SNP expands by hundreds of acres

Thanks to land protection efforts the Shenandoah National Park (SNP) will expand by hundreds of acres.

According to the Daily News Record in February 2021 the Shenandoah National Park Trust (SNPT)  purchased 225 acres of vacant land in the Browntown area.

The property was purchased from the Wildlife Center of Virginia for $200,000.

The SNPT closed the sale on land which borders the park on the west side of the Skyline Drive on September 16, 2021.

The SNPT will have to have the  land surveyed before it can be transferred to the National Park Service (NPS).

The purchase and donation extends the park’s boundaries and helps to protect the ecological integrity of the current boundary.

Once the land is transferred a National Park biologist can then determine if the land provides a habitat for any endangered or threatened species.

This is in addition to the recent purchase and donation by the SNPT of 900 acres in Page County.

The funds for the purchases comes from a settlement from damages done by DuPont to a Virginia waterway.

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