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April 2014
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Aldie Mansion Tree Tour
Saturday, May 3rd
9:00 to 10:00 AM
Aldie Mansion
85 Old Dublin Pike
Doylestown, PA 18901
For the first time ever, we are offering a guided tour of the unique trees surrounding our headquarters! 
Led by Brooks and Barber Tree Management's owner and arborist, 
Craig Brooks, you will learn about the 
20+ species of trees that grace the grounds of Aldie Mansion.
Free for members, $5 for non-members. Please register with Tammy at 215-345-7020 ext 107. For more information, click HERE.
Intro to Fishing

Saturday, May 17th
9:00 to 11:00 AM

3298 Main Street
Springtown, PA 

(Call or email for directions)  


Join us on a preserved property for the art of fishing taught by Heritage Conservancy volunteers!
Equipment provided. Minimum age is 8; adult supervision required for anyone 17 or younger.  $10 for members (price for one family, up to 5 people), $15 for non-members (same).  Please register with Tammy at 215-345-7020 ext. 107 or tschane@heritageconservancy.org.
12th Annual Pennsylvania Land Conservation ConferenceAdd a description
May 1st through May 3rd
Reading Crowne Plaza
Berks County
The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association is holding its 12th annual conference!
Three staff members from Heritage Conservancy will be presenting at the conference. Learn more about "Preserving Properties With Complex Issues," presented by Heritage Conservancy's Laura Baird and Kris Kern, by clicking HERE.

Registration is required. To learn more about the conference, click HERE.
Barn Voyage!
A Heritage Conservancy Self-Guided Driving Barn Tour
Coming this Memorial Day!
Over 15 barns in Central Bucks County will be featured on this unique barn tour. Discover the iconic treasures that tell the story of Bucks County!
For more information, contact Alex at 215-345-7020 ext. 131 or
or click HERE.
6th Annual Farm to Table
Saturday, July 26th
Beginning at 6:00 PM
Lindsay Farm in Warwick(Jamison), PA
Join us at our picturesque Lindsay Farm Preserve and enjoy a meal prepared by Jamie Hollander Gourmet Foods & Catering made using fresh food 
from local farms. 

For more information, contact Katie at kpaone@heritageconservancy.org or 215-345-7020 ext. 108, or click HERE to purchase tickets.
Any time of year is perfect for a wedding at historic  
Aldie Mansion!

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for details.
 Celebrating conservation at the Business Members Reception
L to R: Marv Woodall(Chairman of the Board for Heritage Conservancy), Melissa Eiseman, Brian Firth(Board member for Heritage Conservancy), and Phil Eiseman  


On Thursday, April 24th, we held our annual Business Members Reception at Aldie Mansion where we celebrated our much-appreciated business members who continue to promote our mission of preserving and protecting our region's natural and historic heritage through their advocacy and support. During the evening, we presented Phil and Melissa Eiseman, owners of Eiseman Construction Company, Inc., with our 2014 Community Business Leader Conservation Award as a result of their work in preservation and significant contributions to our community.


Eiseman Construction Company, Inc. has been in business for more than 45 years and is committed to the belief that "just as a good roof lasts for decades, a good company builds a strong reputation by investing in its community's future." A business member of Heritage Conservancy since 2003, Eiseman Construction Company, Inc. has generously and consistently supported our organization. Over the past two years, Phil and Melissa have been Silver Level leaders, donating more than $10,000 in roofing repair services to help maintain historic Aldie Mansion and the farm buildings on our Lindsay property in Jamison, PA. The company is investing in our community's future by helping to preserve our past. The philanthropy of Eiseman Constuction not only supports our organization but also extends to other non-profits in the region as well as neighbors in need. The company truly lives by its motto.


We were grateful to have the opportunity to honor the Eisemans and to thank so many of our business members in person. It was a wonderful evening filled with compassion and enthusiasm as over 65 people gathered together to share in their advocacy for conservation. To the business members who we missed at the reception: thanks to all of you for your generosity and support of our mission!


Support businesses that support conservation! If you think that preserving and protecting our region's natural and historic heritage is important, please patronize the businesses that help us in our mission to keep Bucks County beautiful! Search for businesses by category in our newly remodeled Business Member Directory HERE.


If you are interested in becoming a business member, contact Tammy Schane at 215-345-7020 ext. 107 or tschane@heritageconservancy.org.


Thank you to our Business Leaders for supporting the Business Members Reception: Jeffrey A. Miller Catering Company, The Thompson Organization, Eiseman Construction Company Inc., Penn Color Inc., Cross Keys Development Company, Univest Bank and Trust Company, AmeriStructure LLC, Brooks & Barber Tree Management, Curtin & Heefner LLP, Dear Garden Associates Inc., Hill Wallack LLP, Jamie Hollander Catering, National Penn Bank, PPL Corporation, and Zaveta Custom Homes LLC. Thank you to the Preservationist sponsors of our Business Members Reception: Pine Run Retirement Community and The Weimer Group. 

Our volunteers help them to take the road less traveled

A herd of spotted salamanders that was "spotted" crossing a road near Quakertown Swamp. Thanks to the Quakertown Swamp Amphibian Rescue Partnership, they made it safely across! This photo was taken by Devich Farbotnik, a volunteer for the Partnership. 



For the third year in a row, the Quakertown Swamp Amphibian Rescue Partnership (QSARP) helped to provide safe passage for salamanders, frogs and other amphibians across a busy Quakertown road. When these critters come out of hibernation, they embark on a dangerous trek through the night to get to the vernal pools on the other side of the road in order to breed.


Amphibians are excellent bio-indicators. They have permeable skin that can easily absorb toxic chemicals from both air and water, making them very sensitive to any environmental changes such as a shift in air or water quality. A drop in population could be an indication of the degradation of the health of the surrounding environment. Since amphibians play such an integral part in Quakertown Swamp's functioning ecosystem, it is important to monitor and protect these vital creatures.


That is why Heritage Conservancy, Richland Township and its local police department, East Rockhill Township and its road crew, and dedicated volunteers joined together in 2011 to form QSARP. Toward the end of every winter, we monitor the area for signs of an exodus. Since ideal crossing weather consists of temperatures remaining above 38 degrees along with heavy rains, the crossings can be unpredictable and sporadic.


Who could forget the brutal winter that we had? Not us, and certainly not the salamanders! Their crossings began later this year than previous years since low temperatures lingered well into spring. The first small crossing was documented on March 19th, but the first mass exodus of over 500 salamanders didn't occur until the very end of March, followed by several smaller crossings after that.


Our volunteers have truly helped to make QSARP a success. They are outside on cold, rainy nights to keep an eye out for mass crossings and to inform the rest of the partnership if one occurs. Thanks to monitoring by our volunteers, we were once again able to ensure safe travels for vital amphibians by closing the necessary roads and keeping cars at bay. And that has made all the difference for them.


If you'd like more information on the Quakertown Swamp Amphibian Rescue Partnership, or to learn more about the importance of these amphibians, please contact Shannon Fredebaugh at 215-345-7020 ext. 104 or click HERE.

Miryam's Farm: A Legacy Preserved  
L: Miryam Ralph feeding her chickens. R: Guests working on the farm.

In 1951, Miryam Ralph purchased a 23-acre farm in Pipersville, Bucks County where she tended property; she milked cows, fed chickens, gathered eggs and nurtured several geese and multiple cats and dogs. Miryam lived there until her death in 2003.


A devoted environmentalist, Miryam's wish was for her farm, the place that she had brought to life, to be preserved upon her death. On April 10th, Heritage Conservancy helped fulfill that wish by recording a conservation easement on the property.


In her will, Miryam stated, "A farm is a place to help 'man' in this present day to get back to the nature of life. Man needs to return to himself and his function on earth. We are destroying our environment; we should be living in harmony with it. A farm can provide food, refuge, quiet, somewhere to see birth and death, to know trees, wildlife, the weather, and help to get back to understanding we are part of the family of man."


In fact, for decades, Miryam's Farm served as a retreat where people came to rest and rejuvenate. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the Lions Club and church groups enjoyed the farm for various outings. With time, events grew. In 1972, Second Sundays at Miryam's Farm became a regular venue featuring a range of entertainment, including live music, art exhibits, puppet shows, yoga, tai chi and personal exploration series. Thousands of artists, musicians and guests came to display arts and crafts, entertain and celebrate. Remnants of an outdoor stage are visible today. So much a local institution, Miryam's Farm was highlighted in a 1981 feature of Bucks County Country Inns in The Christian Science Monitor.


According to an article published by The Philadelphia Inquirer in 1993, Miryam once described her farm as "a creative oasis in the midst of a mechanized desert." When asked why people kept visiting her farm, Miryam responded that, "They like the freedom. There's a good feeling on the farm."  Many guests at the farm set up camp, whether for the night or a few weeks. Miryam was known to provide food and shelter to those less fortunate.    


In the 1980s, Miryam also hosted camps for "Volunteers for Peace," an organization aimed at providing intercultural education through community service. International visitors from Italy, West Germany, France, England, Denmark, Finland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia stayed at Miryam's Farm in exchange for farming and construction work.


In addition to the community and social aspects of Miryam's Farm, the property is rich with natural resources. The farm contains agricultural soils of statewide significance and is crossed by a stretch of Irish Run, a tributary of Tohickon Creek.  Woodlands comprised of black cherry, eastern red cedar, white ash, red oak and America beech are spread along the Farm.


As holder of the conservation easement on Miryam's Farm, Heritage Conservancy will ensure that the terms and conditions of the easement are honored in perpetuity. An accredited land trust, we can work with landowners to fulfill their conservation goals and ensure the permanent protection of family lands. As our president, Jeff Marshall, has said, we are in the business of making wishes come true. We are pleased that we could help to fulfill Miryam Ralph's wishes.