CPC is actively pursuing its mission through the following projects in 2021 and 2022. We greatly appreciate your support in any amount to help us advance each one!
Spangler Addition to Boyd Big Tree Conservation Area
(58 acres, Dauphin Co.)
CPC’s recent closing of this “gap” in protection on the Kittatinny Ridge now provides continuous public access along the Blue Mountain ridgeline between Hocker Park and Boyd Big Tree Conservation Area. This bargain sale acquisition from the Spangler’s, who wanted to honor their family’s conservation legacy, will allow CPC to collaborate with Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club on trail improvements and stewardship efforts that promote healthy forest habitat prior to transfer to DCNR’s Boyd Big Tree Conservation Area.
Scott Farm–Peters Mountain Land Exchange
(Cumberland & Dauphin Cos.)
A land exchange between CPC and the National Park Service (NPS) will allow CPC to protect the historic Scott Farm from demolition, securing parking and access for the public, AT hikers, and operational space for the Keystone Trails Association and the Cumberland Valley Appalachian Trail Club. NPS will receive 162 acres along Peters Mountain that contains the Peters Mountain Shelter and buffers this section of the trail.
Crist Tract Addition to Brady Bryner Preserve
(36 acres, Juniata Co.)
In 1993, CPC accepted ownership of a 252-acre property on Herringbone Ridge in Juniata County, immediately west of Port Royal. CPC’s Brady Bryner Preserve is managed for its exemplary habitat. With a recent grant approved by DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2), and matched by private donor support, CPC will purchase a critical 36-acre inholding known as the Crist Tract to consolidate the preserve. The parcel includes a hardwood forest, a tributary to Tuscarora Creek, and is prime habitat for game species including turkey, deer, grouse, and bear.
Amberson Easement at Tuscarora Trail and Historic Catholic Path
(92 acres, Franklin Co.)
CPC will acquire a conservation easement at the nexus of the Tuscarora Trail and the historic Catholic Path on Rising Mountain. Offering a critical buffer to the Tuscarora State Forest and protecting forest habitat within the Kittatinny Landscape, this easement is positioned to become a sterling example of forest stewardship that the public will be able to experience and enjoy.
Kittatinny Ridge and South Mountain Conservation Landscape Protection
(target parcels located in Cumberland, Perry, and Franklin Counties)
CPC is protecting critical gaps along the Kittatinny Ridge in PA together with 6 other land trusts. Outreach efforts to landowners along the ridge in Franklin and Perry Counties intend to secure healthy forests, recreational opportunities, wildlife habitat, and water resources in PA’s most resilient landscape. In the South Mountain region, support from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Wild East Action Fund and Cumberland County is enabling CPC to launch outreach to landowners of high conservation value, forested acreage at the northern terminus of the South Mountain region.
Fort Halifax Park Partnership and Improvement Efforts
(173 acres, Dauphin Co.)
Protected in 2006 and transferred to Halifax Township, the property’s historic barn and farmhouse were at risk of being demolished last year. With the help of the Friends of Fort Halifax Park, demolition was avoided and now CPC is collaborating with the Township and the Friends group to support necessary improvements to the railroad crossing and to evaluate the building stabilization and restoration effort to better accommodate public access and use. CPC holds a conservation easement on the former farmstead.
Letort Spring Garden Preserve Improvement Initiative
With the preserve management plan complete, the first phase of improvements to CPC’s flagship preserve are underway. The 1881 historic bank barn and 1820’s springhouse are being restored, and other improvements include public access accommodations, interpretive signs, and ecological restoration.