Lancaster conservation group preserves nearly 1,000 acres in York County

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A nature preserve in Hellam Township is taking shape.

In a major land-preservation initiative involving both Lancaster and York counties, nearly 1,000 acres of woodland along the Susquehanna River has been rescued from development.

Much of the York County land being bought by the Lancaster County Conservancy and its partners is land formerly held by the Marietta Gravity Water Company and was targeted for development. It includes a former Boy Scout camp.

“It was at risk for development and we just felt this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that if we didn’t act now and pull our partners together on conservation and try to save this land, we’d never get that opportunity again,” said Phil Wenger, the Conservancy’s CEO and president.

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