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Butler Preserve

Hazle Township • 118 Acres

This 118-acre preserve located in Hazle Twp, Luzerne Co. hosts globally rare scrub oak barrens and its obligate flora and fauna, in addition to wetlands and a riparian forest along the Dreck Creek Reservoir. The established Greater Hazleton Rails-to-Trail intersects the property for nearly 1/2 mile and is embraced and used by over 30,000 outdoor enthusiasts on a yearly basis.

The Butler Enterprise Hazleton Fee Acquisition project relates to and promotes and advances Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natrual Resources (DCNR’s) Action Plan Goals and Keystone Principles by:

  • Fulfilling a goal of the Open Space, Greenways & Outdoor Recreation Master Plan for Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties

  • Providing Greater Hazleton Rails-to-Trail the opportunity to develop spur and loop trails and connect to a long distance trai

  • Helping Hazle Township manage growth and reduce the loss of open space

  • Educating the public about the protection and management of important ecological lands and wildlife habitat Working to responsibly steward this land with significant conservation value that will include public recreation, rare natural communities management and forest stewardship

  • Acquiring land that protects watersheds, conserves biologically important areas, and creates connections with other recreational outdoor opportunities

  • Increasing citizens’ and visitors’ ability to experience the outdoors by allowing for public access
  • Funding for the project came from a Community Partnerships Program Grant award to NBLT from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Funding for these grants comes from Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key93), the Environmental Stewardship Fund, the Growing Greener Bond Fund and federal funding sources.

    Location of the Preserve and Greater Hazleton Rail Trail parking area: One mile beyond Hazleton General Hospital on Rt. 93 (E. Broad St.) on the left after St. Luke Manor and just before the Arthur Gardner Parkway (southern beltway). A paved entrance leads to a large parking lot for 25 cars.

    Printable pdf of rail trail map and trail information
    Butler Preserve Rails_To_Trails_Brochure_2010_Greater_-Hazleton-Rails_to_Trail.pdf

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