HAWLEY - An additional 50 acres in Pike County is now permanently conserved and is protecting clean water and wildlife habitat.

Tri-Angle Farm is home to beautiful 150-year-old apple and pear trees—the remaining part of the orchard on the farm when it belonged to its original owners, the Angle family.

“Over the last 24 years, the diversity and the beauty of the land has inspired the present owners to permanently protect this special property,” said Bethany Keene, Delaware Highlands Conservancy.

Protects Dingmans Creek

Now, most of the property is forested, with a mixture of hemlocks, oaks, and maple trees providing important habitat for a variety of wildlife, from songbirds to white-tailed deer, bears, and small mammals. The hemlocks provide important shade over the stream that runs through the property—a tributary of Dingmans Creek, whose clean waters flow directly into the Delaware River and is designated as a high quality cold water fishery for the habitat it provides for trout.

Most importantly, the property is adjacent to the 70,000-acre Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and close to the Delaware State Forest. This protected property now helps to create a corridor of unbroken, protected habitat which is important for the safe nesting and migration of birds and wildlife.

If this property was not protected, it would likely have been developed into at least three dozen residential lots, and the cutting of forestland would have significantly impacted the water quality in Dingmans Creek.

Meaningful gift

“The owners chose to donate this conservation easement to the Conservancy—a generous and meaningful gift that will ensure that no matter who owns this property, now or in the future, it will forever remain protected,” Keene said.

Funding to cover the costs of the transaction was provided by the Pike County Scenic Rural Character Preservation Program and the William Penn Foundation.

The Delaware Highlands Conservancy works with landowners and communities to protect the natural heritage and quality of life of the Upper Delaware River region.  For more information, please call 570-226-3164, 845-583-1010, or send an email to info@delawarehighlands.org.