March 9, 2009

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More land preserved in Pike County

MILFORD – Pike County has received a grant of $1,304,392 the acquisition of 708 acres of land on Cummins Hill, known as the Polatnick Property. The family will keep approximately 100 acres of the property.

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will own the property and it will become part of state lands. A conservation easement will go on the property. The land may eventually be used for trails and hiking paths.

Pike County Preservation Planner, Jessica Grohmann, also announced, at last week’s Pike County Commissioners’ meeting, that for 2009 Pike County received an allocation of $225,970 from the state to assist in the purchase of agricultural conservation easements through the Agricultural Land Preservation Program.

The commissioners added to this total by certifying $133,077 in January to the PA Department of Agriculture for use in the County’s Agriculture Land Preservation Program. The Pike County SRCP Program put up $100,000. The remainder of the money was received from rollback tax interest from properties coming out of Clean and Green.

That gives Pike County a total of $359,047 for 2009 to be used in the ALP Program.   

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