Western Pennsylvania Conservancy: Important Parcel to be Added to Wildlife Reserve
Tue, Feb 26th 2013, 10:02. Filed under News Releases.
Erie, Pa. – Feb. 26 – A 40-acre parcel that contains supporting habitat for a rare assemblage of plant and animal species and that sits within a bird conservation area will be added to the David M. Roderick Wildlife Reserve, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy announced today.
The Conservancy today acquired the Erie County land, which 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.
Members of the media may use photos of the property found here: http://goo.gl/xctun
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 green spaces 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.