The largest privately owned nature preserve open to the public in Southeastern Pennsylvania just got even bigger with the addition of 20 acres of rare habitat.
Natural Lands, a regional land conservation organization, announced that its ChesLen Preserve in Newlin Township expanded to 1,282 acres when the organization purchased land from an adjacent neighbor. The recently acquired acreage is part of a rare ecosystem known as the Unionville Serpentine Barrens, which supports a number of threatened plant and animal species.
In addition to habitat restoration, Natural Lands has established a nine-mile trail system at ChesLen Preserve, installed five trailheads, created Ollie Owl’s NaturePlayGround, and built the Lenfest Center, which serves as a management center and hosts dozens of events and community gatherings each year.
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Source: Chadds Ford Live; 2/9/2018