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Please join us!
6:30-10:30 PM 
Ramada Conference and Golf Hotel

Guests will enjoy the  area's  finest foods, drinks and desserts, l ocal wine and beer tastings, and the c hance to bid on paintings, sculpture, ceramics, furniture, photography, and more by local artists.

Tickets are $50 per person and are expected to sell out. Buy your ticket(s) online or call the ClearWater office to reserve your spot: 814-237-0400. Dessert and dance admission (9-10:30 pm) is also available for $20.

Here's a Sneak Peek of Auction and Raffle Items.

O ne lucky bidder will take home a n original pastel by Jennifer Shuey, plus a half day instruction in plein air painting from the artist! Take home the original pastel that is f eatured on the very first label for University Wine Co.'s Impact Artist Series.  Proceeds will benefit the Slab Cabin Run Initiative, an effort to conserve 300 acres of agricultural land and protect a major source of drinking water for State College.
A winner will be drawn for an original painting by Jennifer Kane, her 10th in a series to support ClearWater Conservancy. Proceeds benefit Connections,  a ClearWater program that has been funding student field trips to Millbrook Marsh Nature Center since 1997. Purchase your raffle ticket to enter the drawing at any time (need not be present to win).

Trees sprout up from their tubes at the Rothwell property.
ClearWater receives $80k from DCNR for work on riparian buffers
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources awarded almost $800,000 for 13 grants to plant trees along streams in the commonwealth. One of these grants went to ClearWater Conservancy.

State Rep. Mike Hanna's office announced the $80,000 grant on January 23.  The funding will be used for the construction of about 28 acres of buffers along waterways in Centre and northern Huntingdon Counties. 

"This funding will provide sustainable income for landowners through what DCNR calls a multifunctional buffer option," Hanna said in the release. "This is great news for our waterways and for enhancement of fish habitat in our region."

The goal of ClearWater's Riparian Conservation Program is to improve stream quality throughout Central Pennsylvania through the program's four areas of focus: stream assessment, stewardship, restoration, and protection. The program educates streamside landowners on the role of vegetated buffers, restores streamside buffers with native trees and shrubs, and permanently protects riparian areas through conservation easements.

18 Acres added to Scotia Barrens' protected area through acquisition of Smith Property

On January 6, ClearWater Conservancy finalized the purchase of 18.7 acres of property in Halfmoon Township from the Paul B. Smith Family Trust for the purpose of expanding the protected area of the Scotia Barrens. Conserving land in this area has been identified as a high priority for ClearWater Conservancy since 2005 due to the rare and ecologically significant habitat the land provides for wildlife and for source water protection. ClearWater currently owns an additional 39 acres in the Scotia Barrens which is accessible to the public, known as the  Bald Eagle to Barrens Wildlife Corridor, near Stormstown. Read the full details on the acquisition here.

Welcome Scot Chambers and Jim Lanning to the ClearWater Board of Directors

Jim Lanning
Jim Lanning is  a lifelong conservationist and a long time volunteer at ClearWater Conservancy.  He is the founder and owner of the National Critical Infrastructure Key Resources Group and is a licensed private investigator in both California and Pennsylvania. 

Among other community service, Jim currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Spring Creek Chapter of Trout Unlimited and is the Chair of the Veterans Service Program. He also serves as the Pennsylvania Trout Unlimited Northcentral Regional Vice President and member of the Trout Unlimited National Veterans Service Partnership Advisory Board. 

After completing a thirty two year career in law enforcement, homeland security and emergency management in large California agencies, Jim came to Happy Valley at the request of his wife of 42 years, Denise Lanning.  Jim lives in the Greentree section of State College with Denise. His son, James Joseph, a medically retired Marine, James' wife Margarita and his two grandsons James and Joseph, live in nearby Park Forest.

Scot Chambers 

As a longtime resident of the Centre Region, Scot Chambers has been a firm supporter and advocate for ClearWater Conservancy from its inception and looks forward to being a part of the Board of Directors and helping the organization move forward.      

Scot currently serves on ClearWater's Land Conservation and Stewardship Committee. He and his wife Charlene, who are both Docents for The Arboretum at Penn State, have been regular members and supporters of ClearWater in a number of capacities for over many years. 

After spending decades teaching for the state of Pennsylvania, as well as coaching and refereeing high school soccer, Scot became a Realtor in 2006.   Scot and Charlene live in Park Forest and are currently converting their property to be more pollinator and wildlife friendly.  

Upcoming Workshop and Conference:

The Woods in Your Backyard:
February 25, 2017 
Penn State-University Park (additional dates at other locations)
This workshop is designed for (but not exclusively) smaller landowners, those with 1-10 acres. If you own land that is forested, has n atural areas, or you are interested in turning mowed lawn into natural areas, then this workshop is for you! Registration opens Januar 3rd Learn more here!

Forest Landowners Conference:
March 24-25, 2017
Blair County Convention Center Altoona, PA
This conference is for woodland owners of all sizes and needs. Whether you own 1 or 2,000 acres, get the resources you need to  improve the health and well-being of your woods. Learn more and register here!
Special donation made in honor of Elwood, a feline friend and "Mayor of Main Street "

A donation to ClearWater Conservancy was recently made by Stan and Darlene Smith of Oak Hall in honor of Elwood, a special friend and cat. Elwood resided in downtown Boalsburg and was often referred to as the "Mayor of Main Street." He passed away after a happy life of twenty years, joining Jake, his fellow feline friend, in pet heaven. Elwood found Boalsburg and its people fun to meet and greet and he will be fondly remembered by his neighbors and owners, Bill, Carla, and Grace Jane.
Join us: Slab Cabin Run Initiative Presentation & Update
Join ClearWater Conservancy at the Friends' School for a presentation  and update on the Slab Cabin Run Initiative, a land conservation effort that will protect our region's drinking water, restore the health of Slab Cabin Run, and preserve the agricultural character of Centre County. We hope you will bring a friend and attend this informative presentation (free and open to the public). 
February 16, 2017 at 6 pm 
State College Friends School (1900 University Dr, State College)

Out and About with ClearWater Conservancy!
ClearWater Conservancy led an Adventure in Conservation on January 28 at the Musser Gap Greenway,led by Kevin Abbey, ClearWater Conservancy's Land Conservation Manager, Jay Aubuchon, riparian site steward helper and Alex Curtze, riparian buffer site steward for the Musser Gap buffer. Thanks to all who attended and stay tuned for information on February's Adventure!

Your donation to ClearWater Conservancy makes a positive impact on your local community throughout the year 

Musser Gap Greenway in the winter 

Will you consider making a donation to ClearWater? Your contribution will support our mission to protect and conserve the natural resources in Central PA through land conservation, water resource stewardship, and environmental outreach and make a positive impact on your community.

You can contribute to ClearWater in any way you choose: 
1. Attend the Art & Chocolate Winter Gala on February 10th
2. Join the fundraising effort for the  Slab Cabin Run Initiative
3. Make a general donation to all of our conservation efforts online or by mail (CWC, 2555 N. Atherton St. State College, PA 16803) 

Thank You for your interest in ClearWater Conservancy!

ClearWater Conservancy | 814-237-0400 | andrea@clearwaterconservancy.org   | http://www.cleawaterconservancy.org
2555 North Atherton Street
State College, PA 16803