Located in Lancaster and York counties, the Susquehanna Riverlands Conservation Landscape strives to conserve and protect the greenway corridor of river lands along the Susquehanna River. This corridor of lands and water will be the foundation upon which to build an economic development, community sustainability and conservation stewardship strategy for the two counties.
The Lower Susquehanna River landscape is rural and scenic. Much of the land along the river is owned by utility companies. Protecting the river means protecting these lands – approximately 13,000 acres including many islands in the river. The area known as the Conejohela Flats provides important feeding and resting areas for migratory birds and habitat for wildlife species including bald eagle, black tern, osprey, and many shorebirds. The conservation of this land also supports Chesapeake Bay restoration initiatives, as the Susquehanna River contributes nearly half of the freshwater flow to the Chesapeake Bay.
The goals of the Susquehanna Riverlands landscape are to:
- improve public access to the river
- preserve environmentally sensitive areas
- preserve the forested river landscape
- improve water quality
- provide additional land and water based recreational opportunities
- revitalize the Rivertown communities of Marietta, Columbia and Wrightsville