DCNR grants to enhance open space in Chester County

Submitted photoThe Little Elk Creek Crossing will benefit from a  $600,000 grant, which will support the acquisition of 182 acres in Elk Township that TLC will work to open as a new preserve.
Submitted photoThe Little Elk Creek Crossing will benefit from a $600,000 grant, which will support the acquisition of 182 acres in Elk Township that TLC will work to open as a new preserve.

Avondale >> The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County has received two Pennsylvania Community Conservation Partnerships Program grants from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources which will greatly enhance open space.

These DCNR funds were used to leverage Chester County Open Space grants and township open space funding to complete the projects.

The first grant, for $600,000, will help support the acquisition of 182 acres in Elk Township that TLC will work to open as a new preserve. The land encompasses over a mile of stream and approximately 100 acres of open space that will be managed for ground nesting bird habitat. The remaining lands consist of beautiful woodlands and the entire property will be made accessible for passive recreation such as hiking and horseback riding.

TLC hosts over 200 days of programming a year in the Kennett region and the Elk acquisition will allow TLC to host educational programming in the southern-most region of our service area. The Elk acquisition is ideally suited for TLC’s popular owl prowls and children’s programs such as Spring Break in Nature and Free Time Adventures. Over the next two years, TLC will complete the acquisition and devise a land management plan that ensures the long-term stewardship of the property.

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The second grant received was for $199,000 towards the acquisition of 23 acres in London Britain Township. The beautiful wooded lands encompass a stretch of the White Clay Creek, a nationally designated Wild and Scenic River. The lands are adjacent to the existing White Clay Creek Preserve and the future plans for the property include continuing the proper stewardship of the natural resources carried out by the current owner before eventually transferring the land to the State for inclusion in the White Clay Creek Preserve. Future visitors to the property will have the chance to see Great Blue Herons, Pileated Woodpeckers, beavers, foxes, and other native wildlife while enjoying the beautiful land.

TLC cannot conduct the work it does without the support of grant funders such as DCNR, Chester County, local townships, and area residents who believe in what we do. As we enter the season of giving, we want to say thank you to everyone who has supported and continues to support TLC’s mission including our members who support our day to day conservation efforts. Conservation of these and other lands serves to safeguard residents’ quality of life by helping protect air and water quality, the region’s scenic beauty we all love, and wildlife habitat for all the creatures with which we share the land.

TLC’s mission is to ensure the perpetual preservation and stewardship of open space, natural resources, historic sites, and working agricultural lands throughout Southern Chester County. The grants from DCNR support the acquisition of over 200 acres of land to both protect the natural resources and open the lands for passive recreation.

To learn more about TLC’s land conservation, historic preservation, environmental education programming, stewardship, and events or to become a member, please visit tlcforscc.org or call 610-347-0347.