Acquisition of the Letort Spring Run Headwater Property

The Central PA Conservancy (CPC) is acquiring one of Pennsylvania’s most unique habitats at the headwaters (east branch) of a nationally prominent trout fishery, the Letort Spring Run, in Cumberland County and South Middleton Township. CPC has secured a 2-year Purchase Option with a $10,000 down payment and is raising the balance through state and local grant programs and private contributions. The property contains abundant natural wetlands, limestone springs, wild brown trout, the LeTort Nature Trail (rail-trail), and significant historic resources. These resources will be permanently protected by CPC as a natural preserve.



CPC intends to secure and restore the Upper Letort Spring Run watershed while allowing access and education about the value of limestone streams, wetlands, and the regional history. By restoring the natural wetlands, stream channels, aquatic vegetation, historic structures, and removing invasive species, we aim to reverse the damage caused by years of commercial agricultural use and surrounding urban growth and development.

The site of the east branch of the Letort headwaters is:

  • A former commercial watercress farm that began production in 1880 and is spring fed by the headwaters of the Letort
  • Bisected by the Letort Nature Trail, managed by the Letort Regional Authority
  • Designated as an Exceptional Value Waterway (EV) by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and as a Class A Wild Trout Stream by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
  • Named in the PA Wild and Scenic Rivers legislation as an outstanding natural waterway
  • Listed as a locally significant site in the Natural Areas Inventory (NAI) of Cumberland County
  • Part of a Scenic River District adopted by a local ordinance of South Middleton Township

The Central Pennsylvania Conservancy requests YOUR SUPPORT to make this important acquisition a reality. Please consider a gift toward the effort by donating online today or mailing in your contribution.

Thank you for your generous support of conservation in your community!


Choose Letort Aquisition in the Drop-down list.
Or, mail your contribution, payable to Central PA Conservancy, to the CPC office today at:

Central PA Conservancy
Attn. Letort Acquisition
401 East Louther St., Suite 308
Carlisle, PA 17013

Another way to support the cause is to purchase the book publication,

THE LETORT: A Limestone Legacy,

published by Central Pennsylvania Conservancy and edited
by the 
Mid Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide