The Merrill W. Linn Land & Waterways Conservancy welcomed new Operations Manager, Chad North, to their team recently. North is a Lewisburg High School (’02) and Bucknell University (’06) graduate who is passionate about protecting local outdoor spaces in the Lewisburg home area of the Conservancy. With background in the business and fundraising world, as well as a lifelong love of the outdoors, his aim is to grow the Conservancy’s outreach and financial support so that they can protect even more ecologically vital landscapes. When not serving the Conservancy, you can find Chad out hiking with his wife, Kira, their daughter, Evelyn, and dog, Tuesday. For more details about what’s new with the Linn Conservancy, or to introduce yourself, email Chad at [email protected].

The Merrill W. Linn Land and Waterways Conservancy was founded in April of 1988 in memory of Merrill W. Linn, a local attorney and avid outdoorsman who spent much of his life exploring the woods, streams, fields, and byways surrounding his native Lewisburg, and sharing that experience and knowledge with others. Since its founding, the Merrill W. Linn Land & Waterways Conservancy has protected woodlands, agricultural lands, streams and wetlands. They maintain four trails for public enjoyment. These efforts are complemented by a very strong focus on public engagement. Throughout the year, the Linn Conservancy sponsors family-oriented events that bring attention to the special qualities to be enjoyed in our local natural environment. The Buffalo Creek Watershed Alliance, a division of the Merrill Linn Conservancy since 2002, has monitored Buffalo Creek’s water quality for many years and has been instrumental in promoting stream protection and revitalization programs within the watershed.


The mission of the Merrill Linn Conservancy is to preserve and protect significant ecological sites in Union, upper Northumberland, and neighboring counties and to engage the public on conservation issues critical to the health of our environment.