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Manada Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. 


Manada Conservancy is a land trust dedicated to preserving the natural, historic, agricultural, and scenic resources of Dauphin County through land conservation, environmental education, and community engagement.


Manada Conservancy envisions communities in which preserved land is abundant, native habitat is restored, and conservation is widely understood and practiced for the benefit of all.

Guiding Principles

  • Personal connection with nature: Manada Conservancy believes that a personal connection with nature increases wellbeing for individuals and for our communities.  We will promote and inspire a personal connection with nature for everyone we serve.
  • Conserving irreplaceable resources: We believe that Dauphin County’s natural resources enrich our communities, maintain the health of our environment, and increase our resilience to climate change. They are irreplaceable and their conservation is our highest priority.
  • Restoring natural environments: The Conservancy is committed to diligent stewardship of our owned and eased properties and to supporting others in their stewardship efforts. We strive to restore habitats to their natural state by activities such as improving riparian buffers, removing invasive species, and promoting the use of native plants in landscaping.
  • Fulfilling our promise to future generations: Manada Conservancy recognizes its responsibility to conserve the natural assets for current and future generations. We will remain organizationally and fiscally robust, consistently use the best available information to guide decision-making, and ensure the availability of resources to care for our properties and easements in perpetuity.
  • Building awareness:  The Conservancy’s success is contingent on raising awareness of the importance of a healthy natural environment to the health of the communities we serve and to global health and resilience. We will serve as a scientifically sound and trusted voice regarding conservation matters. We will use all our resources – our natural, financial, and particularly our human resources – wisely and with integrity to benefit and ensure the trust of the community.
  • Seeking collaboration:  Given the importance and breadth of our mission, Manada Conservancy will actively seek collaborations to increase our impact. We will offer our knowledge, capabilities, and energies to other organizations including other land trusts, state and local governments, other non-profits, and businesses that support conservation. We will expand our engagement to include new partnerships, including organizations that serve communities historically underrepresented in conservation efforts and access to the natural world.
  • Engaging all authentically and respectfully:  Manada Conservancy believes that there is both community benefit and personal reward in working together with passionate, thoughtful individuals to advance a common cause. Our work within the Conservancy, with our partners, and with all other stakeholders will therefore be grounded in authenticity and respect. We will honor the diversity of Dauphin County by listening attentively to its people and offering our experience and assistance to those who seek it. We will provide informative programming and engage with the many communities that comprise this region.

Organizational Profile

Founding: A 501(c)(3) land trust in operation since 1997

Service Area: South Central PA, primarily Dauphin County (pop. 278,000; land area 558 square miles), home to portions of the Kittatinny Ridge, Swatara Creek, and Susquehanna River and State Capital, Harrisburg

Volunteer board: 11-19

Staff: ~4.5 FTE

Number of members: ~500

Acres protected: ~2900

        Owned: ~212, 10 parcels

        Eased: ~2729, 36 parcels

Operating budget: ~$360,000

Operating reserve: ~$180,000

Endowment: ~$390,000

Partners include: PA Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources, The Nature Conservancy, PA Audubon, Kittatinny Coalition, Fort Indiantown Gap Army Compatible Use Buffer program, Tri-County Regional Planning Commission, Dauphin County Woodland Owners Association

Educational programs (adults and children’s): 5/year; total ~200 attendees

Native plant sales: spring and late summer

Riparian buffer plantings: ~35 in total, >5,000 trees