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March 2013

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy: Important Parcel to be Added to Wildlife Reserve


The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy added a 40-acre parcel to the David M. Roderick Wildlife Reserve in February. The habitat, which sits within a bird conservation region, is notable for supporting several species of dragonflies.

The Erie County land is surrounded on all sides by the Roderick Wildlife Reserve – a reserve that the Conservancy helped acquire in 1991. The parcel falls within a Pennsylvania Important Bird Area, an international Bird Conservation Region, a priority Erie County Greenway and a Natural Heritage Area.

“WPC scientists and others have identified this parcel as being part of an important conservation area,” said Conservancy President and Chief Executive Officer Thomas D. Saunders. “The property is important because it not only is one of the last inholdings for the wildlife reserve, but also expands on previous property acquisitions nearby.”

WPC will convey the land to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, which manages the Roderick Reserve. The property will be open to the public for recreational purposes such as fishing, hiking and hunting.

The property contains an area of conservation concern, the Great Lakes Region Lakeplain Palustrine Forest, which includes about 15 acres of wetlands. This habitat supports species of concern such as Clinton’s wood fern, log fern and pumpkin ash – a large tree that grows in wet habitats – and two rare dragonflies, Cyrano darner and mocha emerald.

This Erie County acquisition was made possible through grants from the federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Atlantic Coast Joint Venture Habitat Restoration and Protection Program and funding from the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Additional support was provided by the Pennsylvania Sea Grant Program and the Lake Erie Region Conservancy.

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