Beaver Run acreage protected in PA
December 12, 2012 —
PORTER TOWNSHIP, PA — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy and Beaver Run Hunting and Fishing Club on December 10 celebrated the protection of the 857-acre, natural resource-rich property in southern Pike County.
With funds from PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Pike County’s Scenic Rural Character Preservation Program, and the Common Waters Fund, the Beaver Run property is now protected with a conservation easement held by the Delaware Highlands Conservancy.
Protecting the Beaver Run property has been a model of cooperative effort between the private club, the nonprofit Delaware Highlands Conservancy and county and state agencies, the Pike County Commissioners, the Scenic Rural Character Preservation Program and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
“DCNR is excited about the permanent protection of this important property,” said DCNR Secretary Richard Allan. “DCNR is one among many partners who came to the table to provide the funding and do the legwork necessary to assure this 857 acres and all its natural assets are conserved.”
The secretary noted “a conservation easement on the property provides for public trails and the protection of wetlands and clean water sources important to millions of people. The effective use of tax dollars through county funds and state grants like the Keystone Recreation, Park, and Conservation Fund enabled the protection of the property. The work of all the organizations involved along with the club demonstrates how this kind of public-private partnership is good for all Pennsylvanians.”
The Beaver Run property, made up of healthy forests and exceptionally clean waters, is home to native brook trout, eagles, beaver, otters, and other wildlife.
The water on the property, like Bushkill Creek, is filtered by its forests and eventually reaches the Delaware River, the clean water source for millions of people in New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia.
“We thank DCNR and Pike County,” affirms Conservancy Board President, Greg Belcamino, “for working together with us and the Club to protect the important natural assets of the Beaver Run property. This project represents the best in conservation. Protecting Beaver Run has benefits far beyond its borders. The property is adjacent to state forestlands, so its protection creates a contiguous block of forest great for wildlife and biodiversity, and water quality. Along with Club members who will keep their lands conserved for future generations, the whole community benefits.”