ABOUT US

Countryside Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit land trust committed to protecting and connecting greenspace in and near the Tunkhannock Creek watershed for the public benefit, now and for future generations.

Countryside Conservancy is a member of the Land Trust Alliance and of the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association. Countryside Conservancy is also an accredited land trust through the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.

501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

Countryside Conservancy was established in 1994 by citizens concerned about the loss of distinctive features in our regional landscape in northeastern Pennsylvania. Our non-profit organization works within Lackawanna, Susquehanna and Wyoming counties to preserve lands through cooperative agreements with landowners and through direct acquisition with funding from both public and private resources.

Permanent Protection

To date, the Conservancy has permanently protected nearly 1,500 acres of lands and waters in northeast Pennsylvania. Some lands have been protected through a private agreement with landowners, others through acquisition and ownership by the Conservancy. Lands owned by the Conservancy are open for public education and recreation.

The Conservancy is also working to turn the right-of-way of the former Northern Electric Trolley in Lackawanna and Wyoming counties into a non-motorized recreational trail.

Our Staff

Bill Kern

Executive Director

Executive Director since 2010, he holds a BA in Biology from Ithaca College and an MA in Environmental Studies from Brown University. Prior to joining the Conservancy, he worked for Green Energy Outreach Services (GEOS), a public relations and grassroots organizing firm specializing in the renewable energy industry. As a native of Wyoming County, he enjoys mountain biking, camping and hiking with his wife, Nora, and their dog, F. Spott Fitzgerald.

CHERYL ELLSWORTH

TRAIL COORDINATOR

Cheryl became the Conservancy’s first employee in 1999. She holds an MS in Human Services Administration with extensive administrative experience in non-profit organizations. She has served as project manager for trail improvement projects, feasibility studies, urban forestry projects and greenway planning, and is now leading the Conservancy’s Trolley Trail team. Cheryl resides in Wyoming County with her husband and son.

SHANNON CANTNER

OFFICE MANAGER

A Luzerne County native, Shannon joined the Countryside Conservancy with a strong background in office administration and a great deal of energy and enthusiasm for environmental conservation. When time permits her to be away from her office responsibilities, Shannon can be found spending time in the great outdoors enjoying life to the fullest. Shannon, an active Mom of three children, currently resides in the Clarks Summit area with her family.

Board of Directors

Countryside Conservancy’s Board of Directors is a hard-working, all-volunteer body that carries much of the organization’s workload. Our serving Board members are:

President:
Bill Booth

Vice President:
Andrew Bell

Treasurer:
Mike Williamson

Secretary:
Kate Crowley

Pat Acker
Tara Atkins
Dorrance Belin
Will Chamberlin
Eliza Comly
Jim Dougherty
Kathleen Graff
Ellie Hyde

Melissa Kirtley
Kim Kost Scanlon
Gretchen Ludders
Matt Mackie
Abby Peck
Bill Tersteeg
Michelle Tierney
Jim Vipond

Upcoming Events

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Countryside Conservancy20 hours ago
Awesome Supermoon Hike tonight with Sandcut Outdoors at Lackawanna State Park!
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Countryside Conservancy2 days ago
Full Moon Hike tomorrow night 2/19 with Sandcut Outdoors at Lackawanna State Park - call (570) 945-7110 to reserve your spot! The program will vary depending on weather conditions, but may include a variety of topics ranging from night vision and animal adaptations to darkness, to winter ecology, to nighttime navigation. Outdoor activities will last approximately one hour followed by hot chocolate at the Environmental Learning Center.
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Countryside Conservancy6 days ago
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Awesome hike today with all of our friends in the NEPA Trails Forum! Discover NEPA, Rail-Trail Council, Pennsylvania Environmental Council, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Lackawanna State Park, Lackawanna River Heritage Trail, North Pocono Trails Association plus many more!
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Lackawanna State Park
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