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Investments to Protect Berks, Lehigh, Northampton Natural Areas
Pennsylvania Ag Connection - 11/27/2019

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced the Wolf Administration's investment of more than $1.8 million to protect 558 acres of open space and natural areas in Berks, Lehigh, and Northampton counties.

"This funding helps the department support the acquisition of land for expansion of community parks, critical wildlife habitat, and for the conservation of open space and natural areas," Dunn said. "We are happy to assist communities in Berks County and the Lehigh Valley with protecting the places they value for opportunities to spend time in nature, and to help the region and the commonwealth be more resilient to climate change."

Highlights of the six grants in the counties include:

- Berks Nature, $92,000 toward a conservation easement on approximately 109 acres along the Kittatinny Ridge in Hamburg Borough, Berks County. The Kittatinny Ridge is a major migratory superhighway that calls to thousands of bird species to follow its narrow spine along the eastern part of the North American continent.

- Wildlands Conservancy, $500,000 toward the acquisition of about 168 acres in Salisbury and Upper Saucon townships, Lehigh County, and an adjacent 19-acre land donation, for a new preserve. This is the former Rodale property.

- Lower Mt. Bethel Township, $210,000 toward the acquisition of approximately 47 acres in Northampton County to help protect Martins Creek and provide new recreation opportunities.

A complete list (DOC) of the 41 land acquisition grants, awarded statewide, is on the DCNR website. The $14.3 million in grants supported by the Keystone Fund will assist with the conservation of 10,051 acres of open space and natural areas.

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