On Saturday, September 15th, over 80 people from Cumberland County and beyond gathered to celebrate Central Pennsylvania Conservancy’s (CPC) acquisition of the Letort Spring Garden Preserve. The day included speeches, a ribbon-cutting ceremony, tours of the property, and a meal at the 1880s-era timberframe barn to celebrate the long-awaited acquisition.

“The Letort is iconic, not just to anglers, but to naturalists across the state for its wild and clean-flowing properties,” said DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. “All those gathered here today share in this notable accomplishment.”

Held on the preserve between the upper and lower beds where the stream crosses the property, the dedication showcased the natural beauty and historical importance of this site. Many individuals expressed their excitement about the acquisition and their connection to the property, and it became clear what a central role this land has played for local residents past, present, and future. Guests attended guided tours led by CPC staff and volunteers to explore the history, ecology, and recreational aspects of the newly protected preserve. As part of the dedication, CPC was presented the 2018 Watershed Protection Award by Cumberland County’s Conservation District Board Chair, Wilbur Wolf.

As one participant observed, “It was a joy to see many folks hiking, fishing, and biking their way to the event with lots of smiles and enthusiasm for the project.”