Trail opens as conservation group eyes network

Daily Local News –  ribbon-cutting ceremony last month celebrated the opening of the new Pickering Creek Trail in West Pikeland Township. For the West Pikeland Land Trust, in was another big step toward its ultimate aspiration.

“Our end-goal is to conserve properties and have them be people-friendly for the residents of West Pikeland and elsewhere,” said West Pikeland Land Trust board vice-president Michael Groman. “We are securing public access to trails, and we’re trying to create a comprehensive public trail system that connects the open spaces, natural resources, prime agricultural lands and historic features of the township.”

The West Pikeland Land Trust was created in 1999, as building encroached on the area.

“That was a time when development pressures started to peak, and there was a lot of concern about losing the quality of life in West Pikeland,” Groman said. “There were quite a few residents who owned farms and were talking to the township about what they could do to preserve their properties.”

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