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Two Year Land Conservation Effort At Michaux State Forest Completed

The Conservation Fund has announced the transfer of the 2,500-acre Tree Farm #1 property in Hamiltonban Township, Adams County, to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, completing a two-year partnership involving federal, state, and local governments, private organizations and the citizens of Adams County. The property is now part of the Michaux State Forest.
            “We sincerely thank all of the partners for their steadfast support for this project over the past two years,” said Todd McNew, Pennsylvania state director of The Conservation Fund. “This demonstrates Pennsylvanians’ strong commitment to preserving our natural legacy for current and future generations.”
            “The 85,000-acre Michaux State Forest is one of the largest intact forests between Harrisburg and Washington, D.C. We are thrilled to add the Tree Farm property to our system, particularly in an area that faces great pressure from development,” DCNR Secretary John Quigley said. “At the direction of Gov. Rendell, in recent years we have added 75,000 acres to our system, already among the top five in the country in the amount of state forest acreage. The forest products industry is important to the local economy, and this project ensures the Tree Farm #1 will continue to provide economic benefits to Adams County.”
            Secretary Quigley added that the Tree Farm acquisition is an important accomplishment for the South Mountain Conservation Landscape Initiative, which is working to promote economic growth and revitalize local communities based on the abundance of recreational, agriculture and heritage tourism opportunities in Adams, Cumberland, Franklin and York counties.


5/31/2010

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