Our Land

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BE SAFE

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WRJA owns an estimated 2,000 acres of pristine forest designated as watershed spanning Berks and Lebanon Counties. Most of our land is open for restricted recreational day use (see our land use rules below) with the exception of our 35-acre farm and maintenance barn located on S. Sheridan Road near Newmanstown (Lebanon County). This property is clearly posted "No Trespassing" and is completely closed to public access. In addition, several boundary line 'No Crossover' points exist. No Crossover points are clearly marked with 'No Tresspass" signs. Property-line Crossover, including game retrieval, is prohibited at posted locations.

                        

Effective January 2021 the WRJA Board of Directors adopted a detailed land use policy to help ensure the survival of the forest for generations to come.

Questions regarding use of our land?

Tampering with a public water system is a Federal Offense.
Federal Statute  (42 U.S.C. 300i-1)
Pennsylvania Statute (35 P.S 721.13 (j) (1)

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POSTED
NO TRESPASSING

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But..
I'm on WRJA Land, Right?

While enjoying WRJA watershed you may encounter 'No Trespassing' signage on or near property lines. Please respect our neighboring land owners right to close their land to public access and obey no trespassing signs. 

Dead End Trails
 

Be alert for dead end trails. This unneighborly situation occurs at property lines when property owners create 'private trails' to access our land for their personal use but deny other WRJA land users access across their land.  A dead end trail usually terminates at a property line posted with a no trespassing sign. 

No Trespassing Signs

What Should I Do?
I'm on WRJA land but I was told I am trespassing!

If confronted and told you are trespassing it is best to leave the area as requested (even if you believe you are on public access WRJA land).

If safe to do so (do not challenge or provoke):

- Ask the persons name and/or property owners name

- Aquire and save your current GPS coordinates  (Lat/Long)

Report encounters using our LAND USE VIOLATION link.

WRJA will investigate. 

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Recreational
Land Use Rules

Day Use Only

NO TRESPASSING - Sunset to Sunrise

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BE SAFE - BE SEEN

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Property Map

 

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Accessing from William Penn State Forest

Unlike William Penn Forest (Commonwealth of Pennsylvania) - WRJA is a privately owned and protected watershed that is part of the WRJA public water system. When visiting WRJA watershed please note that our mission and land use rules are different from Willam Penn State Forest. 

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Motorized Vehicles

ALL MOTORIZED VEHICLES including motorcycles, ATV’s, UTV's, snowmobiles, etc.are PROHIBITED.

Note: electric power bicycles are motorized vehicles and prohibited.

NOTICE: Operators of motorized vehicles are subject to criminal prosecution. TRESPASS BY MOTOR VEHICLE PROSECUTED under 75 Pa.C.S. § 3717 (Pennsylvania Vehicle Code)

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Exemption: Vehicles operated by WRJA and our contractors, Law Enforcement, EMS, Fire, and  power company service vehicles.

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Fishing

ALL Fishing regulations apply on WRJA land and enforced by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission. 

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Hunting

ALL Game regulations apply on WRJA land and enforced by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. 

Please view our new  tree stand policy  that became effective January 01, 2021.

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To report information, call the Operation Game Thief’s toll-free hotline – 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year – at 1-888-PGC-8001 or click here to fill out an online form.

WRJA Land in Berks County           SELECT:  216 - Heidelberg Twp.
WRJA Land in Lebanon County     SELECT:  206 - Millcreek Twp.

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Forest

Forest
Management

We continue to implement our long-term forestry management program and its enhancement of our area’s ecology. A tangible benefit of the program is it’s generation of revenue through biennial timber sales. The Authority has earned total net revenue over the past thirty years of approximately $1,200,000, enabling us to minimize the need for rate increases (the last of which was over twelve years ago).

Our next harvest is scheduled to start spring of 2022 and run through December 2023.

 
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HELP US PROTECT THE WATERSHED

REPORT
Land Use Violations

Use this form to report violations of our land use policy and encroachments.
- land use violations ONLY -  

For water service issues - CALL US.

To report tampering or damage (in progress) to water tanks, pump houses, chlorination stations, transmission lines -  CALL 911
In Berks County - South Heidelberg Township Police Dept.
In Lebanon County - Millcreek Township Police Dept.

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