Preservation of 65 Acres Along Tohickon Creek in Springfield Township
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Media, Pa. – Natural Lands Trust today announced that it has preserved 65 acres along the Tochikon Creek in Springfield Township, Bucks County through an agreement known as a conservation easement. The property includes acres of sugar maple forest and is important to protecting the Tohickon Creek Watershed.
“This property is one of first to be preserved in the upper part of the Tohickon Creek Watershed,” said Molly Morrison, president of Natural Lands Trust. “By protecting this land, we are protecting our water supply and are setting an example for future conservation efforts in this important area.”
“Natural Lands Trust thanks the landowner as well as the Bucks County Natural Areas Program for their commitment to conserving this land,” Morrison continued.
The newly preserved property is owned by Mary Creticos. Under the conservation easement, the land will remain privately owned but is permanently protected from future development.
Two-thirds of the land is covered by a forest of mature beech and sugar maple trees. The remaining third consists of fallow fields. The property is home to various species of native plants and wildlife, and contains a portion of the Tohickon Creek and three tributaries.
The Tohickon Creek is 29.5 miles long, starts in Springfield Township and is located entirely in Bucks County. The creek is a favorite among whitewater enthusiasts.
Preservation of the Creticos property was made possible by a grant from the Bucks County Natural Areas program and support from the landowner.
About Natural Lands Trust Natural Lands Trust is the region’s largest land conservation organization and is dedicated to protecting the forests, fields, streams, and wetlands that are essential to the sustainability of life in eastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. Natural Lands Trust owns and manages 40 nature preserves totaling nearly 21,000 acres, and holds conservation easements and other restrictions exceeding 19,000 acres. For more information, visit www.natlands.org.