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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 21-804



Notice of Proposed Exchange of Property

[51 Pa.B. 2802]
[Saturday, May 22, 2021]

 The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (Department), acting through the Bureau of Forestry, and Emporium Water Company are proposing to negotiate an exchange of property interests in Portage Township, Cameron County.

 The proposed property exchange would involve two tracts of land, together with certain access easements. The public and the Elk Forest District would benefit from acquiring the 3.98-acre Emporium Water Company tract by gaining direct access to the Elk State Forest at this location along Steam Mill Road. The Emporium Water Company would receive the 8.35-acre State-owned property that would provide them direct access to manage their land. Although the net acreage difference is not in the Commonwealth's favor, this land exchange would greatly simplify boundaries along the border with the Emporium Water Company, easing land administration and boundary-line maintenance. The timber resource on both tracts would be the property of the Elk State Forest. No subsurface rights will be exchanged as a result of this proposed exchange.

 The land exchange will also include two permanent access easements that will provide administrative access for both parties. One will allow Elk Forest District to conduct timber harvest activities and provide additional right of way access to the public to the Salt Run tract along Route 155 by means of Salt Run Road. The other would allow Emporium Water Company to use Butcher Hollow Road to access their property off Steam Mill Road.

 As is the policy of the Department, the public is hereby notified of this proposed exchange. A 30-day period for public inquiry or comment, or both, will be in effect beginning May 22, 2021, and ending June 20, 2021. Oral or written comments or questions concerning this proposed exchange may be addressed to Tom Stahl, Planning Section, Bureau of Forestry, P.O. Box 8552, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8552,, (717) 772-0268. Oral or written comments, or both, will become part of the official document used in the final decision process. Written documents are also available regarding the proposed land exchange by request.

 If, in the duration of the 30-day comment period, a significant amount of public concern develops, the Secretary of the Department may schedule a public informational meeting.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 21-804. Filed for public inspection May 21, 2021, 9:00 a.m.]

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