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:
Will Chamberlin

Vice President:
Jim Dougherty

Treasurer:
Lou Houck

Secretary:
James Clark

Pat Acker
Tara Atkins
Andrew Bell
Dorrance Belin
Bill Booth
Eliza Comly
Kate Crowley
Kathleen Graff
Margaret Hull

Ellie Hyde
Kim Kost Scanlon
Gretchen Ludders
Abby Peck
Elaine Shepard
Bill Tersteeg
Michelle Tierney
Jim Vipond
Michael Williamson

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Kasson Falls - Forkston, Wyoming County!

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the stonewalls on our Ziegler Preserve look even better in the snow!

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Wonderful hike today on our new Gardner Spencer Preserve - Merry Christmas from all of us at the Conservancy!

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We're thrilled to announce the acquisition of our single largest property to-date: the Gardner Spencer Preserve! 82 acres in Benton Township, Lackawanna County. Many thanks...