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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 our 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.

As mentioned above, 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.

These lands have recently been identified as an Indigenous Cultural Landscape and are fundamental to the long term sustainability of wildlife, wildflowers, threatened and endangered species, and clean air and water for all creatures. The impacts of a gas pipeline on forests are forever. 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.

The pipeline would traverse seven streams, including Fishing Creek, a stream whose water quality is rated “exceptional” by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

These areas are regional treasures. Shenk’s Ferry Wildflower Preserve, which could be affected, is one of the most impressive wildflower areas in the eastern United States with 73 species of wildflowers.

Tucquan Glen alone has 35 species of wildflowers and old-growth trees. Its trails meander through the ravines to the Susquehanna River. Pinnacle Overlook provides an unmatched scenic panorama of the lower Susquehanna.

Don’t despair! Take action! You can do something about this travesty in the name of corporate profit and “public good”. Contact your government representatives and give your reasons for rerouting this pipeline.