Buttermilk Bluffs Description Get informational PDF
Property owned jointly in fee by the Allegheny Valley Conservancy and the French Creek Valley Conservancy.
Buttermilk Bluffs is a parcel of property along French Creek important for its habitat, protection of the water quality of the stream and the scenic views. With 2,000 feet of frontage along the creek, the property is entirely wooded, bordered to the south by French Creek and has a small stream running through it. This stretch of French Creek is known to be home to endangered species that are identified including species of federally protected fresh-water mussels. The forest is also home to turkey, white tailed deer and a bear or two.
French Creek is home to 80 species of fish and 26 species of freshwater mussels. The biodiversity of the creek will be protected from development, through riparian area protection and sound land use. The conservancies promote the use of sustainable forestry practices to ensure any future timber activities will protect the special features of the land.
This area is traveled extensively by canoeists and kayakers because nearby Utica has one of the few public access points. The Bluffs provides a perfect opportunity for individuals to see, first hand, the benefits of open space preservation as they travel downstream. Not only do they have a clear stream to enjoy and fish but they may also see a bald eagle flying overhead or nesting on the hillside.
This is a very unique partnership with the two local non-profit conservation organizations joined together to pursue this acquisition. Both organizations jointly own and manage this property. Funding for the acquisition of this property came from the PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR), the Nature Conservancy, Western PA Watershed Program and AVC and FCVC themselves.
For public access to the property, please contact one of the conservancies.