The Manada Conservancy is a land trust--a local,non-profit membership organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of the natural, historic,agricultural and scenic resources of the Manada and Swatara Creek basins in Pennsylvania's Dauphin and Lebanon Counties.
Land trusts protect land by accepting donations of conservation easements (restrictions voluntarily placed on the land by the owners to protect conservation or agricultural value), outright donations of land, and by promoting good stewardship of environmental value on these lands. The Manada Conservancy is a local, community-oriented land trust, which, by its practices and the voluntary participation of the members of its community, hopes to promote protection of valuable lands, such as viable farmland, wildlife habitat and environmentally sensitive areas.
The Manada Conservancy was incorporated in 1996 and received its 501(c)3 status a year later. In our focus area, 7 properties have so far been protected, totaling over 300 acres, either by outright land donation or by conservation easment. The properties owned by TMC are used for passive recreation and education. Eased properties remain in private use by their owners.
The Manada Conservancy has a long-standing commitment to farmland preservation, and also has as high priority projects the Swatara Greenway, and lands comprising the ridgelands north of the Hershey-Hummelstown area. Please see our photo gallery to view some of our preservation projects.
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