The Keystone Elk Country Alliance recently completed its first permanent land protection project -- a nine-acre tract located adjacent to the Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette Township, Elk County, Pa.
The property consists of white pine and hemlock with mixed oak and hickory overstory, and has two small streams which merge on the property and flow into the Bennett’s Branch of the Susquehanna River.
DCNR’s Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said about the project: “Hats off to the Keystone Elk Country Alliance, and its completion of this invaluable land protection project adjoining the Elk Country Visitor Center.
“Just as the majestic elk has emerged as an icon of what is truly wild in the Pennsylvania Wilds, the center and its surrounding land is recognized as a vital portal to all those who come to see and appreciate the largest wild elk herd in the Northeastern United States.”
Proceeds from KECA’s Elk Tag Raffle were used to purchase this property, which will remain titled to KECA.(Reprinted from the April 5 DCNR Resource newsletter. Click Here to sign up for your own copy.)