Buchanan State Forest expands with new area

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Buchanan State Forest now covers 71,802 acres in Franklin, Fulton and Bedford counties following the addition of 119 forested acres in Southampton Township, Bedford County.

The new area has been protected and transferred to State Forest by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, which has added more than 2,300 acres to Buchanan State Forest since 2007.

A forest of oak, black birch, hickory, black gum and white pine is the newly conserved property located in the headwaters of Town Creek, which the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has designated as a high coldwater fishery. quality that offers fishermen the opportunity to fish for wild trout.

The new acreage borders Mt. Zion Road and improves public access to the forest for hiking, mountain biking, hunting and other forms of recreation, and improves access for forest management activities.

“We are delighted to protect this forest and add it to the state’s forest system,” said Tom Saunders, President and CEO of Conservation.

“There are many benefits when we protect the land and this property protects sensitive streams and streams, expands connected forests, and expands recreation in one of central Pennsylvania’s most natural and wild areas. “

The project was made possible by a grant from the family of B. Kenneth Simon.

The reserve protected over 200,000 acres which was transferred to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for state parks and state forests and to the Pennsylvania Game Commission for state game lands .

The 19 patches of Buchanan State Forest occupy the upper slopes in the southern portion of the Ridge and Valley region of Pennsylvania. Forests are generally mixed stands of oaks interrupted here and there by thickets of hemlock pine or red maple dominating cooler ravines.

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