July 23, 2018

Nature Preserve Land Added To Michaux State Forest

ADAMS COUNTY, Pa. — Today Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve and The Conservation Fund announced the transfer of 560 acres to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Bureau of Forestry.

Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve donated 80 acres and sold an additional 480 acres to ensure habitat protection, recreational access, and permanent stewardship of the Swamp Creek watershed. The Conservation Fund provided transactional support. Strawberry Hill will use the proceeds from the sale to support environmental education programing at its 30-acre campus. 

The land will be managed as part of Michaux State Forest, connecting the forest’s northern and southern sections and providing a southern gateway to visitors.

The conservation effort was made possible with funding from DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, NRG Energy, and the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds.

A ribbon cutting celebration will be held on Monday, August 27, at 10 a.m. at Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve.

About The Conservation Fund
At The Conservation Fund, we make conservation work for America. By creating solutions that make environmental and economic sense, we are redefining conservation to demonstrate its essential role in our future prosperity. Top-ranked for efficiency and effectiveness, we have worked in all 50 states since 1985 to protect eight million acres of land, including more than 106,000 acres of beloved natural lands across Pennsylvania.

About Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve
Strawberry Hill fosters educational activities that connect our community with the cultural and natural resources of the South Mountain Region. Annually, we welcome more than 10,000 visitors to our protected watershed for a variety of educational, cultural and recreational programs. As the only non-profit environmental education center in Adams County, Strawberry Hill has been teaching, inspiring and promoting environmental stewardship for more than 30 years. www.strawberryhill.org


Ann Simonelli | The Conservation Fund | 703-908-5809 | asimonelli@conservationfund.org
Kara Ferraro | Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve |717-642-5840 | kferraro@strawberryhill.org