Lancaster County is only 15% forested land.
In Lancaster County our trees are critical to our ability to maintain clean air and water. The proposed pipeline corridors would cross through limited remaining forests and several high and exceptional value streams and permanently clear-cut those forests impairing already impaired air quality, creating erosion corridors for more sediment into our streams, heating streams, and reducing water quality.
Tens of millions of dollars have been invested to protect the forests of the Susquehanna Riverlands.
Initiatives to protect the forests, riparian buffers, recreational lands, water quality, sensitive natural resources, watersheds, and cultural resources of the Susquehanna Riverlands have been ongoing for decades.
The impacts of a gas pipeline on forests are forever.
These lands are fundamental to the long term sustainability of wildlife, wildflowers, threatened and endangered species, and clean air and water for all creatures.When the forests are removed the pipeline company does not permit replanting. Tens of thousands of mature trees would be permanently removed. Forests would be fragmented and the soil would be compacted. Water quality will be degraded. Storm water and sedimentary runoff into the Susquehanna could dramatically increase.