More natural land along the Passage

Land trust expands conservation area near Yough

Part of the beauty of the Great Allegheny Passage is that much of the land adjacent to the trail is protected, that is, it will remain wild and natural.  

The most significant example of this is Ohiopyle State Park.  From the east, when you cross the first bridge over the Youghiogheny River at Confluence you are in the park until Connellsville, PA, over 30 miles.  The forests, river, occassional open field, and other habitats will remain just that, forest, river and field.  

It means that today you can enjoy the cool shade of a north-facing mixed forest in the depths of the Laurel Ridge Water Gap, and you will be able to do the same in 10, 20, 50, 100 years.  

There are other protected lands along the Passage.  The news clip below announces the addition to Deadman's Hollow between Boston, PA and McKeesport, PA. 

Paul g Wiegman

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Allegheny Land Trust has acquired a steep 40 acres along the Youghiogheny River and Great Allegheny Passage that will be added to its existing 400-acre Dead Man's Hollow Conservation Area in Elizabeth, Lincoln and Liberty.

The new property, which drops 400 feet to the Youghiogheny River and was acquired for $60,000, is located in the Dead Man's Hollow watershed, identified in the Allegheny County Natural Heritage Inventory as one of the county's most significant Biological Diversity Areas.

Together with the land trust's first acquisition in Dead Man's Hollow, the wooded land is the largest privately protected conservation area in Allegheny County. Since it began in 1993, the Allegheny Land Trust has protected more than 1,415 acres in 20 municipalities in Allegheny County.

First published on November 8, 2008 at 12:00 am

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