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Open Land Conservancy

Paoli, Pennsylvania

Cause Description:
PRESERVE OPEN SPACE The Conservancy continually seeks undeveloped land remaining in the Valley Creek watershed. High priority, are lands contiguous to existing preserves and easements as well as environmentally sensitive areas. Board members meet regularly with landowners, developers and township officials. Purchases are made possible by contributions from members and corporations; county, state and foundation grants; "bargain" sales; and gifts of land by owners. MANAGE PRESERVES FOR PASSIVE RECREATION Maintenance of preserves is our largest budget item. Professionals are hired to mow paths and fields, repair fences, remove dangerous trees and undertake other major projects. Volunteers, including scout groups and neighbors, work many hours in our preserves helping to keep our costs low. Workdays are scheduled as needed and annual inspections of all preserves and easements are performed by Board members. CONDUCT EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS With support from local naturalists, Open Land Conservancy conducts several nature walks every year. A perennial favorite is our winter event, Tracks & Trails, which is especially exciting with snow on the ground. Guided walks enable all ages to experience the natural world. Community members are encouraged to join us and learn about plants and animals that call our preserves home. PROMOTE WATERSHED PROTECTION The Conservancy collaborates with other local organizations working for the protection of the Valley Creek watershed, its cold water limestone streams and the life these streams support. As a member of the Valley Creek Coalition, the Conservancy promotes improved stormwater management, riparian buffers, and enforcement of regulations in this state designated Exceptional Value watershed.

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