Proposed Exchange of Property and Boundary Compromise Agreement

[47 Pa.B. 3586]
[Saturday, July 1, 2017]

 The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (Department), acting through the Bureau of Forestry, and Granville Hunting Club are proposing to negotiate an exchange of property interests in Mifflin and Juniata Counties.

 A warrant vacancy had been known to exist for many years between two tracts of State forest land on the south side of Blue Mountain in Juniata County. When surveyors investigated the situation further they found that the vacancy extended over the mountain into Mifflin County. The Granville Hunting Club thought they had clear title to part of the vacancy and also to lands claimed by the Commonwealth since 1930. The deed overlap with the Commonwealth occurs on the ridgetop of Blue Mountain. The proposed compromise agreement would resolve the deed overlap in favor of the Commonwealth; the existing boundary would be honored. Most of the vacancy, near Minehart Run, would go to Granville Hunting Club (117.76 acres). The Commonwealth would acquire a portion of the vacancy in Licking Creek, on the south side of Blue Mountain and also on the north slope of the front mountain, near Granville (110.44 acres total to the Commonwealth). The Licking Creek vacancy is key because it joins two parts of the Tuscarora State Forest and includes most of the Vincent Tram road in that area. The exchange is of value to the Commonwealth because it cleans up a title issue, honors the current boundary and provides the Commonwealth with a key connector.

 As is the policy of the Department, the public is hereby notified of this exchange and boundary compromise agreement. A 30-day period for public inquiry or comment, orboth, will be in effect beginning July 1, 2017, and ending July 30, 2017. Oral or written comments or questions concerning this proposed exchange may be addressed to Ryan Szuch, Planning Section, Bureau of Forestry, P.O. Box 8552, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8552, (717) 787-2980, Oral and written comments will become part of the official document used in the final decision process. Written documents are also available regarding the proposed land exchange by request.

 If, in the duration of the 30-day comment period, a significant amount of public concern develops, the Secretary of the Department may schedule a public informational meeting.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 17-1083. Filed for public inspection June 30, 2017, 9:00 a.m.]

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