Coplay Creek Stream Restoration & Planting -

Coplay Creek is among the local waterways that fall within the scope of Wildlands Conservancy’s Lehigh River Watershed Conservation Management Plan. In summer 2015, Wildlands, in cooperation with Whitehall Township and many partners, commenced stream restoration efforts on the creek as it flows parallel to the Whitehall section of the Ironton Rail Trail. A dam […]

Natural Habitat Making a Comeback at Trexler Nature Preserve -

Trexler Nature Preserve is a local destination for many tens-of-thousands of visitors each year – from families eager to explore Jordan Creek to hikers, bikers and more. Its rolling 1,108 acres, situated in Schnecksville, is among the largest area of green space in Lehigh Valley.

Connecting the Community with the Lehigh River -

As the Lehigh River Water Trail manager, Wildlands Conservancy forwards education and recreation opportunities that support the continued protection of the Lehigh River, maintaining a perpetual focus on improved water quality and wildlife habitat throughout the watershed. In 2015, improved signage for marking the Lehigh River Water Trail was created for nearly 20 access points […]

Judith’s Diehl’s South Mountain Love Story -

“I was born and raised at the farmhouse at the end of the property,” says Judith Diehl, 89, of the 8.4 acres she donated to Wildlands Conservancy in 2015, expanding our Emmaus-based Burkhart Preserve to feature more than 30 acres of woodlands. But the heritage of the place Judith called home has many sentimental layers […]

Trexler Nature Preserve: Stewarding the Health Of Jordan Creek -
Bausch Family Land Donation Enhances South Mountain Preserve -

  In August 2015, Wildlands Conservancy announced the permanent protection of 4.2 acres of mature woodlands in proximity to the land trust’s 340-acre, Emmaus-based South Mountain Preserve, a priority landscape for the Lehigh Valley and Lehigh River watershed. The property, donated by Richard D. Bausch Jr. and his five siblings, is situated in Upper Saucon […]

Lehigh River Headwaters Lehigh River Headwaters Tour -

On May 28, 2015, friends, partners and supporters gathered for a special tour of the headwaters of the Lehigh River, a 4,000-acre property protected through the land-trust work of Wildands Conservancy. Today, the   parcel is permanently set aside as part of PA State Game Lands #312. Key to the quantity and quality of the water […]

Bike & Boat Adventures Program Wins National Recognition -

Bike & Boat Adventures, Wildlands Conservancy’s biking and canoeing program highlighting the nature and history of the Lehigh River, recently was recognized by American Trails, the national nonprofit organization working on behalf of all trail interests. At the 2015 International Trails Symposium held May 17-20 in Portland, Or., Wildlands’ Bike & Boat Adventures program won American Trails’ […]

A Father-Daughter Legacy for Local Conservation -

Summer finds Mario Spagnoletti, 86, fly-fishing the Little Lehigh any chance he can get. The longstanding Wildands Conservancy volunteer, active member of the Whitehall Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) and lover of moments spent marveling at brown trout says, “I remember being told that some trout are too valuable to be caught only once.” Mario, the […]

Adventure Camp Bethlehem Supported by LV Community Foundation -

Wildlands Conservancy received a $3,500 grant from the Outdoor Recreation Fund for Youth of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation in March 2015 to help support Adventure Camp; outdoor, educational programming for youth ages 13-15, in the City of Bethlehem this summer. Working with community partners, Wildlands will deliver a full week of, hands-on experiences, including […]