Key parcel of over 2600 acres along Appalachian NST protected by land trust

More than 2,600 acres of land around Bald Mountain Pond in Somerset County – a popular destination along the Appalachian Trail known for its stunning views – has been protected for future generations, The Trust for Public Land announced Wednesday.

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail bisects the property near West Forks that will now remain open to the public to enjoy paddling, fishing, hiking and camping. The newly acquired land will expand the protection zone around the Appalachian Trail to include another 1,500 acres of old growth forest – and it will protect from development nine miles of shoreline along Bald Mountain Pond. That area has been identified by the state as of “statewide ecological significance” because of the presence of Canada lynx, old-growth forest and the wild brook trout and rare Arctic char in the pond.

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