A northeastern Pennsylvania wildlife sanctuary is expanding its boundaries.
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary announced Thursday that they're buying about 25 acres of privately-owned forest bordering the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in Kempton, Berks County.
Officials told the (Pottsville) Republican-Herald that half of the $210,000 purchase price is coming from a state grant. The sanctuary is coming up with the other half.
The sanctuary said acquiring the property protects it from private development and preserves the scenery enjoyed by hikers along the Appalachian Trail and people visiting Hawk Mountain.
They said the old trees on the property are also important to local wildlife and migrating birds.
Hawk Mountain is a roughly 2,500-acre protected habitat spanning Schuylkill and Berks counties.