Manderfield Preserve Management


  • West Rockhill Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania


Manderfield Preserve is a 54-acre woodland left in trust to a local bank in the early 1950s. The original owner wanted the property to be preserved in perpetuity for public environmental education. Heritage Conservancy currently manages the property in accordance with that goal. Located in the headwaters of Butter Creek and underlain by the Quakertown diabase sheet, the preserve is noted for several springs, woodland, a mature oak forest and an extensive community of wildflowers.

The conservancy’s staff conduct public walks in spring and fall to highlight the importance of the natural resources at the preserve. Educational walks are also scheduled by request from local schools and interested organizations. In addition, Heritage Conservancy performs regular monitoring, routine maintenance and site improvements at the preserve. This effort has included: removing invasive plants, marking trails, labeling plants, repairing erosion problems, and erecting gates, signage, and a kiosk to provide environmental education materials about the preserve to the public.

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