Lower Macungie Township Purchases Campbell Tract

Conservation Easement Enhances Camp Olympic

Lower Macungie Township Purchases Campbell Tract

Luther R. Campbell, a longtime Lower Macungie resident and environmental enthusiast, passed away in October of 2016 leaving his 16.5-acre property to Wildlands Conservancy through a conservation easement. The property, situated at the intersection of Cedar Crest and Lower Macungie Road, is especially significant for containing a spring, which acts as a major source for the Little Lehigh.

Just two months later, in December 2016, Lower Macungie Township officially purchased this parcel from Wildlands with the intention of expanding Camp Olympic. Campbell, who praised the township’s 2007 decision to purchase the former youth camp, would be proud to know he has enhanced not only the acreage, but also the value of this treasured community space. (Read Campbell’s letter to the Morning Call.)

“This represents a partnership between Lower Macungie Township and Wildlands Conservancy to work towards our mutual goals for land preservation.” Says Sarah Pandl, director of planning and community development at the township “The Campbell Tract will make a great addition to Camp Olympic and offers opportunities for more passive recreational, environmental education and creek access there.”

Conservation easements are a binding legal agreement between a landowner and land trust that allows a property to remain in private ownership of a family while permanently protecting the land’s character and resources for future generations. Wildlands’ role is to hold and safeguard the conservation easement document, and its intent, along with regularly monitoring the easement property to protect its conservation values.

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