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An accredited land trust.

Going fast are the farms, scenic vistas, connected forest lands, wetlands and riparian buffers, wildlife habitats, natural heritage areas, and public access trails that sustain our natural environment and improve our quality of life. Please join us in a mission to acquire, preserve, and protect local land and natural resources.

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Since 1982, CPC has protected over 7,000 acres of land through fee acquisition, conservation easements, and transfer projects. With 5 preserves and 30 conservation easements, we not only protect critical natural areas, but we also steward those resources under our care.

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Conservation Stories

Tyler Easement

Walter and Jessie Tyler left suburban Philadelphia in the early 1960’s when the much-opposed construction of the “Blue Route” expressway condemned a portion of their property. In search of an untouched, natural area to relocate, they found their slice of paradise along McCabe Run in Perry County.

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Strickler Easement

The Strickler Easement is positioned against the West-Branch Conococheague Creek and is crossed by Johnston Run, a coldwater tributary. The farm is just one mile from Mercersburg, a historic town of 1500 and home to Mercersburg Academy. Route 16 connects the community with Interstate 81, just 15 minutes away.

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Fort Halifax Park Easement

Beginning in 2004, Central PA Conservancy and community members rallied to save what was, most recently, the historic Yeager Farm. Together, more than half a million dollars was raised to complete the acquisition.

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CPC Acquires 404 Acres on Peters Mountain

On September 3, 2020, CPC purchased 404 acres of ridge and forest land along Peters Mountain in Middle Paxton Township, Dauphin County. The newly acquired parcel adjoins DCNR’s Joe Ibberson […]

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Featured Preserve

Letort Spring Garden Preserve

Image of the Letort Spring Garden Preserve

As a former watercress farm located at the headwaters of a famous trout stream south of Carlisle in Cumberland County, the Letort Spring Garden Preserve features natural wetlands, limestone springs, historic legacies, a popular rail trail and side trails through the preserve, and unique wildlife habitat. Since acquiring the property in 2018, CPC has worked to manage invasive vegetation, provide better access, and reach out and educate the general public, our partners, and students about the property’s special heritage and ecological value.

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Featured Video

Letort Spring Garden Preserve: An Oasis of Wetlands, Trails, History, and Wildlife

This video offers an overview of a unique natural area, protected by CPC in 2018.

We are a nationally accredited land trust.

In August 2018, the National Land Trust Accreditation Commission Awarded CPC accreditation status for meeting national standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. A rigorous process, accreditation means that CPC demonstrates sound financial management, ethical organizational conduct, responsible governance, and lasting stewardship.

“We want our partner landowners, supporting donors, peer organizations, and the general public to know that lands that we protect and steward, will be so according to national best practices in the land conservation field. Our board has made a long-term commitment to maintaining CPC’s accreditation status.”
Kenneth R. Waidelich, CPC President, 2015-2020

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