Celebrating Public Lands – A Look Back at the Flynn Acquisition

At the end of the month, the National Park Service is turning 100 years old.  While your support of NPC hasn’t resulted in any acreage being added to National Parks it has resulted in over 6,000 acres being added to Pennsylvania’s State Forests, State Game Lands, some acreage going to a municipal park, and another conservation organization maintaining a property for public recreational use.

Flynn (1)The Flynn Acquisition is 636 acres in Sullivan County. NPC’s members helped NPC acquire this property in 1993 and transfer it to the Bureau of Forestry for inclusion in what is now the Loyalsock State Forest in 1994.

Bordering Worlds End State Park on both sides of Loyalsock Creek, this large property was owned by an estate. The property was to be auctioned as part of the estate’s settlement.

The property didn’t just border the park; it was also partially surrounded by land of the Loyalsock State Forest. Part of the watershed of a small stream, High Flynn (copy - b)Rock Run, is also on the property as are steep sidehills that are part of the scenic viewshed from the park. Over a mile of the Loyalsock Trail, a popular hiking trail, passes through the property.

With the support of NPC’s members, at the auction NPC was the high bidder for this important property.