State takes over Bedford County land

BEDFORD – The state is set to take over 1,700 acres of mountainous forest land in southern Bedford County, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources officials announced Friday.

The so-called Hardwoods Trail tract, covering a mountain ridge near the Maryland border, will soon be attached to the Buchanan State Forest system, the department announced.

Connecting to Maryland’s Rocky Gap State Park, the new state acquisition will help protect municipal water supplies and river headwaters. It contains walking trails and several ponds that nourish rare plants.

The purchase is part of the state’s “Enhancing Penn’s Woods” initiative, established to put $200 million into forest land expansion and development.

The acquisition cost about $1 million, according to a news release.