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Big Elk Creek Master Planning Task Force to Hold First Meeting March 28

03/26/2024

​Franklin Township, Pennsylvania -- The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) today announced the formation of the Big Elk Creek Master Planning Task Force.

The Task Force will hold its first of six scheduled meetings Thursday, March 28 at the Meeting House at White Clay Creek Preserve.

Meetings will be recorded for accuracy in composing the meeting minutes, and the meeting minutes will be made available on the Big Elk Creek State Park website within 10 business days of each meeting.

The Task Force was created in response to public feedback at a January public meeting convened by Franklin and Elk townships to address public concern about plans for the park.

DCNR committed to the Task Force to gather additional public input for the creation of the state park master plan for the 1,800-acre park in Chester County.

Each meeting will focus on a state park core standard topic area.

Topic areas include natural resources management, accessibility, park services and visitor safety, and recreation and environmental education.

Task Force membership includes representation and designees from:

  • DCNR Bureau of State Parks
  • Friends of White Clay Creek Preserve
  • Senator Carolyn Comitta
  • Senator John Kane
  • Representative John Lawrence
  • Chester County
  • Elk Township
  • Franklin Township
  • New London Township
  • Lincoln University
  • Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation
  • PennEnvironment

Members of the public with questions about the process can contact their local township, Chester County, or state legislator for information and updates.

Current efforts at the park include ecological restoration work and creating plans to share the natural assets and cultural history in the park’s footprint.

DCNR remains committed to its mission of conserving and sustaining Pennsylvania’s natural resources for present and future generations’ use and enjoyment.

Visit DCNR’s website for information about Big Elk Creek State Park, for more information about Pennsylvania’s 124 state parks, or to check out DCNR’s Calendar of Events​ for events on public lands.

MEDIA CONTACT: Wesley Robinson, 717-877-6315

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