The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) announced yesterday, that in working in partnership with federal, state and local partners, they've recently protected 840 acres of forested land on South Mountain in Cumberland County (known as the White Rocks) near Boiling Springs, PA.
The parcels will be acquired by the U.S. federal government (National Park Service), for permanent protection of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. The purchase will protect open space and wildlife habitat, enhance the Appalachian Trail experience and provide protection to critical groundwater recharge areas that feed residential use in the valley and the cold water fishery of the Yellow Breeches Creek. Total project cost is $3.2 million.
Funding for this land conservation project came from the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key 93), and local private contributions.