State Game Lands 93: Honoring The Heroes Of Flight 93
Flight 93 National Memorial. Photo by Jeff Kubina/Flickr
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 tribute to the 40 brave Americans who lost their lives near rural Shanksville, Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001.
State Game Lands 93 opened to the public in September 2006, and is managed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission for recreation, including public hunting activities, and for the protection of wildlife habitat and open space. The property serves as a land buffer for the planned entrance to the Flight 93 National Memorial and will help delineate the park’s northern boundary. The land was purchased from the Berwind Natural Resources Corporation. Public and private partners, including the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the McCune Revolving Fund, National Park Service and Richard King Mellon Foundation helped with the acquisition of the land.
In 2002, Congress passed the Flight 93 Memorial Act authorizing the creation of the Flight 93 National Memorial. The Flight 93 temporary memorial, located at the crash site near rural Shanksville, Pennsylvania, in Somerset County, already attracts more than 130,000 visitors annually.
Since then, both public and private partners, including the Fund, have provided a significant portion of funding for the park. Working on behalf of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the Fund will continue its efforts to partner with willing landowners to protect key parcels as additions to State Game Lands 93. The Game Commission approved three parcels totaling approximately 300 acres in 2006 and additional 96 acres was donated by CONSOL Energy to the Fund in September 2007.