Lancaster Conservancy is an accredited land trust that protects and restores natural lands for future generations. Since our founding in 1969 by local anglers and hunters, the Conservancy has saved over 10,000 acres of land to protect the ecosystems and landscapes upon which we depend for food, clean water, clean air, economic and public health, and the restoration of the soul and spirit. We manage the lands we own in 50 nature preserves and care for over 45 miles of hiking trails. Our preserves, located along the Susquehanna River in York County and Lancaster County, are open to the public free of charge 365 days a year and provide opportunities for passive recreation like hiking, fishing, hunting, and swimming. We have protected some of the most beautiful and beloved natural places in the area – places like Climbers Run, Welsh Mountain, Tucquan Glen & Pyfer, and Shenks Ferry Wildflower preserves. Our work cultivates a connection with nature and educates everyone on the importance of clean water, native species, biodiversity, and proper land use. By partnering with other non-profit organizations and government entities, we work to protect the health of our land, watersheds, and local wildlife – forever.