Hendrick Island Protection

Location

  • Solebury Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Services

  • Open Space Preservation
  • Resource Protection

In 1996, Heritage Conservancy facilitated the transfer of ownership of Hendrick Island from PECO Energy to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PA DCNR). An important habitat for fisheries and neo-tropical migratory birds, Hendrick Island is located in the Delaware River north of New Hope, Pa. The 112-acre island is an important scenic resource and enhancement to the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.

Hendrick Island was purchased in 1955 by PECO Energy as a potential site for a hydroelectric power plant. Heritage Conservancy entered into negotiations for the 120-acre property listed for $1.5 million. Over the course of three years, a few unsuccessful attempts were made by private individuals to acquire the property. Finally, the floods of 1996 caused a potential buyer to back out of his option to purchase the island and the property was made available to Heritage Conservancy at a reduced rate. Working with Heritage Conservancy, PECO Energy placed a conservation easement on the property protecting it from future development. The conservation easement donation provided PECO Energy with a tax benefit, supplementing their bargain sale of the property. Hendrick Island is now part of the Delaware Canal State Park in Bucks County.

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