Value* stream, is entirely within Bushkill Township and was an important source of water for farms and mills along its course to the Bushkill Creek. Both streams support native and wild reproducing trout populations, and both exhibit beautiful wooded greenways, which in recent years have become a focal point for land preservation within the Township. Many greenway areas now contain public trails and select properties have been opened for public fishing; all accomplished through the Township's Open Space Program and various funding partners.
Following centuries as an agricultural community, Bushkill Township began to grow into a thriving rural residential community during the later part of the 20th Century. Jacobsburg State Park and Environmental Education Center, which lies in the central portion of the Township, was established for public recreation and as one of only four environmental education centers in the Commonwealth. In 1972, the Jacobsburg Historical Society was formed to guide and oversee the historic preservation and public use of the Henry Homestead (now the Pennsylvania Longrifle Museum), Henry Gun Factory remains, and the John Joseph Henry House, located in the southeastern portion of the Township.
According to the 2010 census, nearly 8,200 people reside in Bushkill Township. Since 2007, the Township has funded its own Open Space Program which as preserved over 1,000 acres of natural area and farmland. Ongoing projects includes several trail projects connecting to Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center and beyond, as well as development of natural area properties for passive recreational uses such as hiking, biking, fishing, and picnicking. These projects and a strong commitment to high quality public service, with our own Police Department, Public Works Department, and Emergency Management Services, make Bushkill Township a great place to live and raise a family!
*Chapter 93, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection