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Wildlands Conservancy protects 500 acres near Lehigh River

Wildlands Conservancy, the nonprofit land trust of the Lehigh Valley and Lehigh River watershed, announced Friday the permanent protection of around 500 acres located near the headwaters of the Lehigh River.

The wooded property contains several miles of the river and more than 200 acres of special wetlands, according to the conservancy. It's located near Clifton Township, Lackawanna County and Sterling and Lehigh Townships, Wayne County.

"These wetlands and forests help purify the surface and groundwater feeding into the headwaters of the Upper Lehigh River, which have received Pennsylvania's highest ranking for water quality."

The property is now designated as state game lands. 

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