WPC Adds Scenic Property to Erie County’s Roderick Reserve

Tue, Oct 25th 2011, 15:56. Filed under News Releases.

Pittsburgh, Pa. – October 25, 2011 – The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) today acquired 82 acres near the bluffs of the Lake Erie shoreline. This forested property will be added to the 3,327-acre David M. Roderick Wildlife Reserve, which the Conservancy helped acquire in 1991.

“We are pleased to secure this wonderful land to build on our other acquisitions along the Erie shoreline,” said Conservancy President and CEO Thomas Saunders. “We’re excited about adding this key property to the Roderick Reserve, and not far from Erie Bluffs State Park that we also protected.”


WPC will convey the land to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, which manages the Roderick Reserve. The property contains a wetland forest uncommon in Pennsylvania for its rare assemblage of plant and animal species like the pumpkin ash, a large tree that grows in wet habitats. It also includes approximately 40 acres of coastal wetlands, which are in decline nationally. Raccoon Creek, a steelhead stream, flows through the southern portion of the property into Lake Erie.

In addition, the land provides ideal habitat for birds of special interest. Birds that have been observed in the area include bald eagles, peregrine falcons, bank swallows, American woodcocks, willow flycatchers, yellow-breasted chats, wood thrushes and scarlet tanagers.

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.



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 has helped to establish ten state parks, conserved more than 230,000 acres of natural lands and protected or restored more than 1,500 miles of rivers and streams. The Conservancy owns and operates Fallingwater, which symbolizes people living in harmony with nature. In addition, WPC enriches our region’s cities and towns through nearly 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.

Media contact:
Eric Sloss
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
(412) 586-2358



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