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All Star Award
5th Annual Farm to Table Event!
Farm to Table 2013
Saturday, July 27 
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM 
Lindsay Farm in Warwick, PA

Join us for farm fresh food prepared by the best in Bucks County served in a rustic and picturesque outdoor setting.
 
This event sold out last year, so don't miss out!
 
To purchase tickets, click HERE, or contact Katie Paone at 215-345-7020 ext. 108 for more information. 
Volunteers needed!

Volunteer to assist with Farm to Table event preparation!  

 

WHEN: Friday, July 26 

9:30 AM - 3:30 PM 

 

Help us assemble event centerpieces, gift bags, and place settings for the annual Farm to Table dinner event taking place Saturday, July 27.  

 

Please contact Kristen Brown at kbrown@heritageconservancy.org or (215) 345-7020 ext. 104 to volunteer.

The Art of Preservation: A Farm to Table Event 
Art of Pres 2013  
Saturday, September 21
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Historic Kirkland Farm
2510 Old Bethlehem Road
Springtown PA 18081

Join us for an elegant evening of cocktails and locally sourced delicacies on a historic farm at our 2nd annual Farm to Table event in Upper Bucks County.

For more information, call Katie at (215) 345-7020 ext. 108.
Click HERE for more details. 
Congratulations to the Quakertown Swamp Amphibian Rescue Partnership!
 
On Wednesday, June 5th, Heritage Conservancy will receive the Conservation Organization Award from Bucks County Conservation District for its involvement in the Quakertown Swamp Amphibian Rescue Partnership. The award will be presented during the Commissioner's meeting at Ivyland Borough Hall.

This award is bestowed upon a Bucks County organization that has made a noteworthy contribution to the conservation of Pennsylvania's soil, water and related natural resources on a local, county, state, or regional level.

 

The Quakertown Swamp Amphibian Rescue Partnership has surely made an important contribution to the conservation of Pennsylvania's natural resources!

Office Space Available in Historic Buildings

WOW your clients with a beautiful 

and unique setting! 

Office space for rent located at historic Aldie Mansion in Doylestown, PA, now available.  1,000  sq. ft. of office space with ample off-street parking. Renter pays electric, phone, and internet. $1,400/month.

 

Create an image of warmth, charm and history for your organization by renting a historic farmhouse located on 5 acres in Jamison, PA.
Space is approx. 2200 sq. ft. Gracious entry foyer, three large rooms, high ceilings, hardwood floors, original hardware, kitchen facilities, storage space.  $3400/month plus utils.

 

If interested in either of these rental opportunities, please contact Sharon at syoung@heritgeconservancy.org or 215-345-7020 ext. 106.

Any time of year is perfect for a wedding at historic  
Aldie Mansion!



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Heritage Conservancy Holds Its First-ever 24-hour Ecological Survey

Canoe
The Aquatics team ventures into the marsh to search for undocumented species
 
Heritage Conservancy kicked off its first-ever BioBlitz at Bristol Marsh on Friday, May 17th, in Bristol, PA. A BioBlitz is a 24-hour ecological survey during which teams work together to discover and document as many species of plant and animal life as possible to better understand an area's ecosystem. The event brought together scientists, naturalists, students, teachers and community members to recognize the importance of biodiversity in the significant habitat of the Bristol Marsh Preserve. 

 

Located along the Delaware River just southwest of the historic district of Bristol Borough of Bucks County, the Bristol March Preserve encompasses 33 acres of natural area preserved by The Nature Conservancy and Bristol Borough and locally managed by Heritage Conservancy. The Preserve includes a rare and important freshwater tidal marsh, one of the few remaining in Pennsylvania.

 

Commencing on a beautiful spring afternoon, the opening ceremony of the BioBlitz featured speakers who welcomed the group of eager participants. The speakers included Jeffrey Marshall, President of Heritage Conservancy, Molly Anderson, Pennsylvania Volunteer Program Manager for The Nature Conservancy, Robyn Trunell, Council Vice President from Bristol Borough, and Justin Land, Public Affairs Manager for The Dow Chemical Company. Each speaker focused on a different aspect of the history of Bristol Marsh Preserve; together their messages culminated in an impactful speech that stressed the importance of volunteerism and the need for us all to collaborate as stewards to protect our planet. 
 
To continue reading this article, click HERE.
To view our photo gallery from the event, click HERE.
Heritage Conservancy Teams Up With Bucks County Audubon Society to Present Watershed Symposium


Attendees learn about soil improvement while the stars of the symposium, a triplet of goats, kid around in the background.

 

We recently partnered with Bucks County Audubon Society, a non-profit organization that works to promote the sustainability of human activities, in presenting "A History of Protecting the Future: The Story of the Honey Hollow Watershed" Symposium. A free-to-attend educational extravaganza for nature lovers, historians and scientists alike, this event was held on Saturday, May 4th from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM at the beautiful Bucks County Audubon Society Visitor Center in New Hope, PA. With over 65 people in attendance, the symposium reached a broad audience.

 

To continue reading this article, click HERE.

Sala-meandering Across the Road

A spotted salamander on its journey to safety

 

For the second year in a row, Quakertown Swamp Amphibian Rescue Partnership helped to provide safe passage for salamanders, frogs and other indigenous amphibians across busy Quakertown roads. Quakertown Swamp Amphibian Rescue Partnership was established in 2011 when Heritage Conservancy began working with a group of dedicated volunteers to provide this safe passage.

 

In the Quakertown Swamp, one of Heritage Conservancy's Lasting LandscapesŪ, frogs, salamanders, and other amphibians indigenous to the swamp come out of hibernation and must cross busy roads in order to get to the vernal pools on the other side to breed. The journey to the breeding grounds can be dangerous because few cars slow down to allow them to cross the road safely. Thankfully, Quakertown Swamp Amphibian Rescue Partnership members monitor the area to ensure that, when it's time to cross, cars are kept at bay.

 

With cold weather lingering well into spring, the amphibians were slow to start their mass exodus compared to previous years. Since ideal crossing weather consists of temperatures remaining above 38 degrees along with heavy rains, the first official mass crossing occurred this year on March 12, followed by March 31 and then April 10. Last year, the first crossing began in mid-February. The most populous crossings occurred very late in the evening and into the early hours of the morning.

 

With the help of dedicated volunteers, Richland Township and their local police department, East Rockhill Township and their road crew and residents of Quakertown Swamp, we were successful in assisting over 925 salamanders and frogs cross to the vernal pools!

Heritage Conservancy's Chairman of the Board 

Receives Humanitarian Award

Marv Woodall at the CBCC Lifetime Achievement Awards with his wife, Dee Ann, about whom he stated, "I accept this award if you amend it to include my wife." 

(Photo courtesy of Chris Whitney Photography)


We are proud to announce that our Chairman, Marv Woodall, received the Humanitarian Award at the 38th Annual Lifetime Achievement Awards held by Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce on April 20, 2013. This award is given to an individual for concerted efforts in voluntary service that enhances the quality of life of the community, or for pioneering or spearheading a pertinent program or cause, or has shown a unique individual commitment to humankind.

 

Marv Woodall has proven himself exemplary in every facet of the award's description. Among many achievements worthy of accolade in his professional career, Mr. Woodall's greatest accomplishment was heading the group at Johnson & Johnson that developed the first coronary stent approved in the US. In his retirement, he has served on the Board of Directors for several hospitals around the area, including Lehigh Valley Hospital, where he was Chairman, and Doylestown Hospital. Mr. Woodall considers the arts an important part of the heritage of Bucks County and has given generously toward getting the Bucks County Playhouse back up and running. He even made a cameo in a performance of "Barefoot in the Park!"

The countless hours that Marv Woodall has dedicated to advising Heritage Conservancy on its operations are remarkable. By heading our organization, he is truly enhancing the quality of life for generations to come by helping to preserve our area's land and historic properties. We at Heritage Conservancy consider ourselves lucky to have Mr. Woodall as our Chairman of the Board. Congratulations on receiving this award, Marv! It is well deserved!
Many Faces, One Voice:
Susan Myerov, Senior Planner
 

For over 10 years, Susan Myerov has worked as the Senior Planner of Heritage Conservancy. In this role, she supports our land preservation work through the development of municipal open space plans, watershed conservation plans and educational programs related to storm water management. She also manages activities at the Bristol Marsh Preserve in partnership with The Nature Conservancy and Bristol Borough, including educational programs for nearby schools and our yearly Bristol Marsh Preserve clean up.

 

May has been a busy month for Susan! She was responsible for working with the Bucks County Audubon Society earlier this month to plan and host the successful "A History of Protecting the Future: The Story of the Honey Hollow Watershed" Symposium. As if that wasn't enough to keep someone busy, Sue also planned our Bristol Marsh BioBlitz that was held just two weeks after the symposium! As a pioneer event, heading operations for the BioBlitz could have been a daunting task, but Sue met the challenge head-on. Thanks to her commitment and organization in working with numerous organizations, our first-ever BioBlitz was an extremely worthwhile event.

 

Before joining Heritage Conservancy, Sue worked in both public and private sector organizations. She started her career as a redevelopment planner in the city of Hartford, Connecticut.  She also worked for a private civil engineering firm, conducting environmental planning studies and managing the preparation of environmental assessments for transportation projects.

 

Regarding her career at Heritage Conservancy, Sue reflected, "It is very fulfilling to work for an organization with a mission to protect natural and historic resources. I feel that in some small way, I am helping to protect our special places for future generations. Working here has provided me the opportunity to work with many different partners and organizations and the privilege of meeting, working with and learning from so many amazing and talented people."

 

Through her talent and hard work, Sue is certainly helping to protect our natural and historic resources for future generations.