Elk Township and Brandywine Conservancy officials gathered, along with Chester County and state of Pennsylvania representatives, recently celebrated the preservation of the 162-acre Martin property, writes Steven Hoffman for the Chester County Press.
This picturesque property boasts beautiful woods and open fields that are home to vibrant wildlife and headwater tributaries to the Big Elk Creek.
It also makes an important connection to the Big Elk section of the White Clay Creek Preserve, expanding it significantly.
One of the major contributors to the preservation of the property was the state’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources with $754,300 in grant funds. Elk Township added more than $400,000 as well.
“I am grateful for the positive impact this acquisition, and the incredible work being done locally to help protect and expand public lands, will undoubtedly have in the future,” said DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn.
State Sen. Carolyn Comitta thanked DCNR for the investment.
“Every time we preserve our open spaces and watersheds, we’re supporting the constitutional right of all Pennsylvanians to clean air, pure water, and the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic, and esthetic values of the environment,” she said.
Read more about the property in the Chester County Press.