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Land Conservancy’s annual summer picnic
 set for August 17

Richard D. L. Fulton

(7/25) The Land Conservancy of Adams County invites members, friends, and anyone interested in land preservation to its 10th annual Summer Picnic on Sunday, August 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the recently preserved Boyer Nurseries and Orchards at 405 Boyer Nursery Road in Biglerville.

In 2013 and 2014 the Lower family, owners of Boyer Nurseries and Orchards, partnered with the Land Conservancy, the USDA’s Farm and Ranchland Protection Program, and the Adams County Green Space Program to preserve more than 900 acres of orchard, nursery, and woodlands on their Franklin Township farm. The land, which lies within the Adams County Fruit Belt near the Michaux State Forest, is especially important for preservation because it contains headwaters of Marsh Creek, a principal source of drinking water for the Gettysburg area.

"It’s exciting, and I’m very pleased to preserve our land for future generations," said Emma Lower, a fifth-generation member of the Boyer family.

Each summer the Land Conservancy invites members, friends, and those interested in its work to gather for an old-fashioned picnic celebrating the accomplishments of the previous year, honoring volunteers, and enjoying a summer afternoon on a beautiful preserved property.

As part of this year’s picnic, the Lower family invites guests to take a leisurely walk around the property, visiting the farm market, landscape nursery, gazebo, pond, and arbor vitae maze—which the kids will love.

The Land Conservancy will provide chicken, baked beans, and drinks for the picnic. Guests are asked to bring a covered dish to share, reusable place settings, and a chair if you wish. RSVP by August by calling (717) 334-2828.

The Land Conservancy is a member-supported nonprofit land trust that seeks to preserve the rural lands and character of Adams County. It works with interested landowners to preserve farms, orchards, streams, woodlands, and outdoor recreational resources for future generations. Since its founding in 1994, the Land Conservancy has helped preserve 9,112 acres of land in Adams County.

For more information about the Land Conservancy—and to RSVP to its 10th annual Summer Picnic, please call (717) 334-2828 or email lcac@adamscounty.us. More information on the Land Conservancy is also available on its website, www.LCACnet.org.

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