SAYLORSBURG, Pa. - A golf course in the Poconos will soon become a wildlife refuge.
The Cherry Valley Golf Course will be transformed over the next few years and become part of the Cherry Valley Wildlife Refuge.
The 193 acres is located of Route 33 near Saylorsburg.
It was purchased by the Nature Conservancy for $1.7 million.
"It took a while to negotiate the agreement," said Bud Cook, Northeast PA Program Director.
Cook says the Nature Conservancy will give the land to the Fish and Wildlife Service which will plant native species of plants and turn the former fairs and greenways into meadows and fields.
The golf course clubhouse is expected to be the refuge headquarters and cart paths will be turned into handicap accessible walking trails, according to Cook.
"Everything is linked to everything else. People cannot live in a world that lacks the elements of our natural heritage," Cook said.
The Fish and Wildlife Service will begin working on the land next year but there is no date set yet for when the refuge will be open to the public.
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