The Manada Conservancy is a land trust--a local, non-profit organization--dedicated to the preservation of the natural, historic, agricultural and scenic resources of Dauphin County and to the promotion of environmental education.
In keeping with our dual mission of land preservation and environmental education, our active work on both fronts has resulted in the preservation of nearly 800 acres of land in Dauphin County. To read about our exceptional preservation projects, click here. We have presented numerous free educational programs, outdoor activities, and created many publications, free of charge. Our ongoing student volunteer and internship programs and student outreach has provided information about the value of the land we live on and its relationship to the ecosystems which sustain us. In addition, we have a strong initiative to promote the use of native plants in the landscape, and have provided programs, data and resources, as well as hosting our annual signature Native Plant Sale, which includes speakers and activities. Please check our calendar of events often for upcoming programs.
The Manada Conservancy has protected, in perpetuity, more than 860 acres of habitat, farmland, stream banks, wetlands and open space. We are working on more than twice that number of acres in 2012 and into 2013. Our land protection is accomplished through outright ownership (about 40 acres) and through voluntary conservation easements donated by landowners on their private lands. Along stream banks, we have done restorations, plantings and clean-ups, with much more to be done. Each of our protected properties has been preserved because of high conservation value, and each conservation easement is tailored to protect those important resources. Along with agricultural lands, we have made The Swatara Greenway and the Kittatinny Ridge Corridor high priority areas, and we have protected a number of properties within these two areas.
On the education front, The Manada Conservancy has presented at least four free educational programs per year since the late 1990’s, covering topics ranging from
Natural History to History to larger issues like Climate Change. These programs have been in easily accessible locations, and have been attended by all ages. We also have mentored many Eagle Scouts, have given out numerous Student awards, and have a very active volunteer and internship program. Our promotion of Native Plants in the landscape has resulted in the purchase of thousands of natives at our sales, and we have given over 100 presentations on landscaping with natives. We maintain a free data download page on our web site with planting information and suggestions.
The waterseds of the Manada and Swatara Creeks, the Kittatinny Ridge Corridor, and the surrounding lands contain precious natural, historic, agricultural and scenic
resources that have helped to define the character of this region. Their continued existence holds the hope of a sustainable balance between the short term needs of the people who live here, long term needs of the generations to come, and the health of the ecosystem. These resources are being fragmented, destroyed and utilized
in an unplanned fashion, with little or no vision of future consequences. There are numerous organizations and agencies that have made heartening inroads toward
the solutions to these problems, but implementation has been slow. The Manada Conservancy focuses on our local area and its members are familiar with the specific
needs and pressures on land in our region.
Our primary focus is on Dauphin County; much of our land preservation work has occurred in the lower two-thirds of the County, as well as in the Powell’s Valley area. Our educational programming reaches a multi-county area.
It is difficult for government to move quickly enough to protect important resources. A Land Trust is an organizaiton with preservation as its central purpose. Land Trusts can work with landowners to voluntarily protect their land through acquisition of easements, acceptance of land donations or by outright purchase. The Conservancy can also cooperate with government agencies and private organizations to protect land.
Local conservation organizations can serve as a source for easily accessible information and programs geared to local preservation projects.
As of 2010, there are over 1723 land trusts in the U.S. and they have protected more than 47 million acres. In Pennsylvania, over 500,000 acres have been protected by 103 land trusts. This includes farms, wetlands, wildlife habitat, urban gardens and partks, forests, coastlines, river corridors and trails. More land is being protected every day. Each land trust contributes to the overall total of these lands preserved. Manada Conservancy is contributing our local expertise to protect important lands in our region, which, combined with lands protected elsewhere and by other means, is making an impact on the landscape and hope for a sustainable future for all.
The Conservancy relies on memberships and donations for its operating budget and on time donated by members and friends for its day to day operations. We apply for grants from government and private foundations for both land protection and educational projects. Grants that we have received to date have provided valuable resources to advance a number of our programs. However, the level of local financial support is the main determinant of how much can be accomplished.
Become a member!
Fund our mission. There are many ways to do this—please visit our How to Help page.
Preserve your high conservation value land. Call us at (717) 566-4122 to learn more. You can download our preservation packet here. Protecting the natural resources on your land is a legacy for future generations.
Get involved. Would you like to volunteer? No prior experience necessary! Click here for information.
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