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Bridging People, Land Preservation and Waterway Restoration Since 1989







What is The Gunpowder Valley Conservancy?

The Gunpowder Valley Conservancy, a non-profit organization, mobilizes people and resources to care for the lands, waters and character of the Gunpowder Watershed. Its emphasis is on land preservation, restoration, stream cleanups and education. The GVC serves as a bridge connecting citizens with programs and information that can help them become better stewards of the natural and historical resources in our watershed.

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Baltimore Sun: Conservancy group seeks to protect the Gunpowder River and its environs

“One young sapling out of dozens on the shore of Loch Raven Reservoir slumped against the ground May 9, its thin branches covered in thorny vines. Gunpowder Valley Conservancy President Charlie Conklin couldn’t stand to see it. The tree was one of 5,000 that members of the conservancy have planted around Loch Raven to filter and slow stormwater runoff from reaching the lake, which flows into the Big Gunpowder Falls, then the Gunpowder River, and eventually Chesapeake Bay. Conklin, 79, … read more

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We've come a long way in 25 years. Here are just some of the things we've accomplished since 1989.

Total Volunteers

Trees Planted on 140 acres

Tons of Trash Collected

Acres of Conservation Easements
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Waterway Restoration Land Preservation


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