SNP Trust acquires over 900 acres of woodlands in Page Co. to be donated to SNP in the future

Published: Feb. 5, 2021 at 4:13 PM EST
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LURAY, Va. (WHSV) — Over 900 acres of woodlands in Page County acquired by the Shenandoah National Park Trust will be donated to the Shenandoah National Park in the near future, a press release from the Shenandoah National Park Trust says.

The Shenandoah National Park Trust worked alongside the Commonwealth of Virginia and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through the DuPont Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration settlement to acquire the land.

According to a press release from the Shenandoah National Park Trust, the land was acquired from three different landowners, and it borders the Shenandoah National Park, the surrounding flanks and most of Chapman Mountain.

The press release says through this acquisition, a section of the West Branch of Naked Creek, which supports brook trout and other headwater fisheries, will be protected through this acquisition. The amount of land will provide habitat to black bears, migratory birds, bats and other wildlife.

“The Trust supports many worthy programs for the Park including contiguous land acquisition,” Greg Yates, chair of the Shenandoah National Park Trust, said in the press release. “We are excited that this land will be conserved and will always be a resource for the public.”

“Protecting lands within the South Fork Shenandoah River watershed through the DuPont settlement will help restore recreational opportunities lost to the legacy of mercury pollution and improve our waterways for future generations to enjoy,” said Matthew J. Strickler, Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources, in the press release.

The land will ultimately be donated to the National Park Service and become part of the Shenandoah National Park, the release says. Once donated, the National Park Service will assess and manage these tracts consistent with National Park Service management laws and policies.

The press release says the DuPont settlement provided the necessary funding for the acquisition.

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