Prime frontage on French Creek has been protected through a partnership between French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust and East Pikeland Township, the trust announced.

A conservation easement has been placed on a 16-acre property with 1,700 feet of streambank frontage. Owned by John Massaro, the purchase of the easement with township open-space funds was the second project to close in 2011 through this municipal-conservancy collaboration. The Latshaw Farm was protected earlier this year.

A public-access, non-motorized trail on the Massaro parcel will create a link to township-owned land on the north side of the creek, already a popular destination for hikers and nature enthusiasts. Several East Pikeland conservation projects are planned for 2012.