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Rice Easement

498 acres protected in 2006

Located in Tyrone Township, Perry County, a narrow frontage on PA-233 provides access to 498 acres of forested mountainland and a cabin on the Kittatinny Ridge. Further east, Sherman Creek divides the property from a 100-acre farm, also owned by Dr. Matthew Rice, but already eased by the Perry County Farmland Preservation Program. These east and west property lines lead south, climbing the mountain and joining near the ridge to form a triangular or wedge-shape. A small waterway named Stillhouse Hollow accumulates from mostly within the property, then parallels the primary access road to join Laurel Run 1000 yards upstream of its confluence with Sherman Creek.


Dr. Matthew Rice’s grandfather purchased a farm and mountainland near Landisburg in 1948. In 1979, as a young man, Matt bought roughly 10 acres adjacent to those tracts, including part of an island. He purchased another 355 acres adjoining on the mountain in 1993. In 1995, Matt accepted the 113-acre farm and 118 acres of mountain land across Sherman Creek from his father. Mr. Rice conveyed an agricultural preservation easement to Perry County for the farm in December of 2011. Shortly thereafter, he approached the Central PA Conservancy expressing his interest in preserving the 498 acres of mountainland by donation of a conservation easement.