Mission: The central pennsylvania conservancy (cpc) works in an 8-county central pa region to conserve natural resources and open space for the benefit of current and future generations through land acquisitions, donated conservation easements, education, and outreach.
Programs: Land protection program. The cpc's land protection committee directs the land protection activities of the organization within an 8-county service area, which includes cumberland, dauphin, perry, franklin, huntington, juniata, snyder, and mifflin counties. The organization has prioritized the protection of the kittatinny ridge (or blue mountain) and the south mountain, targeting healthy forests, important ridgelines for bird migration and scenic value, watershed conservation and riparian protection, agricultural preservation, and culturally important areas with historical or recreational significance. The committee oversees the annual monitoring of over 3,000 acres of protected land.
the goddard leadership legacy institute. The goddard leadership legacy is a one-week, residential, conservation leadership program for youth ages 13 to 15 at the ironmaster's mansion. The program provides youth with opportunities to become immersed in the natural, scenic, historic, agricultural and recreational resources of the south mountain landscape while learning key lessons in leadership and citizenship from area teachers, practitioners, and community leaders.
the ironmaster's mansion. In 2010, the cpc renovated and now manages the historic ironmaster's mansion at pine grove furnace state park, in cooperation with the pa department of conservation and natural resources/pine grove furnace state park and the cumberland valley visitor's bureau. The organization seeks to provide effective stewardship of an important local historic landmark, support overnight stays by the appalachian trail hiking community and tourists visiting the region, provide a charming venue for special events, and host and provide environmental education programming.
Central Pennsylvania Conservancy became an accredited land trust in August 2018, a status that can be renewed every five years. Accreditation means Central Pennsylvania Conservancy meets national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Central Pennsylvania Conservancy demonstrated to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission its commitment to excellence. Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. These land trusts demonstrate the commitment to excellence by adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices, the ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust, and meeting the accreditation requirements drawn from them. To learn more about land trust accreditation and the current accreditation status of Central Pennsylvania Conservancy, visit http//www.landtrustaccreditation.org/about.