Yokel Property_123_webaddThe Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has permanently protected two important natural areas, conserving a total of 87 acres in Butler and Somerset counties this month.

On June 17, 39 acres adjacent to the Conservancy’s 202-acre Wolf Creek Narrows Natural Area, a site known for its spectacular display of wildflowers along its hiking trail, were protected. This purchase is the fifth addition to the Conservancy’s Wolf Creek Narrows Natural Area in Slippery Rock Township, Butler County, since its original acquisition in 1979. The property features forestland, a priority stream and habitat for a number of species. There also are plans, contingent on funding, to construct a new trail. View the full press release on our website.

The Conservancy has also protected approximately 48 acres near the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) Trail in Upper Turkeyfoot Township, Somerset County. The property, which fronts a portion of the Casselman River, protects wildlife habitat and forested views along the GAP, one of the Laurel Highlands’ top recreational and tourist attractions. Kayakers and canoeists can view and experience the conserved property via the six-mile-long Casselman River Water Trail. The Conservancy has an established history in and commitment to protecting land in the Laurel Highlands, with nearly 83,000 acres conserved since 1951.