Earth Conservancy Donates Rail Bed to NBLT

Posted on: October 9, 2017

Earth Conservancy is a nonprofit which formed to address the impacts of past coal mining operations in Luzerne County. Their work centers on the former holdings of the Blue Coal Corporation. Over the years NBLT has worked closely with the Earth Conservancy to permanently protect many thousands of acres in our communities. NBLT in conjunction with the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor is working to complete the 164-mile D&L Trail into the Wyoming Valley.

Pictured L to R are Rylan Coker NBLT Land Protection Specialist, Paul Lumia NBLT Executive Director, Mike Dziak Executive Director Earth Conservancy, Brian Stahl HKQ Law

Once complete, the hiking and biking trail will run from Bristol, PA to Wilkes-Barre. Earth Conservancy donated approximately three miles of the old Lehigh & Susquehanna Railroad rail bed from the Seven Tubs Nature Area to Northampton Street. This donation will enable NBLT to complete the D&L Trail into Wilkes-Barre. NBLT hopes to start construction on this section of trail next spring and when completed it will be deeded over to the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry which will manage the trail from Northampton Street to White Haven. A big thank you goes out to the Staff and Board of Directors of the Earth Conservancy for their donation and to NBLT members and supporters who have helped make this project possible.

Click on this link to see the Trail Project Area
D&L Trail Project Map.pdf

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