Shikellamy State Park Dedicates Key Land Acquisitions in Union County

Selinsgrove, PA - The Department of Conservation and Natural Resource's Secretary Cindy Adams
Dunn today joined local and other state officials, and supporters of Shikellamy State Park in the
dedication of two key park acquisitions preserving a scenic overlook along the Susquehanna
River.

Spearheaded by the Merrill W. Linn Land and Waterways Conservancy, acquisition of the two
tracts totaling almost 120 acres doubles the size of Shikellamy overlook, while protecting the
last remnant of Shikellamy Bluffs and enabling the Bureau of State to expand recreational
opportunities at the state park on the Union-Northumberland county line.

“Looking out from this incredible vantage point, you get a panoramic view of the natural beauty
of land and waterway that blesses our life in Pennsylvania,” DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams
Dunn told dedication attendees gathered on the overlook. “You also get a solid lesson in what
can be accomplished when so many work so hard to protect our lands and rivers.”

Dunn commended efforts of former owners, the Merrill W. Linn Land and Waterways
Conservancy, Susquehanna Greenways, Union County Board of Commissioners, and the county’s planning office in the acquisition of two privately-owned land parcels formerly known as the McGinnis and Rozyckie properties.

“A primary threat to Shikellamy State Park is the residential development of surrounding property by local developers,” the secretary noted. “This acquisition preserves open space, a cliff that supports habitat for species of special concern and spectacular views of the Susquehanna River, both its west and north branches, and the valley.”

Noting the intrinsic value of the park and Susquehanna River to the area’s residents and economy, Dunn pointed out that it had been less than a year since DCNR named a section of
the park Kury Point, in honor of former State Sen. Franklin Kury who actively opposed any
degradation of the Susquehanna.

“Just as that event honored a man who fought for clean water, dedication of these two land
tracts celebrates the collaborative spirit that saw so many parties come together to preserve and protect the overlook as part of Shikellamy State Park,” Dunn said.

Acquisition and protection of the land parcels had long been a priority of the Merrill W. Linn
Land and Waterways Conservancy and its affiliate, Buffalo Creek Watershed Alliance (BCWA),
which work to preserve and protect ecologically significant sites in Union, upper
Northumberland, and contiguous counties, and to educate the public on conservation issues
critical to the environment.

“Sincere thanks go out to our many partners and supporters,” said conservancy President
Susan Warner Mills, speaking at today’s dedication. “Accomplishments and celebrations such
as this should help remind all of us how lucky we are -- as organizations and as individuals -- to
be part of this spectacular Susquehanna Valley community we call home.”

The propertie's open fields, forested land, and 360-foot-cliff-face provide valuable habitat for
mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds. Protection of the property’s forest is in accordance
with the goals of both the Union County Comprehensive Plan and the Chesapeake Executive
Council’s directive on protecting forests.

The 218-acre Shikellamy State Park is in Union and Northumberland counties. Located on the
southern tip of Packers Island at the confluence of the West Branch and North Branch
Susquehanna River, the 54-acre main park offers access to walking and biking trails, picnic
grounds, the Shikellamy Marina and boat launch, and the newly-dedicated Kury Point
observation area.

Media Contact: Terry Brady, DCNR, 717-705-2225; tbrady@pa.gov