Lancaster County, PA: PPL Holtwood LLC/Talen Energy recently transferred an additional 365 acres of land along the Lower Susquehanna River to the Lancaster County Conservancy for long-term preservation.
This acquisition included the final transfer of land which form part of the Shenks Ferry Wildflower Preserve, Kellys Run and Pinnacle in Lancaster County and natural lands adjacent to Otter Creek in York County. A total of 13 tracts valued at over $1.8 million dollars were transferred through donation and grant funding. An additional 467 acers will be donated by Brookfield Renewable Energy in the coming year and approximately 100 acers including Pinnacle Overlook will be transferred to PA DCNR to be included in Susquehannock State Park.
This transfer marks the final PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PA DCNR) grant funded transfer in this public-private partnership that started in the 1990s with studies conducted by PA DCNR and The Conservation Fund. The project has advanced to protect almost 2,000 acres of natural lands and has been nationally recognized for a landmark decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in 2012 that approved the utility land transfer. The lands are owned and managed by the Conservancy for the public benefit and are open to the public for hiking, fishing, bird watching, and education.
These land transfers support a regional Conservation Initiative developed by PA DCNR to conserve a greenway corridor of river lands along the Lower Susquehanna River known as the Susquehanna Riverlands. The Susquehanna Riverlands were recognized by PADCNR as worthy of protection and enhancement for the public benefit. This initiative has received broad support from federal, state, and local agencies, government, non-profits, businesses, and individuals and was funded by millions of dollars in grants from PA DCNR, The Conservation Fund, Lancaster and York Counties, and private donors.
Lancaster County Conservancy is the lead organization in the Susquehanna Riverlands along the Lower Susquehanna River. The Conservancy exists because clean air, fresh water, and wild places are vital to every generation. We are committed to creating a strong and lasting relationship between our community and the natural environment resulting in protection, conservation and education.
For more information visit www.lancasterconservancy.org