Wildlands Permanently Protects 27 Acres in the Lehigh Valley

Acquired Lands Expands South Mountain Preserve to 400+ Acres

In late February 2020, Widlands Conservancy announced  the permanent protection of  27 acres, situated in Salisbury Township, Lehigh County. The recent acquisition will expand its Emmaus-based South Mountain Preserve to 402 acres.

“South Mountain is the mountain that gave rise to our mission more than 40 years ago,” says Christopher Kocher, president of Wildlands. “Everyday citizens knew the mountain mattered, and they formed a community of support to protect it forever, and today their generous legacy continues to help us protect the open spaces that are precious and remaining, right here at home.”

Located at the base of South Mountain Preserve in an area that is vulnerable to encroaching development, the permanent protection of these 27 acres preserves mature forest and diverse vegetation that are essential for improved water quality and sustained wildlife habitat.

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Thanks to our Partners & Giving Community

Wildlands acknowledges the support of its giving community, especially the Pennsylvania Department of Natural Resources, along with private donations, for funding the acquisition of this property from and in cooperation with the Rogers family.

About South Mountain Preserve

South Mountain is among Wildlands’ first land acquisitions, dating back to 1976. The preserve helped set in motion the permanent protection of more than 55,000 acres throughout the Lehigh Valley and Lehigh River watershed. It stands today as one of nine nature preserves owned and managed by the land trust – a locally storied property among an inventory that is presently growing. South Mountain boasts woodland trails, pronounced rocky outcroppings and unique vistas in an otherwise developed landscape. It is considered part of the 750-acre Robert Rodale Reserve.

Images of the 27-Acre Acquisition