Lackawanna County

The Macialek Property

Spring Brook Township • 75 Acres

In 2006–2007, North Branch Land Trust accepted its first conservation easement in Lackawanna County. Joseph Macialek, who grew up on a Wyoming County farm, donated the easement on 75 acres in Spring Brook Township in southern Lackawanna County.

Throughout the property are important natural areas such as streams, vernal pools, and northern hardwood forests, as well as unique habitats such as a golden saxifrage seep and a palustrine hemlock wetland.

Collectively, these natural communities provide habitat that supports a great diversity of plants and wildlife. The northern hardwood forest hosts amazing numbers of native wildflowers, not to mention migrating river otters. In spring, spectacular blooms of spring beauty, trout lily, blue violet, mayflower and hepatica carpet the forest floor. Wild turkey, deer, woodland warblers and red squirrels are not uncommon here.

Wetlands such as the pond and vernal pools host fish, green frogs, pickerel frogs, painted turtles, snapping turtles, dragonflies and damselflies including the rare turquoise bluet damselfly. Surrounding the pond and adjacent wetland are native wildflowers like nodding lady’s tresses orchids and the vivid blue closed gentian.

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