Natural Lands Trust today announced that it has added 14.5 acres to its Peacedale Preserve in Franklin Township, expanding the nature preserve to cover more than 221 acres.
"When it comes to land conservation every single acre counts," said Molly Morrison, president of Natural Lands Trust. "Like Peacedale Preserve, many of our largest nature preserves are the result of preserving adjacent land, one parcel at a time."
Natural Lands Trust purchased the property from Bob and Susan Schulz with support from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Chester County Preservation Partnership Program, and Franklin Township. The property is entirely wooded and includes a tributary of Big Elk Creek. "We are grateful to Natural Lands Trust, the county, and Franklin Township for helping us to realize our dream of preserving our property, forever," said Bob Schulz.
Peacedale Preserve is one of Natural Lands Trust's newest preserves and includes two streams that flow into Big Elk Creek, which in turn leads to the Chesapeake Bay. The property also includes vast expanses of woodlands and hayfields, some of which will be converted to native grass meadows in the coming years.