CPC's Latest Acquisition--The Letort Spring Garden Preserve

CPC is committed to conserving critical habitat at the east branch headwaters of the Letort Spring Run, a nationally prominent trout fishery, situated in South Middleton Township, Cumberland County. A former watercress farm which occupied the site since 1891 was subdivided for home lots in 2012. In 2014, CPC negotiated a purchase option and has subsequently raised $420,000 to acquire 35 acres for permanent protection as CPC's Letort Spring Garden Preserve. The unique conservation values of the site include wetlands, limestone springs, wild brown trout, the Letort Nature Trail (rail-trail), and significant historic resources. CPC currently holds the deeds to the property and is managing and planning for the site's restoration and improvement. Additional funds are needed for restoration, management, and planning.


CPC and partners are committed to securing and restoring integrity of the upper Letort Spring Run, 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 1891
  • 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 restoration project a reality. 


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