Pennsylvania State Game Land Dedicated To Flight 93 Victims Expands Protection
August 30, 2011
Flight 93 Memorial. Photo by Jeff Kubina/Flickr
Shanksville, Pa. — Today the Pennsylvania Game Commission and The Conservation Fund celebrated the acquisition of a 56.8-acre property within the Flight 93 National Memorial boundary. Located adjacent to Route 30 near the Memorial entrance, the tract will become part of State Game Land 93, which was established in 2006 to preserve the natural setting and viewshed around the park. The property will be managed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission for recreation, including public hunting activities, and for the protection of wildlife habitat and open space.
“This State Game Land was designated number 93 in honor of Flight 93’s heroes,” said Carl G. Roe, Game Commission executive director. “Our Wildlife Conservation Officers were some of the first responders to the scene on Sept. 11, 2001. Therefore, we are proud to have a role in this important national project and to help continue the commemoration of the sacrifice that these men and women made in defense of their country and fellow Americans. May God bless their souls and families, and may their actions inspire generations of Americans to come.”
Dedicated in July 2010 in honor of the 40 passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 who prevented terrorists from reaching their intended destination on Sept. 11, 2001, State Game Land 93 currently encompasses 665 acres in Somerset County. The 56.8-acre parcel was acquired last week from the Families of Flight 93, Inc., a non-profit organization established to assist in developing and sustaining a permanent memorial to the crew and passengers of United Airlines Flight 93.
“The Families are exceedingly pleased by The Conservation Fund’s tireless efforts to assure that lands we’ve acquired will now honor our lost loved ones in perpetuity,” said Families of Flight 93 vice president Patrick White. “We highly value our positive partnership with The Conservation Fund and appreciate its assistance to work with us and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to add substantial acreage to the existing State Game Land 93! Their collective efforts will reinforce the enduring recognition of our Heroes of Flight 93.”
Congress passed the Flight 93 Memorial Act in 2002, authorizing the creation of the Flight 93 National Memorial. Public and private partners have provided a significant portion of funding for the future park. Dedication of Phase I of the Memorial and a commemoration event will be held at the crash site near Shanksville during the 10th anniversary weekend.
“The National Park Service is pleased the Game Commission will be our partners on the northern boundary of the Flight 93 Memorial,” said Keith Newlin, general superintendant of Western Pennsylvania Parks. “The Commission and the Service have cooperated at other parks in western Pennsylvania and our missions although not identical are compatible. We commend The Conservation Fund in their role in holding and facilitating the transfer.”
The Conservation Fund secured a sales agreement with the Families of Flight 93, assisted with due diligence and provided funds from the Richard King Mellon Foundation. Working on behalf of the National Park Service and the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the Fund has partnered with willing landowners to protect over 600 acres within the Flight 93 Memorial boundary and State Game Land 93.
“We will never forget the bravery and sacrifice of the passengers on United Flight 93, and so our efforts on behalf of the Families of Flight 93, the Flight 93 Federal Advisory Commission, the Flight 93 Memorial Task Force, the local community and National Park Service to preserve the integrity of the hallowed ground in and around the crash site will continue,” said Todd McNew, Pennsylvania director of The Conservation Fund.
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In 2006, the Fund and the Pennsylvania Game Commission announced the establishment of State Game Lands 93 by protecting 100 acres located immediately north of the Flight 93 National Memorial. The Fund and our partners are ensuring that these lands are preserved in solemn… Read More