ABBOTTSTOWN – A public/private initiative will improve fishing opportunities in Adams County, Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) announced today.
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) board of commissioners approved a $84,000 grant to help preserve public fishing opportunities along a portion of Conewago Creek in Butler Township. The Adams County Trout Unlimited Chapter will provide $16,000, which was raised through individual fundraising efforts, and the Land Conservancy of Adams County will put forth $120,578 toward the land acquisition project.
“This is a prime example of many groups coming together to improve recreational opportunities right here in Adams County,” Ecker said. “The Conewago Creek is known for its excellent trout fishing and the project will help attract people from outside our area, which will support Adams County’s tourism industry.”
Specifically, 5,340 linear feet of creek frontage near Russel Tavern and Zeigler Mill roads would become accessible for fishing in the acquisition of 58 acres of land. The conservancy plans to purchase the property and transfer ownership to the PFBC. The total cost of the acquisition is $441,156. The conservancy has also applied to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for half of the appraised value of the property and half of the acquisition costs.
“Once acquired, the land will remain in public hands for decades to come, allowing future generations to enjoy the wonderful natural resources in our area,” Ecker said. “As an avid trout fisherman, I am looking forward to this project coming to fruition.”
Representative Torren Ecker
193rd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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