Lancaster Conservancy announced two new acquisitions (this post adapted from their announcement from Lancaster Conservancy President Phil Wenger) totaling 85 acres–one bought at auction and the other under agreement for purchase early next year.

Photo by Mak Estill of the Conestoga Trail along the tributary to Hammer Creek at the de Perrot addition, Lancaster Conservancy.

77 key acres along the Conestoga Trail, on a tributary to Hammer Creek and Speedwell Forge Lake will expand the small adjacent and inaccessible de Perrot Nature Preserve to over 100 acres. At a purchase price of $1.9 million, this acquisition protects land along a major trail and a key tributary to Speedwell Forge Lake, while expanding an existing nature preserve near the rapidly growing Lititz area.

Photo by Nick Gould Photography of the forested streamside at Fishing Creek Nature Preserve, Lancaster Conservancy.

Last month they settled on an 8 acre tract of trees adjacent to their Fishing Creek Nature Preserve in Southern Lancaster County. Bought at auction for $56,000, they protected a property at risk of being timbered, threatening the water quality of this hemlock shaded trout stream.