Property to Enhance Western Pennsylvania Conservancy-Owned Natural Area
Wed, Oct 9th 2013, 10:18. Filed under News Releases.
Slippery Rock, Pa. – Oct. 8 – A property featuring seeps, springs and wetlands will enhance a distinct and popular natural area owned by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, the Conservancy said today as it announced the acquisition of the site.
The Conservancy purchased about 38 acres in Slippery Rock Township, near Wolf Creek Narrows Natural Area, a Butler County site known for its spring wildflowers. WPC will own and manage the property. The site will be open to the public as an addition to Wolf Creek Narrows.
“One of our goals for this property is to permanently protect enough of Wolf Creek to provide a viable core of forest and wetland habitats and to assist in maintaining the high water quality of Wolf Creek,” said Thomas D. Saunders, president and chief executive officer of the Conservancy. “The creek and forested valley provide aquatic, riparian and upland habitat for a number of species of concern and a variety of wildlife.”
The newly acquired acreage sits not only near the 164-acre Wolf Creek Narrows, but also Slippery Rock University-owned Miller Woods. The latter is a 42-acre certified Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary and an archaeological site. About 22 acres of the new property are currently being farmed and a small portion of the site includes a wetland. Eventually, WPC will remove structures from the site – including a barn – so that the land can be maintained as a natural area.
The Conservancy purchased the property from the Alida Hines/Moore Estate. Gwilym A. Price III, the attorney for the estate, said the land had been in the family for generations.
“Conveying this property to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is part of a wonderful trend in the Slippery Rock area,” Price said. “It’s great to see families ensuring that the land can be enjoyed by future generations.”
Short-term funding for this project came from a bequest made to the Conservancy by Helen B. Katz. However, staff will seek funding from various sources for the property’s future stewardship needs and to replenish the funds from the bequest to be used for other future land conservation work.
The Conservancy acquired the majority of the Wolf Creek Narrows property from Mary Clutton Colvin and Charlotte Clutton Friedline in 1979. The sisters donated a portion of the value of their property to the Conservancy, in memory of their parents and grandparents.
The narrow valley of Wolf Creek is believed to have been created by the erosion and collapse of a cave ceiling due to melting glaciers millennia ago.
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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 has helped to establish ten state parks, conserved more than 235,000 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.