Since moving we have seen many family farms with much green space in Dauphin and neighboring Lancaster counties lost to large housing developments and shopping malls. Coincidentally (looking back on it, providentially) we met and made new friends, friends of integrity, friends who shared our love of nature and the environment. Fast forward a number of years and we found that a number of these same friends became the founding members of The Manada Conservancy!
As we (along with our grown children) slowly came to the decision that we wanted to place a conservation easement on our property, we knew it would be with the young and growing land trust called Manada Conservancy. We have not been disappointed. All the conservancy people we have met and worked with impress as as being true to their mission, knowledgeable yet continually learning, hard working with good follow-through, interesting and delightful.
I grew up with a quote from my maternal great grandfather: "Our eyes need something green to look upon." The older I get the more that simple statement means to me. And there's another quote by John Muir that I believe is true as well: "Everyone needs beauty as well as bread." It is a good feeling to know that by working with The Manada Conservancy to preserve this beautiful green space, we are doing our little bit to insure that our township retains its rural aspect.
Max and Erika Lauffer
Londonderry Township, PA
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
learning about and then planting plants that are native to Pennsylvania.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
enlarge the size of its staff and budget in order to be able to respond to the increasing number of people who wish to help preserve the environment.