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Spring Creek Canyon

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Spring Creek Canyon has been identified by the Sierra Club as one of the nation’s 50 most “under protected” ecologically important sites in the United States. Because of the quality and number of potential outdoor recreation activities available to users of the 1,800–acre site, Benner Township and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources contracted EPD to prepare a master plan and management strategy.

To develop the plan and strategy the compatibility of natural resources was evaluated based on sensitivity, accessibility, safety, as well as connections to the surrounding community. Planning recommendations were formulated to accommodate the range of desired user groups and seasons of activity. The final plan seeks to optimize trail development, site access, circulation, compatibility with adjacent uses, conserved landscape areas and the site’s known physical limitations. The management strategy offers recommendations for partnership, stewardship, collaboration and a mix of traditional and non-traditional approaches to resources management.

The Pennsylvania-Delaware Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects awarded the Spring Creek Canyon Master Plan and Management Strategy with its Merit Award and People's Choice Award in 2010.

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