Published Aug 13, 2015
Land in Michaux State Forest near Eagle Rock has been acquired and preserved by the Conservation Fund and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
The addition will offer habitat protection for state-listed plants and animals, local water quality protection, a working forest supporting timber jobs and outdoor recreational activities.
The 1,100-acre property, previously known as Eagle Rock, will be managed long-term for timber.
Existing trails that link directly to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail will also be open for public recreational access. The project also protects tributaries of the Conococheague Creek and serves as an important natural forest buffer to the Guilford Water Authority, which supplies drinking water for residents in south Franklin County.
Hiking, fishing and hunting are ingrained in Pennsylvania's culture, and these and many more outdoor activities also attract visitors who spend money in our communities," Secretary Dunn said. "With the addition of the Eagle Rock property to Michaux State Forest we're providing more land for the public to enjoy, as well as protecting a forest that supports jobs, wildlife and clean water.
Through its Forest Legacy Program, the U.S. Forest Service works with states, landowners, and other partners to protect private forest lands from being converted to non-forest uses.
Because of its close proximity to burgeoning Chambersburg, Hagerstown, and the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas, the land was susceptible to sub-division and development.
The Conservation Fund purchased the property from a willing seller in August 2014 and held it until the funding was available. In the last decade, the Fund has helped DCNR protect 3,600 acres at Michaux State Forest.
Tags: Appalachian Trail, Hiking, News, Conservation, the conservation fund, eagle rock pennsylvania, and michaux forest pennsylvania
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