“The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy and, after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it, and to foster its renewal, is our only hope.” —Wendell Berry
At the Land Conservancy, you don’t have to be a landowner to cherish the land and foster its renewal.
Our Stewardship Circle offers an opportunity for those who love Adams County’s rural lands and character to help ensure that the land we preserve today will remain protected for future generations.
Since our founding in 1995, we’ve worked with Adams County landowners on 150 conservation easements preserving more than 10,000 acres of rolling farmland, wooded hillsides, sun-dappled streams, and historically significant sites here in the county.
We’ve made a promise to each of these landowners that we’ll be here to honor and defend their wishes and their land, not just now, not just for a while, but forever.
How can we make good on our promise?
First, as a nonprofit land trust accredited by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission, we’ve committed to following the financially responsible best practice of setting aside funds for the long-term monitoring and defense of each conservation easement we hold—we call these our stewardship funds.
This is one way we earn the trust implied in the term land trust.
Second, since each new easement means an additional commitment to the future of someone’s beloved farm, woodlot, or fishing stream, we ask each landowner to partner with us by contributing to our stewardship fund.
And finally, since we know that the cost of monitoring and defending conservation easements will continue to rise, we partner with people like you, who stand with us in protecting the beautiful rural lands of Adams County, now and in the future.
In 2011 we founded the Stewardship Circle to recognize this committed group of supporters who share our love for the rural lands and character of Adams County, and who have agreed to stand with us to ensure that we’re able to protect those lands forever.
Won’t you join our Stewardship Circle with an annual contribution of $500 or more? Think of it as a way to join with your neighbors to protect our beautiful lands for the generations who will follow you here.
If you’re already a member of the Stewardship Circle, we thank you and hope that you’ll keep the circle strong by sending your annual contribution today.
For more information about joining the Stewardship Circle, email us, or call us at (717) 334-2828.