District, Pike, & Rockland Townships, Berks County, Pennsylvania
The forested land in District, Pike and Rockland Townships, what we refer to as Oley Hills, is one of the largest undisturbed forested areas in Berks County (27,144 acres). It serves as home to five pristine watersheds that have received state-wide recognition as ‘Exceptional Value’, the highest water quality designation awarded in Pennsylvania. The protection of these five watersheds represents 38% of exceptional value watersheds in the entire Schuylkill River Watershed. We attribute this pristine water quality to the fact that this land is undeveloped, and it is a goal to maintain this status by permanently protecting the land with conservation easements.
A partnership between Berks Nature, the Pine Creek Valley Watershed Association, the Pike Oley District Preservation Coalition, the Highlands Coalition, Highlands Conservation Act, William Penn Foundation, and the PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, aims to permanently protect over 2200 acres in this particular area. This will not only provide future generations with the benefit of this undisturbed natural area, but will also ensure pristine conditions for these unique, high quality streams.