Claire dePerrot, a long time hiker and outdoorswoman has donated 31.6 acres to the Lancaster County Conservancy. This wonderful forestland is adjacent to the Conestoga Trail near Speedwell Forge Park. The land has been in the dePerrot family since 1957 when Jean and Lucy dePerrot purchased it from the Darlingtons. This tract was part of the Coleman properties.
Protecting this tract of land ensures that the diversity of trees including oaks, beech, and maples rising amidst an understory of shrubs and seasonal wildflowers including violets, jack-in-the pulpit, asters, and goldenrods will provide a variety of birds and other wildlife species habitat for important lifecycle and migratory needs.
These forests clean our air and water and provide important buffers to development and farmland.
This forest habitat will be protected in perpetuity as a nature preserve.
“We are thrilled to be able to ensure protection of this land. There are few parcels of remaining forests in Lancaster County and the significance of this gift cannot be underestimated. The entire dePerrot family worked together to ensure that future Lancastrians can enjoy the property.” (Kate Gonick, Director of Land Protection, Lancaster County Conservancy).
To read the press release about the project please click on the following link: dePerrot Project