The Trail Creek Outfitters Stateline Woods Run for Conservation is coming on Saturday, June 22nd! Now in its 12th year, the race will be better than ever! Exciting trail runs at the 5K and 10K levels. We’ve got creek crossings, logs to jump, single track trails in the woods and meadow and hill trails – something to appeal to every runner! Free kids corner during the race so parents can run and the kids can see you cross the finish line! All proceeds support our conservation efforts in Southern Chester County as well as our Continuum of Stewardship education programs for the community. Sponsors and prizes needed. We depend on the community to help us create a lasting conservation legacy. Online race signups beginning on April 15th – special pricing for early entries and for our sponsor’s! Race starts at 8:30am, registration at 7:30. Healthy snacks afterwards!
Thanks to our Sponsors Trail Creek Outfitters, Dansko, Tri-M and Harvest Market Natural Foods, Wawa, Garrison’s Cyclery, Octotora Plant Nurseries, and Fusion Racing.
Rachel Roberts, MLSP, MSS, has been named the Interim Executive Director of The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County (TLC). She officially assumed the role May 1, 2018. Rachel has a commitment to TLC’s core values and mission with the capacity to strategically guide the organization forward. The Board has great confidence that Roberts will maintain and develop the rich and meaningful community and individual relations with our local members and partners that define TLC’s unique approach to land conservation and conservation education and awareness.
With 20 years’ experience in philanthropic, government, and private nonprofit management, Roberts oversaw the movement of $100 million in program dollars to youth and families in a diversity of communities. She came to TLC in fall 2017 from Public Health Management Corporation, the country’s 4th largest public health institute. There, as Strategy Development Manager and DHS Intermediary Director, she managed a multiple large-scale programs, including the city’s afterschool and youth development programs, and pioneered a program that brought together more than 20 local, state and national wildlife and conservation partners to offer outdoor recreation activities as healthy alternatives for youth and families. Over 170 nonprofits were introduced to and adopted outdoors, wildlife, conservation, and agricultural education through fishing, archery, riparian-buffer building, and other environmental experiences—offered by the PA Game Commission, the PA Fish and Boat Commission, the Keystone Elk Country Alliance, and the MidAtlantic Youth Anglers and Outdoors Partners, to name a few.
“I came to the conservation field a bit sideways,” says Roberts. “I was an armchair conservationist going back to 1992 when I helped establish a campus environmental Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) chapter, and have continued to be active in old and new environmental advocacy groups from the Sierra Club to the Choose Clean Water Coalition. I’m also an avid equestrian, angler, birder, and bow-archer, so I’m attached to open spaces, wildlife and outdoors recreation. My career has been about how to best invest in communities and manage those investments through effective programs that impact the most people—conserving our local environment, wildlife and natural spaces is a highest and best investment in any community, and TLC does that.”
Roberts has a son in high school and daughter in elementary school in the Oxford School District and resides in West Nottingham. She grew up in Chester County between her parents’ home in Phoenixville, and her grandparents’ black angus and horse farm in East Vincent.
TLC is pleased to report the acquisition of a 180 acre property located in Elk Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. The property, which is located in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed will constitute TLC’s sixth nature preserve. The property was formerly owned by the Patricia du Pont Foundation and the proceeds will go directly to support the work of the Foundation’s equine and hound rescue operations. The property contains historic ruins and the remnants of Rogers Road, woodlands, meadows, and is traversed by a mile of the Little Elk Creek and its tributaries. TLC plans to open the property to the public by the spring of 2020. In the interim, TLC plans to offer sneak peeks of the property through unique outreach programming.
TLC also recently acquired a 20 acre property located in London Britain Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, now known as Fern Hill. The property abuts the White Clay Creek Preserve and contains a segment of the Middle Branch of the White Clay Creek. TLC plans to open the property to the public once the final trail connections to the White Clay Creek Preserve are secured. The property was formerly part of Good Hope Farm and includes the remnants of a mill race and dam. This is the first acquisition in a series of properties that TLC is hoping to secure in London Britain Township to create a contiguous conservation corridor aligned with the White Clay Creek Preserve, which will not only extend trail access from the Preserve but provide greater opportunities for fishing and sport access along the Middle Branch of the White Clay Creek.
Both projects were completed through partnerships and funding from their respective Township’s open space programs, the Chester County Government’s Preservation Partnership Program, and Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Community Conservation Partnerships Program. Additional funding for the Fern Hill acquisition was provided by Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Greenways, Trails, and Recreation Program.
TLC’s forte is acquiring threatened properties and creating trail connectors while preserving the integrity of the inherent natural, scenic, historic, and agricultural resources throughout southern Chester County.
For more information about TLC’s unique outreach programming on our nature preserve, visit tlcforscc.org or call (610) 347-0347 x 104.
Gwen Lacy, the founding Executive Director of The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County (TLC), has announced her intention to step down from TLC, effective April 30, 2018, the Board of TLC confirmed.
Gwen has been a dedicated and passionate advocate for land conservation, historic preservation, environmental education and stewardship in the region for 14 years. She started here in 2004, as director of the Kennett Township Land Trust (KTLT). As KTLT became increasingly active across the region, Gwen led its transformation into The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County, a nationally accredited land trust, in 2010.
TLC has since expanded to include a wide range of outreach and educational activities. Gwen’s vision, skill, education, legal background and tireless advocacy have led TLC to conserve more than 1,000 acres and to create 5 public nature preserves. Over the past fourteen years Gwen has orchestrated a team of staff, and helped build a board that leveraged over $15 million for land conservation projects. In 2017 alone, TLC raised more than $4 million to conserve land in the region.
From 2015-2017 Gwen spearheaded a capital campaign that raised over $1.7 million in cash and in-kind donations to purchase TLC’s new headquarters and create the Chandler Mill Interpretive Center and Nature Preserve, which opened to the public on schedule in December of 2017. The Chandler Mill Bridge, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has been preserved next to TLC’s Walnut Hill headquarters, thanks in large part to Gwen’s work for more than a decade. The bridge is now a key link in the proposed 12 mile Kennett greenway.
After April 30, Gwen will continue to be involved with TLC until a new Executive Director has been identified. On behalf of TLC’s board, staff, donors, and community partners, we want to thank Gwen for her dedication to our land and to our community. She has left a legacy that will benefit generations to come.
|AmeriCorp volunteers 2017|
|Three weeks spent working on the preserves|
|Widening one of the trails|
|CCIU students and staff at the church site|
|Headstone fragment found|
|1880 Koningrijk der Nederlanden penny|
|Excavating and screening within the church foundation|
|Searching for evidence of wildlife in winter|
|Looking at a praying mantis egg case|
|The photo on the left shows Gary holding the pelt of a Nutria, an invasive species in North America which is part of the rodent family. On the right, he is explaining how mammal's skulls have evolved to eat meat, vegetation, or both.|
|The tracks on the left were left by a Raccoon, the photo on the right shows various different animal tracks.|