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The Merril W Linn Land & Waterways Conservancy

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Land Resources Conservation, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Water, Water Resources, Wetlands Conservation & Management

Mission: Preservation of ecological sites

Programs: Site stewardship and maintenance as well as public awareness and education in the service area of upper northumberland and union counties.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I deeply appreciate the conservation work done by the Merril W. Linn Conservancy. As an artist, flyfisherwoman, and hiker, I'm grateful for the many places within Union and Snyder Counties which the Linn Conservancy has cared for, and kept open to the public. Thanks to the Conservancy's effective efforts in open space preservation, hands-on stewardship of land and adjoining waterways, and public education, there are many 'jewels' of quiet, natural areas to visit, and savor. As I traveled in the area painting en plein air, I found my way to many beautiful sites though pamphlets distributed by the Linn Conservancy, and found these lands to be well-maintained and inviting. Thank you for your work which enriches the lives of many, many people right now, and keeps the treasures of natural areas whole and accessible for generations to come.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We desired to learn more about conservation options for our land and were very pleased with the courteous and knowledgable staff that took time to meet with us. In comparison to another organization we inquired into, the Linn Conservatory was more professional and considerate.


Rating: 4

It is definitely rewarding to give of time and money to a group that makes a difference to its community and the Linn Conservancy is such a group. The organization spends its funds wisely and uses "people" resources that way too. Many members of the Bucknell University, particularly in the sciences, give of their expertise and the Linn Conservancy's land protection and land use policies are able to take advantage of that. Volunteers with different kinds of expertise join together to do all sorts of projects with the conservation of special places at their core. I helped make contacts with land owners, other volunteers, enjoyed public relations, and designed educational brochures. Such activities made me develop as a person and helped a local non-profit simultaneously. That kind of work can balance out those with less time available to give or maybe bigger pockets. It all seemed to add up for the benefit of a great conservation effort.

Review from Guidestar


Rating: 5

The Linn Conservancy offers many environmentally oriented services and programs for our region here in Central PA. Most importantly it seeks to preserve environmentally significant land, some for public use, whenever the opportunity arises and funding is available. To that end it has created a number of hiking trails in wooded and farmland settings. Most unique is the preservation of a swampland area in conjunction with the owner of a quarry which preserves land overlaying a large, deep sand deposit created by glacial action. Linn offers annual programs to acquaint and educate citizens about the land and the waterways in our region with the goal of maintaining access to and improving the quality of our natural environment. The Conservancy's ongoing efforts for preservation and education deserve be recognized and supported by environmentally friendly citizens, organizations and businesses.

Review from Guidestar


Rating: 5

Living, as we do, on a wooded ridge with wildflowers, deer, occasional black bears, and nature trails, we wanted to preserve this land from development and mineral mining. In July of 2009, we chose the Linn Conservancy conservation easement program because all the Linn volunteer representatives we met work to protect the scenic beauty and natural resources of central Pennsylvania. They are knowledgeable, dedicated, helpful, caring and friendly. Collaborating with them in their mission continues to be a pleasure and makes us thankful to be conservation easement donors within their program.


Board Member

Rating: 5

The Linn Conservancy is one of the most effective non-profits I've ever had the pleasure of being associated with. It has a focused mission of conservation and education, and these priorities are in evidence in the community on a daily basis through our acquisition of new easements, trail and site maintenance, road and stream clean-ups, our annual Caring for Communities event series each May celebrating Earth Month, a host of school and educational activities and much more. We have a host of active, committed volunteers supported by a small but extraordinarily competent staff, and we enthusiastically welcome newcomers!

Review from Guidestar