DCNR Celebrates the Addition of the First State Park in Wyoming County

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​Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania — Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn joined a departmental celebration today for the addition of Vosburg Neck State Park in Wyoming County to the Pennsylvania system.

“DCNR is extremely pleased to welcome Vosburg Neck to the State Park System – Wyoming County’s first state park,” Dunn said. “I can’t wait to see the impact this beautiful new park will have in this region, as it will provide incredible new opportunities for outdoor recreation. Thank you to Governor Tom Wolf and state legislators who have supported this new park and the continued investment in our public lands.

Vosburg Neck is 669 acres and is being acquired with assistance from the North Branch Land Trust.

The park offers scenic hiking opportunities, including a climb to an impressive west-facing vista, pleasant walks along an old railroad bed, invigorating shared-use trails, and extensive public access. for water recreation at the North Branch of the Susquehanna River.

“The North Branch Land Trust is extremely pleased to have the Howland Preserve join Pennsylvania’s award-winning state park system,” said Christina Taylor, Chair of the North Branch Land Trust Board of Trustees. “We have been honored to protect and manage this uniquely beautiful property for almost 20 years. Now, we are proud to be part of this historic moment as Wyoming County receives its first state park. We are confident that the Howland Reserve will become an important destination and provide outdoor recreation opportunities for residents and visitors. »

Vosburg Neck, formerly known as Howland Preserve, joins Susquehanna Riverlands in York County and Big Elk Creek in Chester County as three new additions to Pennsylvania’s state park system, bringing the total number of state parks at 124.

The names are temporary, as final names for state parks will be decided during the planning process.

Including the addition of Washington Crossing to the state park system in 2016, Governor Wolf added four parks to the system during his eight years in office. That’s more than any governor has added in the past 40 years.

“What a great moment for all of the individuals and groups who advocated and worked tirelessly to have the first state park established in Wyoming County,” said Senator Lisa Baker. “This is a significant victory for conservation and recreation and reinforces the region’s reputation for its natural attractions and outdoor activities.”

In accordance with the state park selection process, each of the new locations has criteria that ensure conservation.

The Vosburg Neck site will be Wyoming County’s first state park, while the Big Elk Creek location is under significant pressure from residential and commercial development.

In York County, the Susquehanna Riverlands site adjoins and builds on large tracts of previously unspoiled open space.

Additionally, each site is within half an hour of heavily populated areas where recreational land is often scarce.

People can access Vosburg Neck and other new state parks; however, all have limited visitor amenities, such as parking and trails.

A master planning process for each park will include an assessment of natural resources, visitor amenities and recreation opportunities, as well as an opportunity for the public to provide input.

Find more information about Pennsylvania state parks on the DCNR website.

MEDIA CONTACT: Wesley Robinson, DCNR, 717-877-6315

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