ClearWater Conservancy: December 2017 enews
Thanks to your support, 2017 has been a remarkable year for conservation! If you haven't yet, there's still time to make a year-end, tax-deductible donation to keep our efforts going 365 days/year!
This year YOU helped us...
...remove 38 tons of trash in ONE DAY!
During the 21st Annual Watershed CleanUp Day, 600+ volunteers pitched in to clear 38 tons of trash from 59 sites around the Spring Creek Watershed. Over the years, thousands of volunteers have kept over 6 millions tons of trash out of our waterways ! Read the press...
...make over 1,400 adventures happen
Hundreds explored the outdoors and hiked more than 1,200 miles all around during the first season of Centred Outdoors! Planning for the 2018 Season is well underway! Mark your calendars for the kick-off event on June 3rd!

Join us on New Year's Eve:
Centred Outdoors Urban Hike during First Night!
The hike is free and suitable for all ages. We'll take a 1.25 mile stroll through town to admire the ice sculptures, permanent sculptures and local businesses that make downtown such an interesting place to visit and explore!
...conserve 300 acres of farmland
The Slab Cabin Run Initiative was a success! Together, we protected our region's drinking water, conserved 300 acres of iconic farmland, and made it possible to restore a portion of Slab Cabin Run. Read the press...
...conserve Chicory Lane Farm
ClearWater Conservancy worked alongside John and Catherine Smith to permanently conserve Chicory Lane Farm and finalize the easement on July 25th. The 69+ acre property is an ecologically dynamic wonder nestled in the shadow of Brush Mountain just a couple miles east of Spring Mills. ClearWater is honored and delighted to be the holder of the perpetual conservation easement on Chicory Lane Farm. Read more...
...access $100,000 in DCNR grants!
ClearWater was awarded not one, but two $50,000 grants in December! The first was awarded for construction of approximately 12 acres of riparian forest buffers along waterways in the West Branch Susquehanna River, Juniata, and Susquehanna watersheds in Centre, Clinton and Huntingdon counties. The second grant was awarded to Centred Outdoors to reconnect citizens with the natural environment through targeted outreach and programming.
...restore 3.8 acres of stream bank on the Radzwich Farm
ClearWater Conservancy, volunteers, and partners restored 3.8 acres of stream bank along a tributary to the Beaver Branch of Spruce Creek. The WHM Group and Bud Snyder Excavating restored the stream banks on the Radzwich Farm by grading, rebuilding, and finally repairing them with toewood, rock, soil, willow cuttings, coconut mats, and native grasses. Thank you, Radzwich Family for your dedication and commitment to the health of the stream. Read more...
Thank you for making an amazing year possible!
Thank you, Steve Schroeder!
Thank you, Steve Schroeder for generously volunteering his time to help run our Growing Native Nursery over the last 12 years! Steve’s dedication to Growing Native has contributed greatly to its success. "My time on the project has been very satisfying, mostly fun, and full of good memories," Steve said. "I wish you all many successful growing seasons." Thank you, Steve!

Did you know? The native shrubs and trees nurtured through the Growing Native Program are vital to the success of our stream buffers. Over 3,500 volunteer hours have been donated to this program since 2004. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Colleen DeLong via email: colleen@clearwaterconservancy.org
Welcome Rhonda Rumbaugh, Events & Volunteer Coordinator
Help us extend a warm welcome to Rhonda Rumbaugh, Events & Volunteer Coordinator at ClearWater Conservancy! Rhonda comes to ClearWater with many years of experience in event planning and volunteer management for non-profits. A recent addition to the Centre County community, Rhonda has enjoyed the friendly neighbors and exploring the region's natural beauty. You can contact Rhonda to learn more about our upcoming events and volunteer opportunities ( rhonda1@clearwaterconservancy.org / 814-237-0400 x 110).
From all of us at ClearWater Conservancy, warm wishes for a peaceful and joyous holiday season!