Allison Property



The mission of the Lake Erie Region Conservancy is to identify, conserve, and protect the Lake Erie region's unique natural and cultural resources.  We also promote sustainable development through research and outreach.

Executive Director

Tom Fuhrman


Board of Directors

Dave Skellie, President

Patrick Traphagen, Treasurer

Christine Hetz Phillips, Secretary

Tom Cermak

Ed Kissell

Joy Knapp

Pat Lupo, OSB

Anna McCartney

Terry Olsen

Glenn Thompson

Brian Weber

Adam Welsh

About Us



The Lake Erie Region Conservancy (LERC) is a land conservancy that was formed in 2000 to identify, conserve, and protect the natural, cultural and historic resources in the Lake Erie region of Northwest Pennsylvania.  It was initially formed to preserve the Coho site on the shoreline of Lake Erie, which was successfully turned into a 621-acre state park known as Lake Erie Bluffs.


  • LERC currently owns 8 properties totaling 190 acres. 

  • LERC holds easements on 4 properties totaling 58 acres.

  • LERC has  assisted with the preservation of 8 properties totaling 1,177 acres.

  • Total acreage saved with direct LERC involvement: 1,384 acres or 2.2 square miles.




The Lake Erie Region Conservancy will be:

  • The premier organization in the region working to preserve land and water resources for public access and recreational use.

  • The one stop resource for land owners seeking the best approaches to permanently preserve their property for conservation purposes.

  • The leading advocate working with local municipalities to encourage them to use environmentally responsible development practices and avoid sprawl.

  • The first choice as a partner for collaborative efforts when other community organizations are pursuing conservation projects.

  • An organization with strong financial and volunteer resources that will enable it to further its mission and pursue projects that will enhance the quality of life for all the communities served by the Conservancy.    




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Lake Erie Region Conservancy                                                                                                                                                                        Contact LERC

P.O. Box 11046  |  Erie, PA 16514 

Tel: (814)-566-9319