One Hundred Acres to be Added to Buchanan State Forest, WPC Announces

Mon, Feb 25th 2013, 14:31. Filed under News Releases.

Chaneysville, Pa. – Feb. 25 – About 100 acres will be added to Buchanan State Forest, resulting in better public access to the forest’s Sweet Root Natural Area, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy announced today.

The land in southern Bedford County will be added to the Sweet Root Natural Area’s 1,400 acres, linking two separate pieces of the natural area: a smaller piece that contains parking, a picnic area and a trailhead and a larger area that contains remote land. Before the acquisition, hikers who started at the trailhead needed to cross private property to access the rest of the natural area.

“This propertywill provide an important forested buffer for Sweet Root Natural Area’s 70-acre stand of old-growth hemlock, white pine and cove hardwoods,” said Conservancy President and Chief Executive Officer Thomas D. Saunders. “The acquisition of this property will result in the protection of valuable ecological resources.”

The buffer to the old-growth forest stand also sits along Sweet Root Creek, a headwaters tributary of Town Creek, which empties into the Potomac River.

The Conservancy acquired the Southampton Township, Bedford County, parcel and will convey the land to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, which manages Buchanan State Forest. DCNR also provided funding for the acquisition.

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Members of the media may use photos of the property found here: http://goo.gl/94850

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 233,000 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 135 community gardens and greenspaces that are planted with the help of 13,000 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:
Allison Schlesinger
412-586-2358 (office)
412-607-1945 (cell)
aschlesinger@paconserve.org