Paper Mill Road Woods Forest Legacy Project

 

Paper Mill Road Woods Forest Legacy Project
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Paper Mill Road Woods Forest Legacy Project
Paper Mill Road Woods Forest Legacy Project
Paper Mill Road Woods Forest Legacy Project
Project Paper Mill Road Woods Forest Legacy Project
Project Location Montgomery County
Size

66 acres

Type of Project

Fee-simple acquisition of land

Total Project Cost

$2,050,000

Status

Agreement of sale signed; contract expires December 31, 2006. Purchase pending funding.

Funds Needed

$1,025,000

Funds Raised

$1,025,000

Status

Agreement of sale signed; contract expires December 31, 2006. Purchase pending funding.

Project Sponsors

Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust

Final Ownership

Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust

Project Needs

The remaining $1,025,000 to complete the project would provide for:
1) acquisition funds of $1 million, and
2) transaction costs (including surveys and subdivision expenses) of $25,000.
 

Final Ownership

Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust

Project Overview

High quality natural areas for preservation and public recreation in heavily developed southeastern Pennsylvania are scarce and increasingly precious. The Paper Mill Road Woods project is critically important for this reason. The forest, consisting of 66 acres divided between Lower Moreland and Bryn Athyn Borough in Montgomery County, is a high priority for protection in both municipalities' open space plans. The area is a key component of the natural area greenway that Montgomery County has designated along the Pennypack Creek. Paper Mill Road Woods is completely surrounded by other lands already protected by the Pennypack Trust. The property is appraised at $7.3 million, but the owner is offering it to the Pennypack Trust for $2 million - an incredible bargain sale.

Project Benefits

The project boundaries encompass the watersheds of two small, high-quality tributaries of Pennypack Creek and a 15 acre grove of ancient beech and oak trees. In addition, while the woods are worthy of protection in and of themselves for their scenic and ecological value, their location is key: the woods form the eastern border of the proposed Newtown Greenway, a rails-to-trails project long championed by Montgomery County. Should this suspended rail line be converted into a trail as proposed, thousands of trail users each year will have access to these woods to enjoy their scenic and recreational values.