At the request of East Nantmeal, North Coventry, South Coventry, Union, Warwick, and West Vincent Townships, Natural Land Trust, French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust and Green Valleys Association have compiled a summary of the important natural, recreational, and historical resources in the Hopewell Big Woods. The report also provides information about the potential impacts of the proposed Commonwealth Pipeline or any other future utility rights-of-way that would pass through the landscape.
The largest remaining contiguous forest in southeastern Pennsylvania, the Hopewell Big Woods has been recognized as one of the most important natural areas in the region. The 73,000-acre landscape spans portions of northern Chester and southern Berks Counties. The intact forest here provides valuable wildlife habitat for a variety of species, including Federally-listed endangered species, migrating neotropical songbirds, and native mammal species that have largely been pushed out of the extended Philadelphia area by suburban development. The forests also contribute to a significant number of Exceptional Value and High Quality watersheds.
Tens-of-millions of dollars in federal, state, county, local, and private investments have been made in the preservation of land in the Hopewell Big Woods. Millions more have been spent on responsible natural resource management, park development, historic preservation, trail creation, and promotion of the area as a recreation and tourism destination. The area has also been the subject of considerable study and planning to ensure the most efficient and effective use of conservation, recreation, and restoration funds. — Hopewell Big Woods Pipeline Report