WPC Acquires Critical Conservation Land along Laurel Hill Creek
Fri, Dec 10th 2010, 15:08. Filed under News Releases.
Pittsburgh, Pa. – December 10, 2010 – The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) today acquired land adjacent to Laurel Hill State Park that includes more than 2,000 feet of frontage on Laurel Hill Creek, one of the most threatened streams in the nation.
The 137-acre tract in Jefferson Township, Somerset County offers stunning views of Laurel Ridge and Laurel Hill State Park, as well as access to Laurel Hill Creek. As a result of its conservation by WPC, the land will now be accessible to the public for fishing and other forms of low-impact recreation. The Conservancy will convey the property to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Bureau of State Parks to become a permanent addition to Laurel Hill State Park.
“We are very pleased to permanently protect a beautiful section of the Laurel Highlands that was a prime candidate for subdivision and development,” said Thomas D. Saunders, president and CEO of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. “The trail along the creek is wonderful, the view from the top of the property’s ridgeline is magnificent, and this property adds a key area to Laurel Hill State Park. The Conservancy staff has put a lot of work and effort into this acquisition and it has been worth every moment.”
Conservation of this land was made possible through the generosity of the B.K. Simon family and the Colcom Foundation, and through funding from DCNR.
This property had been identified as a top conservation priority by Laurel Hill State Park due to its location immediately adjacent to the park, and because nearby second-home construction and other development activity threatened its natural and recreational assets.
With its significant frontage along Laurel Hill Creek, the newly conserved land also helps to safeguard the water quality of this creek, listed as one of the ten most endangered waterways in the country by the conservation group American Rivers.
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About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) enhances the region’s quality of life by protecting and restoring exceptional places. A private nonprofit conservation organization founded in 1932, WPC helped to establish ten state parks and has conserved nearly 229,000 acres of natural lands and waterways. The Conservancy owns and operates Fallingwater, the Frank Lloyd Wright house in Mill Run, Pa. that symbolizes people living in harmony with nature. In addition, WPC enriches our region’s cities and towns through 140 community gardens and greenspaces that are planted with the help of 12,000 volunteers. The work of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is accomplished through the support of more than 11,000 members. For more information, visit WaterLandLife.org.
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