New Holland

 

New Holland
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New Holland
Project New Holland
Project Location Lancaster County
Type of Project

Land acquisition

Total Project Cost

$4,800,000

Funds Raised

$2,400,000

Funds Needed

$2,400,000

Project Sponsors

Lancaster County Conservancy

Final Ownership

Lancaster County conservancy

Size

873 acres

Final Ownership

Lancaster County Conservancy

Project Overview

A top priority area of the Highlands Coalition as well as Lancaster County Conservancy, the Welsh Mountains are one of Lancaster County's few remaining natural areas.  An area of wooded slopes and rock outcroppings, this land supports a diversity of plant and animal life. Protection of the New Holland lands would conserve one of the last large areas of contiguous forest in the county and would protect recreational assets as well. Public trails along the rugged ridgeline provide scenic vistas of Amish farmland in the valleys below.

Project Benefits

Completion of the New Holland acquisition would permanently protect acreage imperiled by recently proposed residential development, would create protected acreage adjoining Money Rocks County Park, and would provide important protections to key watershed resources including headwaters of high quality streams. Protection of this acreage would also protect the viewshed from the Conestoga Water Trail, as well as hiking trails through the woodlands.  The completion of this project would achieve one of the highest priority conservation goals of the federally designated four state Highland Region, the Lancaster County Green Infrastructure Plan, the Natural Heritage Inventory.