Countryside Conservancy recently announced that 256 acres are now permanently protected from development at the base of Elk Mountain. The property remains privately owned and is not open to the public.
Through the generous donation of a conservation easement by B. Elliot and Kimberly D. Ross, these fields, forests and streams will always remain a natural part of the classic NEPA landscape. The next time you are swooshing down the Lehigh or shredding Slalom, enjoy looking out and knowing that view will be forever preserved.
What originally began with a 54-acre conservation easement donation by Donald and June Felley in 2008, grew by 202 acres on Dec. 30th as 2021 drew to a close. With a family history of conservation work in the area, this latest donation by the Rosses solidifies their legacy of environmental protection in Herrick Township.
At a time when pressure for development has never been greater, the conservation easement on the Ross land will ensure that a large swath of developable land will remain always green.
The Countryside Conservancy thanked Elliot and Kim Ross and attorney C.H. “Ty” Welles IV, for working diligently with the Conservancy to advance our efforts in the Elk Mountain area. Combined with the conservation easements previously granted by Carol Gargan and Joseph Franceski in Clifford Township, the Conservancy has protected a total of 440 acres around Elk Mountain.
If you would like to discuss options for adding your land to this growing legacy of conservation in Susquehanna County, or anywhere in/near the Tunkhannock Creek Watershed, please contact Countryside Conservancy Executive Director Bill Kern for more information at 570-945-6995.