In 2023, NPC had the opportunity to work with a sportsman committed to doing his part through the conservation of his 64-acre property in Columbia County. The landowner grew up hunting in the Berwick area, and through friendly connections had the opportunity to hunt this particular plot of land on Knob Mountain Road in Briar Creek Township over the years. Sitting at the base of Knob Mountain, this stretch of land acts as a highway for white-tailed deer, turkey, bear, and other wildlife. As the landowner explains it, the neighboring farmland is the “refrigerator”, the mountain to the north is the “bedroom,” and the property serves as the “hallway,” connecting the habitat for the wildlife to roam. So when the property came up for sale in 2004, he jumped at the opportunity to call this piece of woodland his own.
He quickly set to work stewarding the land and enhancing the wildlife habitat. He worked with a forester to develop and implement a forest management plan, collaborated with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to create wetlands, installed nesting boxes, conducted timber stand improvement activities, built brush piles for wildlife, and planted trees.
Knowing that he wanted to conserve the wildlife habitat for generations to enjoy beyond his lifetime, he thought back to a conversation he had with NPC Executive Director, Renee’ Carey, nearly 15 years ago. At that time, the landowner was a member of the Fishing Creek Sportsmen's Association. The Association worked with NPC to establish conservation easements to ensure public access to Fishing Creek. With that positive experience in mind, the landowner reached out to NPC to explore donating his land into a conservation easement with NPC as well.
Fast forward to December of 2023, the ‘Knob Mountain’ conservation easement is officially a part of the landowner and NPC’s legacies!