A major victory for conservation has been achieved. The proposed Alpine Rose racetrack in Eldred Township, which would have destroyed 354 acres on the north slope of Blue Mountain, was finally defeated. The Wildlands Conservancy closed on the property on May 20, 2013 and then transferred ownership to the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Wildlands president, Chris Kocher, stated that “It’s a very important property from an ecological perspective. The property extends from the floodplains of the Aquashicola Creek literally to the summit of the north side of Blue Mountain. You don’t get many properties with that kind of diversity in them.”
The sale was aided by contributions from the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Audubon Pa, trustees of the 21 million dollar Palmerton Zinc Superfund site, and Blue Mountain Preservation Assocation (BMPA).
BMPA has fought the Alpine project for twelve long years, proving that a small, determined group of people can indeed win. If not for their efforts, the track would have been built years ago. Please visit their site:
Thanks to all that worked hard to save this part of the mountain!
A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on July 29, along with a celebration of the addition of the Moreton Tract to Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge. More on this will be posted as the event unfolds.