ClearWater Conservancy Purchases Musser Gap, Centre County
The ClearWater Conservancy this week announced the purchase of the 423-acre Musser Gap for natural resource conservation from a private landowner who had planned to develop the property.
In early 2007, Musser Gap will be incorporated into
Musser Gap is part of the Tussey Mountain Important Bird Area, as designated by Pennsylvania Audubon and is adjacent to the Rothrock State Forest and Stone Mountain Important Bird Area, and is also within the one-year zone of contribution of the State College Borough Water Authority’s Harter and Thomas well fields, which supply drinking water to approximately 38,000 residents of the Centre Region.
Conserving Musser Gap protects vital water resources, important wildlife species, and treasured recreational opportunities for future generations. Mountain gaps serve as primary contributors to groundwater recharge in the Spring Creek Watershed. Additionally, any contamination introduced through these mountain gaps would quickly reach the groundwater aquifers that they feed.
The Conservancy extended a special thanks to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the State College Borough Water Authority, the Townships of Ferguson, Harris, Patton, College, and Halfmoon, the Borough of State College, and the Huplits Foundation for the significant financial contributions that made this land acquisition project possible.
According to Walt Ebaugh, volunteer campaign chair, “our Campaign for Conservation will raise the money we need take on the next large land conservation projects in the places that matter most in central
Other current conservation initiatives include the Scotia Barrens, the Spring Creek corridor, and several specific conservation easements on lands with important natural resource values.
To contribute to the Campaign for Conservation, please make checks payable to ClearWater Conservancy,
NewsClip: Conservancy Secures Musser Gap
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