FALLING SPRING GRANT.
THE FALLING SPRING GREENWAY, INC. (FSG) in March accepted a $75,000 National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Challenge Grant to help restore the Falling Spring Branch in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. The money will be matched by a $150,000 FSG fundraising effort, and the total $225,000 will be used to restore a 4,000-foot section of the creek known as the Quarry Meadow. Work should begin in July.
FSG set new standards in trout-stream conservation in the late 1980s by establishing stream enhancement and preservation partnerships with landowners on the spring creek. The partnerships resulted in increased angler access to the steam through easements and the purchase of nine acres of riparian land later conveyed to public ownership. The FSG program has also planted thousands of trees, restored hundreds of feet of stream channel, and improved the fishery.
Future FSG plans include buying a key 150-acre tract with several thousand feet of stream, returning stream sections to their historic locations, closing an active commercial hatchery, and restoring riparian wetlands.