Central Pennsylvania Conservancy
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CPC Achieves National Accreditation
Letort Spring Garden Preserve Dedication
2018 GLLI
Stone Masonry Workshop
Upcoming Weekend
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October 2018 CPC E-News
News about CPC's projects and events

CPC Awarded National Accreditation at Land Trust Rally
At last Friday's Land Trust Alliance Rally in Pittsburgh, CPC staff walked the stage at the opening plenary to accept an award that recognizes Central PA Conservancy as meeting the highest national standards for excellence and conservation permanence, including sound finances, ethical conduct, responsible governance, and lasting stewardship. Among 16 other land trusts to achieve first-time accreditation this year and 411 land trusts since the program's inception, CPC is proud to have demonstrated proven best practices with the goal of steadily advancing the pace, process, and support for land protection and stewardship in our region. Click here for more background from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.
From left, Ben Mummert (CPC's director of land protection and stewardship), Tammara Van Lyn (Land Trust Accreditation Commission executive director), and Anna Yelk (CPC's executive director)

Dedication of the Letort Spring Garden Preserve
On Saturday, September 15th, over 80 individuals from Cumberland County and beyond gathered to celebrate Central PA Conservancy's acquisition of the Letort Spring Garden Preserve. "The Letort is iconic, not just to anglers, but to naturalists across the state for its wild and clean-flowing properties. All those gathered here today share in this notable accomplishment," expressed DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn as she confirmed the grant investment in the project made by the Wolf Administration through DCNR's Community Conservation Partnerships Program. As one participant observed, "It was a joy to see many folks hiking, fishing, and biking their way to the event with lots of smiles and enthusiasm for the project." The day included speeches, a ribbon-cutting ceremony, tours of the property, and a meal at the 1880's timberframe barn to celebrate the long-awaited acquisition. 

Held on the preserve between the upper and lower beds where the stream crosses the property, the dedication showcased the natural beauty and historical importance of this site. Many individuals expressed their excitement about the acquisition and their connection to the property, and it became clear what a central role this land has played for local residents past, present, and future. Guests attended guided tours led by CPC staff and volunteers to explore the history, ecology, and recreational aspects of the newly protected preserve.   As part of the dedication, CPC was presented the 2018 Watershed Protection Award by Cumberland County's Conservation District Board Chair, Wilbur Wolf. 
From left, Ken Waidelich (CPC president), Ben Mummert (CPC director of land protection & stewardship), Cindy Adams Dunn (Secretary, Department of Conservation & Natural Resources), Anna Yelk (CPC executive director), and Vince DiFilippo (Commissioner, Cumberland County)
Watercolor artist and CPC Donor Thom Glace poses with Raffle Winner Dan Miller, holding a watercolor print of a brook trout

CPC's Goddard Leadership Legacy Institute completed a successful weeklong program in July 2018
The Goddard Leadership Legacy Institute embarked on another enriching journey this summer that took 17 students and 5 staff from South Mountain headwater streams and forests to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Karen Noonan Environmental Education Center at Bishop's Head, on the Eastern Shore of the Bay. A few highlights include rock climbing at Pole Steeple, kayaking Laurel Lake, testing water quality and planting native plants and trees for habitat value at CPC's Letort Spring Garden Preserve, visiting the Susquehanna Heritage Center to learn about Captain John Smith's journey and the Susquehannock settlement there, setting crab pots in the Chesapeake Bay and baiting them with the traditional menhaden fish, visiting an aquaculture center where oysters are grown for restoration and oyster farming purposes, and sharing a seafood and crab feast on the final day together with creating a story panel to summarize the week's learning.

CPC Partnered with local historic renovation expert to host a Stone Masonry Workshop this past July

Images above and below reflect a successful volunteer day learning traditional stone masonry techniques by repairing the damaged spring house foundation at CPC's Letort Spring Garden Preserve. We will continue with this renovation to bring the structure back to its original state. 

This Weekend is Fall Furnace Fest at Pine Grove Furnace State Park and a Guided Tour of the Letort Spring Garden Preserve with the Cumberland County Historical Society
Please join us this weekend for Fall Furnace Fest at Pine Grove Furnace State Park and the Ironmaster's Mansion. CPC staff and volunteers will be running history tours of the Ironmaster's Mansion at 1, 2, and 3 pm on Saturday and Sunday, October 20th and 21st. For more information on the festivities, click here for the event flyer, or here for information on the Park's website.

On Saturday, October 20th at 10 am, the Cumberland County Historical Society is hosting a tour of CPC's Letort Spring Garden Preserve led by CPC director of land protection and stewardship, Ben Mummert. Please register here via the Cumberland County Historical Society.

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