Public Survey Purpose

Hellam Hills Conservation Area is made up of the Hellam Hills Nature Preserve and Wizard Ranch Nature Preserve and consists of 1,041 acres.  With funding provided by the National Park Service, The Conservation Fund, and support from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources – Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, the Conservancy is preparing a master plan for the nature preserves which make up the Hellam Hills Conservation Area.

The goals for the planning process is threefold:
  1. Develop a holistic master plan for Hellam Hills Nature Preserve and Wizard Ranch Nature Preserve that focuses on the preserves’ unique ecosystem health, function, and habitat as sustained or improved balanced with passive recreation opportunities including access points, accessible landscape features (natural and built), trails, and other compatible public uses.
  2. Embrace this project within the context of the Integrated Land Management Plan, Susquehanna Riverlands Conservation Landscape (ILMP) in respect to natural resource management, partnerships in conservation and stewardship and passive recreation opportunities.
  3. Establish rapport between the Conservancy and the York County and Riverlands community including local governments, businesses, community groups and Preserve neighbors; and familiarize them with the Conservancy's mission of stewardship. 
In the following survey please share how you currently use & experience Hellam Hills Nature Preserve and Wizard Ranch Nature Preserve and let us know your thoughts and opinions. The survey should take 20 to 25 minutes, and your input is a valuable component of of the master plan process.

The survey will be available through Tuesday August 31st, 2021. Surveys are not identified by name and your responses will be anonymous. All responses will be compiled and be part of the master plan.

This survey is being conducted by the Lancaster Conservancy and Simone Collins Landscape Architecture. For more information, please contact Sarah Leeper, RLA at or visit the Conservancy website: