Land transferred from PPL Holtwood to the Lancaster County Conservancy is now part of the state park system.
The 80-acre Pinnacle Overlook in Lancaster County will be managed by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, becoming a part of a complex including Sam Lewis and Susquehannock state parks, according to a news release from DCNR. The department finalized a cooperative agreement with the conservancy, the release states.
In October, PPL Holtwood, part of Allentown-based PPL Corp.’s generation business, transferred about 300 acres to the conservancy, part of the Susquehanna Riverlands initiative along the lower Susquehanna River. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted Holtwood permission to transfer up to 1,260 acres and the company said it planned to transfer Pinnacle at that time.
“Adding the Pinnacle Overlook to our state park system dramatically increases the view we are able to provide to our visitors of the beautiful Susquehanna River valley,” Director Bureau of State Parks David Kemmerer said in the release. “The management agreement between the Lancaster County Conservancy and DCNR will continue public access to the overlook for visitors to our state parks, the Susquehanna Riverlands region and the John Smith National Historic Water Trail.”
The Holtwood hydroelectric generation plant recently underwent a nearly $440 million renovation and expansion, which increased its generation capacity from 108 megawatts to 223 megawatts.