Naturalist Training Program Seeks Participants in the Philadelphia area

In the Spring of 2015, the volunteer training program of Pennsylvania Master Naturalist is partnering with Friends of the Wissahickon to prepare citizens to become volunteer leaders in their communities through natural resource conservation education, citizen science, and stewardship. Pennsylvania Master Naturalist is a citizen volunteer initiative with three key components: an initial 55-hour volunteer training, annual volunteer service, and continuing education in the natural sciences.

Building Volunteer Leadership for Community-based Conservation

Master Naturalist volunteers design and pursue a wide variety of service projects from habitat restoration and native plantings, to nature walks and interpretative displays or publications on natural history, to water quality monitoring and supporting the natural resource conservation efforts of partnering organizations. Since 2010, Pennsylvania Master Naturalist volunteers in Southeastern Pennsylvania have:

  • engaged in more than 6,300 hours of conservation service
  • contributed $140,700 in conservation value and impact to numerous regional partners
  • reached over 9,000 people through education and outreach initiatives
  • improved 330 acres of habitat through stewardship service
  • dedicated themselves to 2,300 hours of continuing education in the natural sciences

Seeking New Applicants for Spring 2015

The Pennsylvania Master Naturalist natural history training includes 55 hours of classroom (weekday evenings) and field (Saturday) sessions and will be coordinated by the Friends of the Wissahickon in the spring of 2015.

The training will begin on April 6, 2015 and end on May 28, 2015. Classroom sessions will take place on most Monday and Thursday evenings from 6:00-8:30pm at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. Field trips are scheduled on four Saturdays (4/11/15, 4/25/15, 5/9/15, 5/16/15) beginning at 9:00am and continuing through most of the day.

Individuals interested in the Pennsylvania Master Naturalist Program in Philadelphia are invited to apply by February 17, 2015. Applications can be found on Pennsylvania Master Naturalist’s website at www.pamasternaturalist.org under “Become a Master Naturalist” and “2015 Training”.

Contact:          Andrea Stevens, Program Coordinator

progcoord@pamasternaturalist.org

(570) 764-7628

 

Allegheny Land Trust Closes on Fifth Property of the Year

On December 31, 2014, Allegheny Land Trust (ALT) closed on the 8.5-acre Fairhill Recreation Association project in Sewickley, making 2014 the first year in the organization’s 20-year history to acquire five properties in one calendar year.

ALT acquired 76 acres in 2014, and brought the organizations total protected green space to over 1,700 acres in Allegheny and Washington Counties. The land value of the 76 acres totaled about $1.4 million, of which $430,000 came from land donations.

“2014 was a banner year for us. We would not have been successful without the excellent collaboration with our volunteers, funders and partners,” ALT President & CEO Chris Beichner said. “I’m proud of the work our Board and staff has put in to advance our goals and to create beautiful, natural preserves for wildlife habitat, water management and passive recreational opportunities.”

Other green space protected by the land trust in 2014 includes a 9-acre parcel in Sewickley Borough, which protects an important headwater area; an 8.5-acre parcel in Richland Township; a strategic 2-acre parcel in Elizabeth Borough providing trail head access and road frontage for the Dead Man’s Hollow Conservation Area; and a 48-acre parcel in Sewickley Hills that expanded the Audubon Greenway Conservation Area linking Sewickley Hills Park to Sewickley Heights Park.

Though the land trust said they don’t expect to close on as many properties again in 2015, they have already made significant progress on two Sewickley-based projects that exceed the 2014 total protected acreage. One parcel includes 58-acres in Sewickley Heights Borough that would ultimately expand and become part of the borough’s park, and the other is a 30-acre parcel offered by Sewickley Borough that ALT was the successful bidder on.

Landowner preserves farm in tribute to departed husband

???????????????????????????????Jeff and Beulah Hartlaub met when they were 16 and married right out of high school. They raised their three daughters, Sherry, Angie, and Amanda, in a home outside Littlestown; and with his father, John, Jeff ran Hartlaub and Sons Auto Parts. For years Jeff and Beulah had their eyes on a beautiful piece of farmland right up the road from their house that was owned by B. Guy and Mary Smith, and they dreamed of one day owning it themselves. After the Smiths passed away and the land went up for auction in 2001, the Hartlaubs knew this was their chance. “I didn’t go to the auction because I was too nervous,” Beulah said, thinking back. Later that afternoon Jeff came home with a smile on his face—the farm was theirs.

The Hartlaubs set to work renovating the old farmhouse and moved there in August 2002. An old Pennsylvania bank barn stands on the historic property as well, along with several outbuildings, which the couple refurbished so that Jeff could store his antique car collection there.

Sadly, Jeff Hartlaub died suddenly in December 2006, leaving Beulah to care for their farm on her own. “He only got to live here five years,” she said. “But I decided to stay here and live on the farm. Our daughters have fond memories of visiting here when the Smiths owned it when they were growing up. They would often come here on errands to buy fruit and meat from the farm.” The couple’s daughters, now grown and married, live not far away, and Beulah’s four grandchildren today enjoy coming to the farm to help her in the garden and to see the deer and other wildlife.

On December 11 this year, Beulah Hartlaub completed a conservation easement on nearly 56 acres of her land, preserving the property as beautifully rolling farmland in perpetuity. A conservation easement, a voluntary legal agreement attached to the property title, specifies the kind and amount of development the landowner wants to allow on the property now and in the future. Beulah chose to preserve virtually her entire farm, setting aside small sections for her children and grandchildren to build on in the future, if they so choose.

“I wanted to preserve our farm because I feel it’s very important to protect as much farmland as possible—too many farms are sold to developers,” Hartlaub said. “I’m also doing this to honor my late husband, because he loved this farm as much as I do. He would always say how much he hated to see farms sold for development, and I know this is what he would want me to do.”

The Hartlaub farm straddles the Union and Mount Pleasant township line on gently rolling land. It is planted primarily in field crops, with tree lines at the property edges that serve as wildlife habitat. Beulah rents the fields to Dwayne Lawrence, a neighboring farmer—“He was farming it when we bought it, so we just stayed with him,” she said, adding that he takes good care of the land, making sure the soil stays fertile and protected from erosion. Lying in the watershed of the South Branch Conewago Creek, the Hartlaub farm is an important resource for groundwater recharge in the southeastern part of Adams County.

Hartlaub had been thinking about preserving her farm on and off for at least five years. “Then I woke up one morning and I said, ‘Okay, Beulah, you need to get this moving because time is flying by.’ I decided it was time to move ahead.”

Once she got started, Hartlaub found that preserving her land was an easy process, especially working with the Land Conservancy’s conservation coordinator, Sarah Kipp. “When I came to the Land Conservancy office and talked with Sarah, she told me everything I needed to know and I felt comfortable moving ahead,” Hartlaub said. “I wanted to be sure to get it done in my lifetime. I’m glad that I was able to see the process through. Hopefully it will motivate some of my neighbors who have farms to do this.”

Hartlaub donated her easement to the Land Conservancy, which means that she accepted no compensation for the property value she forfeited by restricting development on her land. Her easement brings the Land Conservancy’s total preserved acreage in 2014 to 1,060. Since it was founded in 1995, the Land Conservancy has worked with more than100 Adams County landowners to preserve a total of 9,303 acres in 134 conservation easements.

A member-supported, fully accredited nonprofit land trust, the Land Conservancy’s mission is to preserve Adams County’s beautiful rural lands and character by working with interested landowners to protect their property from unplanned development both today and in the future. For more information about the Land Conservancy, visit http://www.LCACnet.org, email lcac@adamscounty.us, or call (717) 334-2828.

Mid-State Trail Founder Dies

Tom Thwaites died Christmas Day.  Cause of death was likely heart failure, since he had endured arterial  fibrillation for over 30 years.

Condolence cards may be sent to his wife, Barbara, at H119 Foxdale Village, 500 E. Marilyn Ave., State College PA 16801. Barbara expects to have a memorial service for Tom in April.

Tom wore many hats. He was a professor of Physics at Penn State for many years,  author  of a series of books, including “50 Hikes in Central PA” and he was the architect of the Mid-State Trail.  The MST began in 1969 by Tom’s Penn State Outing Club and now extends from the Maryland line to the NY State line. The MST is the longest trail in Pennsylvania at over 500 Km, passing through State Game Lands,  five state forests, eight natural areas and nine state parks.

“Why do large numbers of hikers venture into the wet, wild woods with biting insects and stinging nettles, on trails lined with roots and studded with rocks? There is something different and deeply appealing about hiking in the out-of-doors. The wilder and more beautiful the land, the better the hiking. Clearly, these experiences are spiritual. It is the deep, but bright, secret of hiking. Spiritual experience is essential to our well-being, so hiking remains popular.”                                                                       — Tom Thwaites

WPC Protects Land Along French Creek

 The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has permanently protected 66 acres in Rockdale Township, Crawford County, the Conservancy announced today.

Located downstream from another WPC-protected property, this property has approximately 1,600 feet of creek frontage along French Creek, one of the most ecologically significant waterways in the northeastern United States.

“The conservation of this property will help to protect French Creek, its water quality and aquatic life, and forestland along the creek,” said Thomas Saunders, WPC president and chief executive officer.

Niknar1_zpse05ae0baThe property includes a wetland and a forested, riparian buffer along the creek. Forested riparian corridors help to regulate the temperature of streams and create conditions that contribute to improved water quality and habitat for the federally endangered and threatened freshwater mussels and numerous fish species of special conservation concern in Pennsylvania that live in the watershed.

WPC purchased the land from the Niknar Sportsmen’s Club, which has owned the property since the 1950s. This property will be managed as a natural area and be open to the public for low-impact recreation, such as hunting, hiking and wildlife watching.

“The mission of the Niknar Sportsmen’s Club was to promote, foster and protect wildlife and natural resources, and encourage participation in recreational activities and sports,” said George Varzaly, president of Niknar Sportsmen’s Club, who now lives in Georgia. “Thanks to the Conservancy, we are able to uphold the original charter of the organization and keep the land natural forever.”

The acquisition was made possible through one family’s generous financial contribution in memory of their son and brother, Brad Barnes. Barnes, who lived in the area, was dedicated to conservation and to protecting endangered plants and animals. His family has conserved several ecologically significant properties in northwestern Pennsylvania with WPC in his memory. Funds from the estate of Helen B. Katz also contributed to this acquisition.

John F. Logue Conservation Easement Completed

December 16, 2014 – Another 109.5 acres in Lycoming County’s Cascade Township were conserved through the on-going support of our members and the generous donation by landowners Genevieve Neff Logue and Matthew and Kimberly (Logue) Smargiasso.

For decades, the Logues drove from their home in northwest Pennsylvania to Williamsport for family visits. During those visits, Genevieve and her late husband, John “Jack” F. Logue, Jr. – Williamsport natives – and their son Kevin, daughter Kim and son-in-law Matt, would sometimes head north to hike the former Charles and Catherine (McCrystal) Logue property. Jack provided the commentary about Cascade Twp. and childhood visits to this place—his grandparents’ farm.

Locating the homestead’s small stone foundation and a nearby spring, spotting the apple tree and lilac, admiring broad stone walls crafted by Irish Catholic hands, appreciating the wetlands, and taking in the long view at the top of Frymire Road were all part of the outings.

This lOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand is where Jack’s father John F. Logue, Sr., his uncle Vincent Logue, and a special aunt Katherine Logue Kilby grew up. Cascade Twp. was a place where Jack’s extended family lived and gathered. It was a magical place for him, an only child who lived a long 25 miles away in the city of Williamsport. It was open space to ramble, observe, think, and daydream. It fed the soul and shaped the man.

It turned out he wasn’t the only one who loved that land. It has remained in the family as one contiguous tract thanks to his aunt Katherine first and then to Jack and Genevieve. Katherine and Jack seemed to share an unspoken “leave the surface alone” philosophy.

Legacy. That’s what prompted Kim and Matt to travel from Mercer County to the Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy (NPC) office to ask about conservation easements. Their first exposure to the easement concept came through more than 30 years of membership with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. (Sometimes conservancy organizations are working together and don’t even realize it!) Genevieve, who is 88 and no longer travels, was on board with the idea of a conservation easement…as long and Kim and Matt took the lead. And they did. Knowledge of options, a mission to conserve the tract as Kim’s father had done for decades, and respect for ancestry quickly gelled into a plan.

The rolling and irregular property has changed a bit over the decades. Stonewalls, a trademark of Irish homesteads in the area, still exist. However, the property is no longer recognizable as a farm. The fields have been gradually reverting to woodland. Trees have matured and some areas have always been wooded. The forest consists of a mixture of northern hardwoods, including beech, birch, cherry, oak and maple, and associated species. Some light timbering in one area was done in 2011 in accordance with the property’s Forest Stewardship Plan. A variety of ferns have grown; deer have prospered; a short walking trail was created.

The property contains several wetlands including an abandoned beaver pond that is now approximately five acre wetland. The property’s springs and wetlands contribute to an   un-named tributary of Wallis Run flowing through the property. Wallis Run is an EV (Exceptional Value) designated waterway in Pennsylvania. The water from this property eventually reaches the Chesapeake Bay, whose protection and restoration is a multi-state priority.

The family didn’t fully realize the significance of the water resources on their Lycoming County property until November 2014 when Kim and Matt joined NPC staff, interns, and the technical committee to walk the land and then discuss it. By conserving this property, the landowners aLogue-2014-6re helping to protect not only this region’s water quality but also that of the Susquehanna River and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. During the meeting, NPC staff members were also able to relay to the landowners the importance of preventing erosion and siltation as well as overly compacted soil that can be caused by disturbances, including ATV use and horseback riding.

Before he died in 2009, John F. Logue, Jr. talked to Kim about his lucky life. He became a professional musician, mathematician, teacher, and computer programmer / systems analyst. Hearkening to his childhood appreciation of open space and with Genevieve’s willingness and capable assistance, he also added gentleman sheep farmer to the list. The Mercer County property grew to include fields, pastures, and woodlands with a ravine and small creek. It was an ideal setting for their kids and the neighborhood kids to explore, play, and embrace the natural world. And they did. And it shaped them too. The Logue family believes that this easement is yet another opportunity to inspire future generations to respect and appreciate the natural world.

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Local Landowners Choose Preservation over Development

This fall two local landowners rejected plans they had made to subdivide their land into a housing development—choosing instead to preserve their 135-acre Highland Township farm through a conservation easement with the Land Conservancy of Adams County.

“We even went so far as to have all the surveying done and all the development plans drawn up,” said landowner Paul Davis. But Paul and his wife Julie found that by the time they received final approval to move ahead with their development, they weren’t so sure they wanted to go through with it. “We looked at each other and said, ‘We don’t want to do this anymore,’” Julie said. “We’re surrounded almost completely by preserved land, and the more we talked to the people who had preserved their property, the more we thought that’s what we wanted to do. We don’t want to look out and see houses—we want to see corn.”

An offhand comment by a friend started the Davises down the preservation path. “It was during our annual Super Bowl party,” Julie said. “We were talking about our plans for our land, and Mark Berg asked us, ‘Have you thought about the Land Conservancy?’ Then we learned that other couples who are friends of ours have their land preserved with the Land Conservancy also.”

Once they started thinking about it, the Davises found more reasons to preserve their land. “We started paying attention to things that were being printed about water quality, because one whole side of our farm borders on Marsh Creek,” Paul said. “We were concerned about what might happen to the creek if we developed the land.”

So the Davises contacted the Land Conservancy’s conservation coordinator, Sarah Kipp, to begin working on developing a conservation easement for their property. A conservation easement is a legally binding document attached to the property deed that spells out the kind and amount of development the landowner wants to allow on his or her land, forever.

The Davises learned that their farm was a perfect candidate for preservation. “The Land Conservancy has recognized the importance of preserving this property for many years, as its half-mile, forested border along Marsh Creek provides wildlife habitat and protects the creek’s water quality,” Kipp explained. “On top of that, this farm has excellent soils that are now permanently available for agricultural production, and it’s wedged between two other preserved farms, so this conservation easement resulted in the formation of a contiguous block of permanently protected lands. Protecting our water resources, our farmland, and our rural landscape are essential elements of our mission, and they all came together in this project.”

Paul Davis, a retired United Airlines pilot, bought his Highland Township farm in 1971 to escape the suburban sprawl growing up around his home in northern Virginia. The Davises have researched their property at the Adams County Historical Society, learning that the land was originally settled in about 1739. The central section of their home is a log cabin dating to 1790, and a stone barn still stands on the property built at the same time. Over the 40 years Paul Davis has owned his property, the land has supported a Christ???????????????????????????????mas tree farm and a fully functioning landing strip for private pilots.

Grant funds for the purchase of the Davises’ conservation easement were provided by the federal Farm and Ranchland Protection Program (FRPP), which is overseen by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. These funds were matched by contributions from Sharon and Peter Sheppard through the Eva K. Sheppard Trust, the Highland Township Board of Supervisors, and the Land Conservancy.

“The success of this project is due in large part to the willingness of the Highland Township supervisors to invest in the future of agriculture here in Adams County and in their township,” said Land Conservancy president Norma Calhoun. “Without their contribution we would not have qualified for the FRPP funding. With diminished availability of county Green Space funding, we are heartened to see that townships, local organizations, and individual donors are willing to step up to continue making land conservation a priority in Adams County.”

“Along with the more immediate and visible considerations such as roadways, construction, sewer and water, and public safety, local government also has a responsibility to promote future land use that is desirable, appropriate, and sustainable,” said Craig Rockey, chairman of the Highland Township board of supervisors. “The unique opportunity afforded by the preservation of the Davis property assists residents in retaining the rural character of Highland Township by protecting its natural and agricultural resources, while at the same time enhancing property values, dampening infrastructure costs, and retaining a premier, strategic viewshed. Partnering with the Land Conservancy of Adams County, and leveraging the available resources of the federal government, was an efficient and expedient means of obtaining these benefits for the current and future Highland Township community.”

As far as the Davises are concerned, the experience of preserving their farm could not have been more pleasant. “The Land Conservancy made the whole process as easy as possible,” said Paul. “They knew what had to be done and how long it would take.” Julie especially enjoyed working with Kipp on the project. “Sarah is delightful and so smart and so good at what she does,” she said. “We both have enjoyed working with her so much. I can’t come up with any real good reasons why a landowner shouldn’t preserve their land.

 “We’re happier with our decision??????????????????????????????? every day,” Julie said. “I watched four bucks in the back yard the other day, and I see wild turkeys often. It’s perfect.” The Land Conservancy of Adams County is a member-supported, fully accredited nonprofit land trust established in 1995. Its mission is to preserve Adams County’s beautiful rural lands and character by working with interested landowners to protect their property from unplanned development both today and in the future.

The Land Conservancy partners with local landowners to preserve their land through conservation easements—voluntary legal agreements tailored to the landowner’s wishes and attached to the property title that specify the development the landowner wants to allow on the property, both now and in perpetuity. To date the Land Conservancy has worked with more than 100 Adams County landowners to preserve more than 9,000 acres of land through 133 easements. For more information about the Land Conservancy, visit www.LCACnet.org, email lcac@adamscounty.us, or call (717) 334-2828.

Hawk Mountain publishes new book Hawk Mountain: A Conservation Success Story arrives November 29

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary will cap its 80th anniversary year with a new publication: Hawk Mountain: A Conservation Success Story, and copies will be available Saturday, November 29 during the Sanctuary’s annual Holiday Open House festivities. Authors Jim Brett and Keith Bildstein will be on hand on this day to sign copies from noon until 3 pm.

The book includes updated essays by Jim Brett on the cultural and natural history of Hawk Mountain and pairs it with completely new information by Dr. Keith Bildstein on raptor conservation, the threats raptors face today, Hawk Mountain’s role in conservation ornithology, and finally, the Sanctuary’s optimism for raptors, thanks to our conservation science training program and global reach.

“This book is the perfect mix of old and new, and with illustrations by Julie Zickefoose, incredible photography, text by Keith and Jim, a foreword by Pete Dunne … it all combines into a must-have for our Hawk Mountain supporters,” says Sanctuary President Jerry Regan.

This project is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Peter Bennett and Jean Nevins, Cameron and Diane Fowler, the grandchildren of Sanctuary founder Rosalie Edge, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission, and is being published during Hawk Mountain’s 80th anniversary year.

The attractive 8×8″ trade edition features a laminate, full-color cover and will be available during a book signing at the Sanctuary’s annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, November 29 (Cost $35), and a limited-edition, leather-bound hard cover costs just $100 and will be shipped in advance of the holidays during early December. Limited edition copies are selling fast, are signed and numbered, and finished with satin ribbon bookmark, gold-gilded edges, and foil-stamped front and spine.

ALL proceeds support Hawk Mountain raptor education programs.

Special Edition: The special edition copy is signed and hand-numbered, bound in leather and limited to just 500 and already selling fast. Special edition copies will be in stock during early December and are for sale online or in the Hawk Mountain bookstore. To learn more, call 610-756-6961.

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Women and Their Woods Initiative Receives Environmental Partnership Award

UPPER DELAWARE REGION, PA and NY— On Thursday, October 30th, the Northeast Pennsylvania Environmental Partners awarded their twenty-fourth annual environmental partnership awards. The Women and Their Woods initiative, led by the Delaware Highlands Conservancy with Penn State Renewable Natural Resources Extension and funding support from the U.S. Forest Service at Grey Towers, was the recipient of an Environmental Partnership Award. The awards pay tribute to those organizations and individuals of Northeastern Pennsylvania that have achieved environmental protection or conservation through partnering with others.

The Women and their Woods program is designed specifically for the needs of a growing number of women forest landowners. Women and their Woods is a network of forest landowners and professionals who work together in order to cultivate women’s connections to and care of healthy forests. Through quarterly newsletters, meetings and workshops, forest landowners learn about forest management topics such as forest ecology, tree identification, forest hydrology, wildlife habitat, and silviculture as well as network and learn from professionals and forest landowner mentors.

The Conservancy’s Stewardship and Education Coordinator, Amanda Subjin accepted theWomen_Woods award and had this to say: “It would be impossible to coordinate this initiative without the numerous dedicated, creative and conscientious women forest landowners with whom I am fortunate to work. Additionally, I am thankful to all of the professionals and partner organizations who have helped to build a strong network of women forest landowners and resources.”

The Northeast Pennsylvania Environmental Partners include Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Environmental Council’s Northeast Office, PPL Corporation, Procter & Gamble Paper Products Company, and Wilkes University.

For more information on the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and the Women and Their Woods initiative, visit www.DelawareHighlands.org/watw or call 570-226-3164.

Peace, Love, Land: Celebrate 20 Years with the Delaware Highlands Conservancy

UPPER DELAWARE REGION, PA and NY— Do you love where you live? Celebrate the Upper Delaware River region, our local communities, and twenty years of conservation and education with the Delaware Highlands Conservancy at the Peace, Love, Land 20th Anniversary Celebration and Concert on November 22, 2014 at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY.
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The evening begins at 5:00 pm with cocktails and live music from Sullivan County Americana band Little Sparrow, featuring Rounder Recording artist Van Manakas. Guests may also arrive early and enjoy a complimentary visit to the Woodstock Museum at Bethel Woods. The four-course farm-to-table dinner begins at 7:00 pm, where we will honor the supporters and partners who have made our successes possible. The fun continues after dinner with more live music with Little Sparrow and very special guests. Tickets are $125 per person, which includes a $75 contribution to the Conservancy and a chance to win in an exciting raffle drawing.

The concert will kick off an important initiative, using music to spread the message of environmental stewardship throughout our community, and in particular to our youth. Young aspiring local performers will take the stage with professional musicians. By combining our environmental mission with the powerful voice of music, we intend to create a positive change in the way our entire community relates to our environment.

Opportunities to support the Delaware Highlands Conservancy as an event sponsor are available, at levels that will set the stage for the next twenty years of conservation. The Gold Level for $2,000 includes 8 guaranteed tickets to the dinner (a table); Silver Level for $1,000 includes 4 guaranteed tickets to the dinner; and the Bronze Level for $500 includes 2 guaranteed tickets to the dinner. Sponsorships are a charitable contribution to the Conservancy less $50 per person attending.DHC_image004Reserve your seat or sponsor the celebration today by contacting the Conservancy at info@delawarehighlands.org or 570-226-3164 or 845-583-1010. Visit www.DelawareHighlands.org  to learn more about the Conservancy’s work and other ways you can get involved. The nonprofit Delaware Highlands Conservancy works in partnership with landowners and communities of the Upper Delaware River region to conserve our natural heritage and quality of life.

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