013 Projects
The Lebanon Valley Conservancy (LVC) has preserved 459.603 acres of land to date. Over 2012-13 we established two more easements: The Izaak Walton League, a 36.96 acre property along the Swatara Creek in Union Township was preserved in 2012. In Spring of 2013, the Charles and Jean Henry, 122.26 acre working farm in West Cornwall was preserved. In December of 2013, the Conservancy finalized easements in Union and Cold Springs Townships for 294.07 acres, preserving the lands for the Clair Wagner family.
A few years ago the Conservancy’s Historic Resources Committee along with partners in local government and cultural and historic societies throughout the county embarked on the implementation of a project known as the Lebanon County Heritage Trail. The “Trail” consists of a 100-mile driving and biking trail circumnavigating the county and passes through many of our towns. Beginning in 2009, the LVC inaugurated the Trail with a walking trail map brochure of Lebanon city which was the first in a series of fourteen walking trail maps of our local communities. The mapping of the fourteen towns is being done in phases and earlier this year we completed phase two with the introduction of the Annville, Jonestown and Palmyra walking trail map brochures. We are moving forward with plans to begin the development of historical mapping for Myerstown, Mt. Gretna and Schaefferstown.
Each year the LVC awards students scholarships for their work in conservation efforts in our Lebanon Valley. Be sure to check the Scholarship Awards section for the recipients of the annual awards.
The Middle Creek Initiative (MCI) was started by the LVC with the support of the Lebanon County Planning Department, PA Audubon, Lebanon County Conservation District and Pennsylvania Game Commission from the Middle Creek Wildlife Maintenance Area. This initiative works to preserve farmlands within a five mile radius of Middle Creek to ensure feeding grounds are maintained for the migratory birds, waterfowl and in particular, Tundra Swans. The Tundra Swans migrate through this area twice a year and feed in the farmlands surrounding Middle Creek. With rapidly diminishing farmlands and natural areas along the migration routes of these birds, Lebanon County’s farmland is globally critical in the survival of the Tundra Swan. MCI is currently working with Heidelberg Township in providing information to local land owners with regard to Agricultural Security Areas.
In October of 2012 the LVC hosted an easement party to highlight the Izaak Walton League conservation easement. The event offered an opportunity for the local residents to become acquainted with the LVC and to learn about conservation easements. Attending and assisting with presentations were: County Commissioners JoEllen Litz and Bill Ames, US Congressman James Gerlach, former Jonestown Mayor George Kaufman, representatives from the Kittatiny Ridge Coalition, Audubon PA, Lebanon Valley Rails to Trails, Lebanon County Wildlife Association as well as members of the Izaak Walton League and Union Township Supervisors.
During the 2013 and 2014 spring migration seasons, the LVC offered refreshments and an educational exhibit to the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area visitors at the Visitor Center, courtesy of the PA Game Commission. This opportunity allowed us to provide information about the Conservancy and our programs. The Conservancy offered our video “The Middle Creek Initiative” for visitors to view. The video is available for you to view on our website. Go to the “Middle Creek Initiative” under “Ongoing Projects”. The production was developed by the Conservancy about the Tundra Swan and the importance of the Lebanon Valley in the migration and survival of this great bird.