Northcentral Pennsylvania is a special place, blessed with open spaces, abundant natural resources, and a remarkable history. As our region grows and changes, it is important to keep some of the special areas and undeveloped land for the future.
Landowners who want to keep their farmland, forests and open space available for future generations are facing difficult financial and conservation choices. These include sub-division, gas development, and federal income and estate taxes.
Many of these landowners have worked with the Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy (NPC) to implement land conservation and estate planning options that conserve their land and also make good financial sense.
NPC accepts conservation easement donations on working farms and forests within a twelve-county coverage area.
Sometimes properties with special conservation value become available for sale. NPC works to secure the future of these properties.
One example is the Cavanaugh Access. The 132 acres property’s ecological features include wetlands along Marsh Creek. The wetlands are extensive, fed by Canada Run, and close to wooded areas. This allows wildlife to use the wetlands and Creek by moving from the forest to the stream and wetlands and back. Marsh Creek is a major tributary to Pine Creek. The Bureau of Forestry plans to create a walking trail to allow people to see more of the wetlands, and hopefully see more wildlife.
Landowners interested in conserving their property should consult with the appropriate legal and tax advisors. Although NPC will work with the landowner toward income tax savings, NPC cannot guarantee tax savings.