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NBLT Receives Grant to Purchase Rail Bed for D&L Trail

Posted on: November 7, 2014

Great News! NBLT has been awarded a state grant to purchase the old D&L railroad bed from Oliver Mills to the Seven Tubs Natural Area.

NBLT will work with the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor folks to get a trail built from Oliver Mills at Laurel Run into the Seven Tubs Nature Area.

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News for Immediate Release

Posted on: April 22, 2014

As part of our Strategic Conservation Plan, NBLT as been working to conserve natural lands along the southern edge of the Wyoming Valley. This Area includes the Penobscot Mountain ridgetop from Mocanaqua northeast to the Bald Mountain in northern Bear Creek Township. Working with the Earth Conservancy and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) over the past few years, NBLT recently acquired the nessessary funds to purcahse a crtical 3000 acre tract at Mocanaqua from the Earth Conservacy. Once aquired NBLT will deed the property over to the Pennsylvania Bureau of Foresty. The property will be available to the public for a variety of recreation activities.

What follows is the press release from DCNR outlining the project.

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Forest Echo Bird Sanctuary - Protected by NBLT

Posted on: October 12, 2013

In 1907, Rachel and Dr. Sarah Wyckoff of Kingston purchased 177 acres and 48 perches of land from Johnson and Almira Reed of Dallas Borough to have as bird sanctuary and summer retreat. The Wyckoff’s enjoyed and stewarded this idyllic piece of the Back Mountain up until Rachel’s death in 1946. Having a long-standing relationship with Wyoming Seminary Preparatory School Rachel bequeathed her family property to the school with instructions to “Maintain the 17 acres of wooded lands around her cottage known as Forest Echo as a sanctuary for birds and to that end to preserve and maintain the said lands.” From the date of acquisition of the property in 1946, Wyoming Seminary upheld the wishes of the Wyckoff family but realized that a greater level of protection was needed if the property was to be maintained as a sanctuary in perpetuity.

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Poorly Planned Development & Forest Fragmentation

Posted on: July 6, 2012

As populations increase or expand outward in an inefficient manner the natural lands around us are negatively impacted and often compromised for generations to come. We see this phenomenon every day with the poorly planned residential development completely covering the old farm lands next store or the new strip mall with no bike or footpaths and only accessible via motorized vehicle. Moreover as communities spread outward they require larger amounts of manmade infrastructure including utilities and roads to support them. We really do not pay enough attention to how our development strategies impact the natural lands and systems around us. Yet, these natural amenities are our lifeblood and if we push them beyond their ability to regenerate themselves we will all suffer.

The following information comes from the Sustainable Forest Partnership website and looks at the negative effects of forest fragmentation resulting from the poorly planned development of communities and its required infrastructure.

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