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ClearWater Reaches Goal To Preserve Iconic Farmland

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Emily Reddy
ClearWater has met its $2.75 million goal for preserving 300 acres of farmland.

Deb Nardone, executive director of ClearWater Conservancy, says the Slab Cabin Run initiative is important for the community’s drinking water and the water quality of the Slab Cabin stream that runs through the land. It’s also an opportunity to preserve 300 acres of farmland.

“We have a community and decision-makers and the public who have come forward and have supported an initiative that helped help protect the place that we love,” Nardone says.

Over the past 10 months, ClearWater raised the money to put a conservation easement on well-known farmland. It’s across from the State College Friends School on University Drive.

Support came from municipalities, the State College Borough Water Authority and the Hamer Foundation. There were also more than 600 individual donors.

The land, now a dairy farm, will stay open space, says Kevin Abbey, land conservation manager with ClearWater.

“Part of the initiative is that there will never be any more intense land use than there is now,” said Abbey.

Anne Danahy is a reporter at WPSU. She was a reporter for nearly 12 years at the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pennsylvania, where she earned a number of awards for her coverage of issues including the impact of natural gas development on communities.
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