The Lebanon Valley Conservancy staff and board members continue to work to support and improve our local community and environment. Please feel free to reach out to us via phone, mail, email or Facebook. Take a break today and enjoy nature – it can be a great way to relax and reduce stress!
May E-News: MayEnews
Member Hike - The member hikes have been POSTPONED until further notice.
2019 Tower to Town - Over $5700 was raised for the John E. Wengert Memorial Park.
Planted over 1000 trees as part of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Keystone 10 Million Tree Partnership. Thanks to our great volunteers!
Lebtown Tree planting article
172 Acres Preserved in the Kittatinny Ridge Valley.
On June 21st, TLVC protected two farms with Conservation Easements along the Kittatinny Ridge. The Nye Farm contains 71.75 acres of farmland and borders Forge Creek. The adjoining property, the Shuey Farm, over 100 acres is also in agriculture. These lands are a treasure to wildlife habitat, watershed protection and valuable agriculture land in the northern part of Lebanon County. Here are some articles highlighting the achievement. Lebanon Daily News Lebtown
TLVC Membership Drive launched May 2019! Become a member of the Conservancy and be part of a great organization protecting our local cultural, historical and environmental resources for the future.
2019 Scholarship Winners Announced!
The Lebanon Valley Conservancy (TLVC) is pleased to announce Anju Ghimirey and Erin Krieger as the recipients of the 2019 Richard H. and Karen R. Light Memorial Scholarship. Ghimirey received a $2,500 scholarship and Krieger was presented with a $1,000 scholarship. Both students will use the awards to assist them in their pursuit of education in the field of environmental sciences. Pictured Rebecca Urban, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, Lebanon Valley College; Anju Ghimirey, sophomore, Lebanon Valley College; Jeanne Boltz, member of the Richard H. and Karen R. Light Memorial scholarship committee; Erin Krieger, senior, Northern Lebanon High School; Ronda Sowers, environmental science and biology teacher, Northern Lebanon School District TLVCScholarshipAward
Cornwall Heritage Trail Map now available:
Official kick off of the Cornwall Heritage Trail map took place on May 3rd at Visit Lebanon Valley. The writers Mike Trump and Sue Wentzel were honored, the designer Mike and Tish Bachleda from Bachleda Studio, and the sponsors were recognized. Thanks for the County Commissioners for the Hotel Tax grant to complete the project. Other sponsors include Cornwall Manor, PRL Industries, JBT Bank, The Blue Bird Inn and The Cornwall Inn. Pick up your maps at Visit Lebanon Valley, the Historical Society or the Cornwall Iron Furnace.
**To read about the other noteworthy heritage sites of Cornwall please click on the Heritage Trail tab.
Community Forum - February 2019
The Conservancy hosted a Community Forum with the Community Health Council and 10,000 Friends of PA in February as part of the Community Conservation Committee with TLVC. This forum was to hear from the residents of Lebanon about environmental issues, identifying green spaces and park interests, walking and biking in Lebanon and best communication tools. The forum was attended by about 60 people and was a great learning tool for project initiatives. Please follow us on Facebook as we implement some of the suggestions locally in Lebanon.
Events at the Conservancy!
Tour de Lebanon Bike Ride - Saturday, June 8th, 2019. Ride website
First Annual Tower to Town 10 Mile Trail Race
Our First Tower to Town Race was held on October 7th, 2018. This collaboration with the Community Health Council of Lebanon County raised $5000 for the John E. Wengert Memorial Park. This event kicked off with Mayor Capello welcoming the runners. First Energy presented John with a $10,000 check for the park. Then 150 racers took to the course, up the fire tower hill and down the rail trail all the way to Optimist Park in the City. It was a great event highlighting the Lebanon community, outdoor recreation and healthy lifestyles. Join us October 6th, 2019!
Jack Hubley Earth Day Event was a HIT! On Sunday, April 29th, we held an Earth Day event hosting Jack Hubley. We enjoyed Jack’s program “Critters beyond your Backyard” plus hikes and crafts for the kids. Scholarship Winners announced: Anju Geurney and Erin Kreider
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.
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). <P> 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.<P> “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
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
Tisha Walmer from the Lebanon Valley Conservancy spoke with us about all of the positive work they are doing in the Lebanon area. Their conservation work is done by committed volunteers who work with land owners. They also work with Quittapahilla Watershed Association, Pennsylvania Land Trust Association, Lebanon Chamber of Commerce, Community of Lebanon Association, Land Trust Alliance, Lebanon Valley Rails to Trails and Lebanon County Historical Society. Be sure to watch the video and find out all of the great things the LVC is doing for our area. Then SHARE it with your friends. Produced by Annubis ProductionsPosted by We Are Lebanon, Pa. on Wednesday, December 6, 2017