Preservation

Preservation of the Kimberly Run Natural Area 

 

KRNA Sign

Somerset County Conservancy’s work involves our “green preservation” projects. The Kimberly Run Natural Area, located on the southeast corner of the intersection of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and U.S. Route 219, is our premier project. Covering 373 acres with habitats ranging from warm season grass fields and older growth hemlock woods to many types of wetlands, including a bog, this property is a gem in the center of the county. We have partnered with DCNR, PA Game Commission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Pheasants Forever, Allegheny Plateau Audubon and others in developing habitat and a management plan for this property.

With the help of our corporate sponsors Somerset Trust Co., Concurrent Technology Corp., Reliant Energy and local businesses such as Olde Time Builders, Berlin Lumber Co. and Somerset REC, as well as many private individuals. The Conservancy has acquired an adjacent property that has enabled us to develop a public access, parking area and trail system. The 3.3 miles of trails are blazed with either blue or white trail markers, and loop back to their starting point. All intersections of the trail have maps and directions posted.

The Trails at KRNA

The trail system has been dedicated in the memory of Elizabeth Piersol.

KRNA Trails

Kiosk

Trail Maps

 

Aerial View of Kimberly Run and the adjacent Louie-Beach Wetlands

Aerial View of Kimberly Run and the adjacent Louie-Beach Wetlands

The Conservancy is also able to hold Conservation Easements for landowners who wish to preserve their lands. Development rights can be donated, and often a tax deduction taken if certain conservation requirements are met. The landowner and heirs can continue to own the property, estate planning can be facilitated, and natural lands can be permanently protected from development.

parking lot signs

New Parking lot

KRNS Trail rest stop

Rest Stop on the White trail

KRNA Pavilion

Pavilion on the Blue trail

KRNA Cabin

Prescribed Burn Kimberly Run 2015 012

Prescribed Burn Kimberly Run 2015

 

The Piersol Memorial Trail Bridge

The Piersol Memorial Trail Bridge

Pavilion restoration work done by Olde Tyme Builders,Inc. of Somerset

Pavilion restoration work done by
Olde Tyme Builders,Inc. of Somerset

 

Conservancy volunteers working on the Piersol Memorial Trail Bridge

Conservancy volunteers working on the Piersol Memorial Trail Bridge

Some of the many youth enjoying Youth Pheasant Day at Kimberly Run

Some of the many youth enjoying Youth Pheasant Day at Kimberly Run