The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County
Our Impact in 2016
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In 2016, we secured commitments for $1.3 million in easement funding. This includes $765,000 from Kennett Township (Open Space Funding), $300,000 from Chester County (Preservation Partnership Program), $160,000 from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (Department of Conservation and Natural Resources), and $75,000 from private sources. Funds from these sources were combined with $800,000 in county and federal grants received in 2015 to complete the easement of Barnard’s Orchard.
We received $300 000 in other grants from a total of 19 funders in 2016, the result of 64 grant proposals: $35 000 in seed funding for the expansion of Drop-In On Nature and the creation of a Forest Kindergarten; $100 000 from the Welfare Foundation for the Chandler Mill Nature Preserve; $116 000 in other grant funding to complete the fundraising for the Chandler Mill Nature Preserve capital campaign; $15 000 from the Crestlea Foundation to support a technology upgrade for the upcoming Interpretive Nature Center. We expanded our reach, receiving grants from new funders (Subaru of America Foundation, Curran Foundation, Wawa, Genuardi Family Foundation). We added a new corporate giving program: Environmental Resource Management (ERM) who is partnering with TLC for the Teens Turning Green Internship Program. We re-applied to the PA EITC program, and conducted outreach to local businesses.
Barnard's in bloom
Trail in Parrish Section
Dan finds the queen
Ready to play and learn!
Jumping into nature!
Woods at Langsam
Osage Orange at Barkingfield
A total of 201 volunteers from 9 organizations helped to lead the charge in 2016: along the riparian corridor on Kennett Greenway, a total of 23 volunteers from Wawa and the Garage Youth Group planted a total of 80 trees; at Stateline Woods, a total of 112 volunteer from Voya and Westtown School cleaned up invasive hedgerows and planted 75 trees; at Stateline Woods, 16 volunteers from Johnson and Johnson conducted maintenance on 60 planted trees; on Earth Day, 7 TLC staff cleaned up Stateline Woods nursery and transplanted native tree saplings; 9 TLC board members helped plant 1000 native pollinator plugs at New Leaf Eco Center; 28 volunteers from the Downingtown Methodist Church Youth Group cleaned riparian buffer planting in Chandler Mill Nature Preserve, and; 6 Boy Scout volunteers from Troop 28 cleaned out fence row along Chandler Mill Rd.
We engaged the community in many other ways. We increased membership by over 20%, to a total of 631. Board Members doubled the number of donors to 71, and solicited endowments from 37 donors. We implemented a Membership Strategic Plan to achieve 6 touches throughout the year (Hard Copy & Digital), including mailing Brochures, New membership or renewals, Newsletters, Annual Giving, Endowment, and Thank You’ s. We hosted a summer and autumn Local Whips event, and acquired six new members. We added 9 new Business members (Winner Audi, Starvegut Farms, To-Jo Mushrooms, Citadel, Bryn Mawr Trust, and Wawa) to reach a total of 29. We expanded our social media reach, with 99 Instagram posts, and 375 Facebook posts. 735 more people liked TLC’s page on Facebook in 2016, and we ended 2016 with 2,221 total page likes and more than 18 000post likes. We made 54 Constant Contact Campaigns in 2016.
See what we conserved
In Kennett Township
See what we conserved
In Southern Chester County
We completed many preservation projects. At Stateline Woods Preserve, we built stream crossing and trail addition along West perimeter, improved demarcation of our parking lot, and oversaw management of agricultural land leases. At Marshall Bridge Preserve, we redesigned trails, and oversaw management of agricultural land leases. At New Leaf Eco Center, we installed a native pollinator garden. For the Kennett Greenway Project, we oversaw rehabilitation of Parrish section after flood damage, and planted approximately 100 trees along the Red Clay Creek. We oversaw hunting teams across all three preserves, and maintained parking areas at 6 locations. And across all of our properties, we maintained all grass trails with weekly mowing, maintained all wooded trails with at least monthly trimming, and treated dog waste composters monthly to achieve optimum digestion.
We also hosted a range of interns. This includes 2 students with autism from the Chester County Intermediate Unit, as part of their transitional Work Programs. In addition, we oversaw three interns in a variety of development projects, and 7 seasonal volunteer interns local high schools and universities totaling 768 hours from May until August.