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Weidner Grove Park
Conserved Lands in the Oley Hills
Thousands of acres in the Oley Hills have been conserved by forward thinking individuals, families and municipalities who desire to protect their lands and water forever.

The hill side above the houses in the photograph is part of the Trout Run Watershed which has an easement to protect
the reservoir of Boyertown, PA. 
    

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This is a new section of Oley Hills Alive that will honor the thoughtful and wise people who have chosen to protect their lands.      
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Martin and Kay Kriebel of District Township believe that we should, "Treat the Earth Well." They have conserved their farm for the next generations of their family. Many springs and seeps bubble up on their land and form the headwaters of the Pine Creek right behind their house.

Click on the link below to visit their farm.     
      

Arthur Trumbauer of District Township loved his farm and decided to conserve the land to protect it from being turned into a housing tract. The farm touches the Kriebel farm.

Click on the link below to visit that farm.     
      
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North Hill Farm is owned by Jeff and Debbie Sweinhart of Pike Township. They have conserved their farm for the benefit of the community. The farm is in two Exceptional Value Watersheds of the Oley Hills.
 

Click on the link to visit North Hill Farm.     
      

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Oley Hills Alive is happy to have Lorah Hopkins (left in brown pants with her dog, Fly) as our new photographer. She replaces the late George Kramer who was also her friend.
 
Lorah was born in the Oley Valley and still lives there in an historic miller's house. Lorah has been involved in the preservation of the Oley Hills and Valley most of her life often with her parents, Phoebe and Lloyd who are featured in the Heroes section.
 
Lorah is a poet and her poems will appear at times on this website. With Lorah and Fly, beneath the Sacred Oak, is their friend and poet, Elizabeth Stanley of Berks Bards.
 

 Pine Springs Farm   
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Please scroll down to see more.

Trumbauer Farm

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 North Hill Farm
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The Lobachsville Trout Hatchery is located where Pike and Oley Townships meet. It is also part of the Exceptional Value Pine Creek Watershed of the Oley Hills. It is an important wetland.
 

Click on the link to visit the trout hatchery and wetland.     
      
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Lobachsville Hatchery

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Weidner Grove Park is located in Pike Township. It is also part of the Exceptional Value Pine Creek Watershed of the Oley Hills. It was once owned by St. Paul's Church in Lobachsville.
 

Click on the link to visit Weidner Grove Park.     
      
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Wilhelm Rosher owns the largest single property in the Oley Hills to be preserved with a conservation easement. The headwaters of the Oysterville Creek emerge on his land.
 

Click on the link to visit Wilhelm Roscher's estate.           
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Roscher Estate 
      

Oysterville Creek headwaters           

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Lorraine Hunter made a promise to Lawrence Machmer that the farm she and her mother inherited from him would be protected and preserved. She kept that promise.
 

Click on the link to visit Lorraine Hunter's farm.           
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Hunter Farm
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Lee Gee feels connected to nature and likes to be surrounded by it. She wanted to protect her land forever.
 

Click on the link to visit Lee Gee's land.          
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Gordon Park is a surprise, though not a secret, in District Township. It has a playground, nature trails, a pond and the Exceptional Value Stone Roll Creek, a tributary of the Oysterville Creek, within its boundary.
 

Click on the link to visit Gordon Park.




Gordon Park




       

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Gary Weller
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Gary Weller has protected two tracts of his land. The Berks Conservancy holds the easements and does the annual inspections. Both tracts are visible from the Stone Roll which is on land owned by the Weller Family.
 

Click on the link to visit Gary Weller's land.          
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Oley Hills Alive wishes to thank the groups who have done great work in preservation and conservation and  who helped fund this project called Conserved Lands.


The project was funded in part by a grant from Community Conservation Partnerships Program, under the administration of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and the William Penn Foundation in support of the Schuylkill Highlands Mini-Grant Program  administered jointly by Natural Lands Trust and Schuylkill River Heritage Association.



Natural Lands Trust
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PA DCNR
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Schuylkill Highlands


Schuylkill River

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Please click on the links, below in blue letters, to visit these important sites.
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The Oley Hills and Valley are a part of the Schuylkill Highlands. All of the Exceptional Value creeks in the area are part of the greater Schuylkill River Watershed. Parts of seven adjoining counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania are included in the highlands. The Schuylkill Highlands web site has maps that can be studied and information on places of interest to visit. Please click on the Schuylkill Highlands link below to learn more.

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Edward Burger is an artist in wood. He and his wife Joan own and manage a forest that has a conservation easement.
 

Click on the link to visit the Burger's Woods.          
 Burger's Woods       

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We are working on a new page to celebrate a new conservation easement on a farm in the Oysterville Watershed. Check back to see pictures and a link to the article about the easement in the July 1st issue of the Reading Eagle Berks Country section; berkscountry,readingeagle.com.