The Manada Conservancy
Rating: 5 stars 2 reviews
Location: P.O. Box 25 Hummelstown PA 17036 USA
Results: Through 2009 we have preserved in perpetuity over 700 acres in our efforts to maintain wildlife habitat, preserve farmland and natural resources of Dauphin County. We also promote the use of native plantings through nine annual native plant sales, and conducted numerous free educational programs.
Target demographics: General Public
Direct beneficiaries per year: those residing in southern Dauphin County. Preserving farmland, wildlife habitat and open space benefits our local ecosystem, enhances quality of life, and provides educational and recreational opportunities.
Geographic areas served: Dauphin County Pennsylvania
Programs: The Swatara Greenway, The Kittatinny Ridge, Farmland protection, Native Plant initiatives, general land protection and free and informative environmental education programs.
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We contacted the Manada Conservancy (a land trust organization) in the hopes of preserving our farm (80 acres in Londonderry Twp, Dauphin Co., Pa) as we did not wish it to be developed and were getting a lot of pressure from developers. Within a few days, we were contacted by Manada Conservancy and a meeting was set up. We were impressed by the professionalism and "approachability" of the organization. They clearly explained the procedure, indicated any costs to us and gave us a time frame. Manada Conservancy works with grants, so other than having a current survey, which in this case we did, the cost to the client is minimal. The client is responsible for attorney fees, but then is often reimbursed through grants. A donation is appreciated to the Conservancy. Upon our inquiry, they indicated what other clients who had their properties conserved donated.
They spent quite a lot of time preparing the baseline document, making sure that it was exactly as we desired. They were very patient with our questions and concerns.
They answered all phone calls immediately and spent much time traversing the property to accurately map the areas.
We would highly recommend the Manada Conservancy to anyone looking to preserve their property and meet the criteria of a preservation-worthy property. They spend as little on administrative costs as possible and utilize a great staff of volunteers. They also advocate widely in the areas they serve. They truly deserve our support.
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