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Grant would protect portion of Appalachian Trail in Pa.

October 15, 2009

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. (AP) -- A $30,000 grant from The Conservation Alliance may help protect more than 1,000 acres along the Appalachian Trail from development.

The land is in Pennsylvania's White Rocks area, near the Maryland border.

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is working with Pennsylvania conservation officials to protect a 260-square-mile area under the South Mountain Conservation Landscape Initiative.

Though the National Park Service acquired some land to protect the trail, ATC says planned development threatens the view from the rocks, the visitor experience and the sensitive ecology.

Five new parcels were identified Wednesday as Pennsylvania's highest priority for acquisition.

This project will be discussed Oct. 26 in a forum at Pennsylvania's Carlisle Theater.

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