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Goddard Leadership Legacy Institute
CPC Hosts Woodland Owners Workshop
CPC pursues National Accreditation
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July 2017 CPC E-News
News about CPC's projects and events

The Goddard Leadership Legacy Institute Journeyed this month from the PA Headwaters to  the Chesapeake Bay
Goddard students interpret their journey through maps, photos, and artifacts collected throughout the week. Their display was featured in a Gallery Walk and lunch program for Chesapeake Bay advocates and community leaders in Annapolis, MD on the final day.
Pole Steeple overlook was the location for a rock climbing, rapelling, and traverse activity provided by guides from Yellow Breeches Education Center.
Students construct a rain barrel in a workshop led by the Cumberland County Conservation District. Three barrels were installed within Pine Grove Furnace State Park.
Another service project featured planting native black chokeberry along Mountain Creek within Pine Grove Furnace State Park.
Students resided for 2 nights at the Karen Noonan Memorial Environmental Education Center operated by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
Students set out crab traps and baited them with Atlantic menhaden. They visited an oyster sanctuary and dredged on a local oyster reef.
In another service project, students constructed oyster cages and placed over 6,000 oyster larvae attached to shells (spat) with the aim of growing a healthy population and eventually planting mature oysters on a local reef.
All 5 student leadership groups met on the final day in Annapolis to share experiences throughout their week.
The GLLI program is a partnership between the Central PA Conservancy and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Students resided at the Ironmaster's Mansion at Pine Grove Furnace State Park for the first half of the week and finished the week on an extended field visit to the Chesapeake Bay.
Key funding partners include the Department of Environmental Protection Environmental Education Grants Program,  the Kate Svitek Memorial Foundation, the  Chris Thorpe Foundation, the Friends of Pine Grove Furnace State Park, the Cumberland County Conservation District, and Appalachian Audubon. This program will be offered in summer 2018 to continue to provide s tudents with opportunities to learn and improve their watershed as well as gain skills in leadership and service.


CPC Held a Workshop in May for South Mountain Woodland Owners and Distributed its new Landowner Guide to Conservation Easements.
Did you know that Pennsylvania's private woodland owners manage nearly 70% of the Commonwealth's forests? What's more, research performed by Penn State University's Center for Private Forests has found that 60% of PA's woodland owners do not have a plan for future succession of their woodland, through tools such as a forest legacy plan, conservation easement, or last will and testament. Because forests are most at risk for conversion and loss when land transfer takes place, the Center is advocating for landowners to develop a plan to preserve PA's forest resources to prevent loss to development, subdivision, forced sale of timber, or land sale to pay large estate taxes. 

CPC hosted a workshop on this topic last May with the goal of bringing together woodland owners of the South Mountain region at the Ironmaster's Mansion to hear from several speakers. Allyson Muth from the Center for Private Forests covered recent efforts to make it easier for PA woodland owners to plan through better information, workshops, resources, and access to professionals in the field. Susan Lacey, a forestry consultant with the Allegheny Society of American Foresters discussed financial considerations for forest landowners. And, Ben Mummert, CPC's Land Protection and Stewardship Director, covered "Conservation Easements as a Permanent Protection Tool," and distributed CPC's new Landowner Guidge to Conservation Easements. We hope to continue to provide workshops and information to landowners as they consider establishing a legacy of protection and stewardship on their land. 

 
On September 21st, after a yearlong organizational assessment period, CPC will apply for national land trust accreditation, a program that recognizes conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. CPC is pleased to announce it is applying for accreditation and that a public comment period is now open.
 
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant's policies and programs. CPC's president, Ken Waidelich, states, "Being an accredited land trust ensures CPC's future sustainability and tells our donors and interested landowners that the resources they entrust to CPC through easement or acquisition will be protected and stewarded according to national, proven standards. It has been a very rigorous, but worthwhile process for CPC." 

The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how CPC complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards see http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/help-and-resources/indicator-practices.
 
To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit www.landtrustaccreditation.org, or email your comment to info@landtrustaccreditation.org. Comments may also be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments: (fax) 518-587-3183; (mail) 36 Phila Street, Suite 2, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
 
Comments on CPC's application will be most useful by November 6, 2017. 
Central Pennsylvania Conservancy is a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax exempt organization as provided by IRS regulations. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free (within PA) 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.