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By Andy Hirsch
LEWISBURG, Pa. — As the Susquehanna River flows by Bucknell, it offers the University a beautiful and valuable resource for teaching and research opportunities. In exchange, Bucknell has long been a steward of the river, including through the establishment of programs such as the Susquehanna River Initiative, the collaborative efforts to secure the river's place in history and an annual symposium that explores various issues related to the river.
Bucknell has added another partnership key to the long-term viability of the Susquehanna. On Friday the University announced a joint effort with the Chesapeake Conservancy and several other organizations to launch Envision the Susquehanna, an initiative that seeks to improve the ecological and cultural integrity throughout the Susquehanna landscape, improving the quality of life for all citizens along the river.
"The Susquehanna River is an environmental, educational and cultural treasure for our region," said Bucknell President John Bravman. "Thanks to the many Bucknell faculty and students involved in research associated with the river, Bucknell is an enthusiastic partner in the Envision the Susquehanna initiative and all that this tremendous collaboration promises for the future of the river as a critically important community resource."
Led by the Chesapeake Conservancy, a regional nonprofit dedicated to connecting people to the Chesapeake Bay watershed and conserving its natural and cultural resources, Envision the Susquehanna is guided by a core team of partners, including the Susquehanna Heartland Coalition for Environmental Studies, the Wildlife Management Institute, the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The team has also developed a diverse advisory council made up of more than 25 members.
"We want to see Envision the Susquehanna result in an increased awareness of the natural, historic and cultural resources that exist along the river; the creation of new opportunities to connect people to the Susquehanna; and the improvement of the ecological and cultural integrity of the landscape," said Joel Dunn, executive director of the Chesapeake Conservancy. "Doing this will contribute to the economic sustainability of those living along the river."
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett commended the new partnership, stating, "The Envision the Susquehanna initiative will allow our communities to preserve and enhance the river's unique qualities and enjoy all that it has to offer. I commend the Chesapeake Conservancy and its partners for their steadfast dedication to engaging our communities to ensure the vitality of the Susquehanna River."