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Acres
County
Year
Project

Woodring Farm

81
Elk
2014
Land Protection
 

photo credit to PA Game Commission

The property is on 81 acres of prime elk habitat on Winslow Hill Road and is on both sides of the road.  It will expand SGL 311 and the RMEF contributed $100,000 towards its purchase from private ownership.  The house will be used as an office by the PGC.  The upper portion offers a 180 degree view of the heart of PA’s elk range and many elk frequent this property.

Directions
From state Route 555 in Benezette, turn onto Front Street, then turn right onto Winslow Hill Road. Follow Winslow Hill Road approximately 2.6 miles.  Address is 2792 Winslow Hill Road, Benezette, PA  15821.

 


 
Acres
County
Year
Project

Kettle Creek

1,378
Clinton
2006
Land Protection
 

Surrounded by the 300,000-acre Sproul State Forest in northern Pennsylvania, the Kettle Creek Property encompasses close to ½ mile of Kettle Creek and ¾ mile along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River. Elk, deer, bears, turkeys, small game and a variety of avian and terrestrial predators make extensive use of the property. It lies in the eastern part of Pennsylvania's elk range. In 1998 the state began trapping and transporting some 80 elk to Clinton County over a three year period. The Kettle Creek property factored heavily into the decision to release elk on the Sproul State Forest because of its high habitat quality, and a soft-release holding pen was located less than a mile away. Elk continue to use the property today. Reclaimed strip-mines on the property provide openings that grow forage sought by elk and other wildlife. The site has at least one area of acid mine discharge into the Kettle Creek and West Branch drainages, so the Elk Foundation plans to cooperate with the state and Trout Unlimited on a clean up project. The Foundation has arranged to convey this property to the state to become part of the Sproul State Forest.

Driftwood Branch II
160
Cameron
2005
Land Protection

  

Elk reservation

Lying adjacent to the Elk State Forest, the Driftwood Branch II acquisition permanently protects 160 acres of mountainous, wooded winter range for 50-60 elk, white-tailed deer, turkeys, grouse and other wildlife. The property's south-facing slopes melt off early, providing much-needed forage in late winter. The Elk Foundation plans to eventually convey the parcel to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) for inclusion in the Elk State Forest. The state will manage the property to attract elk onto public lands and away from private property to reduce current elk-human conflicts. This acquisition complements the 376.5-acre Driftwood Branch I acquisition, which the Elk Foundation purchased in February 2004 with a matching long-term plan for the property. Both properties lie within the Elk Scenic Drive corridor and the Pennsylvania Wilds, and were prime land for development.    

East Hicks Run
512
Cameron
2004
Land Protection
 

Elk reservation

The property is located in north central Pennsylvania, approximately 80 miles north of State College, in Cameron County, Gibson Township. The property was the last riparian tract needed by the Elk State Forest to protect the Hicks Run watershed. The Elk Foundation purchased the next to the last tract, the Kraulick tract (or "Hicks Run" property) a 210-acre tract in lower Hicks Run in 1998 and conveyed it to the Elk State Forest. This tract borders the Elk State Forest and State Game Lands 014 on the north, and the Elk State Forest on the west and south. The tract borders a large timbered tract on the east owned by Forest Investment Associates, Inc. that is currently leased for hunting. This property has been the highest priority for acquisition by the Elk State Forest for many years but until now, was not available for sale. The property contains two trout streams, East Hicks Run and Whippoorwill Hollow. Traditionally 30-50 elk spend a portion of the winter months on this property during moderate to severe winters.    

PA Elk County Visitor Center
245
Elk
2004
Land Protection


  

Elk reservation

The Winslow Hill property lies near Benezette in Elk County, Pennsylvania, in the heart of Pennsylvania elk country. The Elk Foundation acquired the 245-acre parcel in September 2004. The property is valuable and unique in that it has never been strip-mined. Much of Winslow Hill has been mined and therefore contains excellent elk habitat. The property harbors both good soil and good water resources--a commodity in this region. By many accounts, this was one of the best parcels of private land remaining in Benezette Township.

Driftwood Branch I
376
Cameron
2004
Land Protection
 

Elk reservation

The 376.5-acre Driftwood Branch property in Cameron County, Pennsylvania, is nestled between two creek drainages, with south facing slopes that melt off early, providing much-needed, late-winter forage for wildlife, including about 5O elk. The Driftwood Branch of the Sinnemahoning Creek runs along the eastern boundary of the property, providing habitat for smallmouth bass, rock bass and trout. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, partnering with Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources purchased the property with the intent of conveying it to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Forestry to become an addition to the 200,000-acre Elk State Forest. The acquisition opens the door for management and enhancement efforts designed to increase and improve habitat on the property, thereby boosting elk use and numbers. In June 2004, the Elk Foundation and its partners, including the Sinnemahoning Sportsmen's Association, limed, seeded, and fertilized a 20-acre recently timbered site on the property. In addition, the project provides opportunities for public elk viewing due to its many scenic vistas and proximity to established trail systems.

The Gilbert
175
Elk
2000
Land Protection
 

Elk reservation

New Garden
4042
Clinton
1998
Land Protection
 

Elk reservation

Hick's Run
217
Cameron
1996
Land Protection


  

Elk reservation

State Game Lands #311
1359
Elk
1991
Land Protection
 

Elk reservation