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George and Lillian Picton Wildlife Sanctuary (South)

Foster Township • 349 Acres

George and Lillian Picton had great appreciation for the peace and tranquility offered by their special parcel of land and a passion for the wildlife who call it home. Unsure of what might happen when they no longer owned their wonderful 349 acres located in Foster Township, Luzerne County, they created their very own wildlife sanctuary. However, to insure that the wishes of George and Lillian be carried on forever family friend and executor of the George and Lillian Picton Estate, George Daru, worked with NBLT to perminenty protect the sanctuary with a conservation easement.

The George and Lillian Picton Wildlife Sanctuary (South) is the larger of two parcels of land that make up the preserve. The majority of the sanctuary is forested with mature oak, sassafras, maple, ash, and birch. Two very scenic ponds occur on the property that host fish, salamanders, turtles, frogs, freshwater mussels, rare damselflies and dragonflies, and an endangered freshwater sponge. Waterfowl use these ponds as resting and feeding wetlands and neo-tropical birds such as ruby-crowed kinglets can be found by the dozens throughout the forest during their migration. Each spring, vernal pools found on the sanctuary are teaming with egg masses of spotted salamanders and wood frogs.

Enter the South Sanctuary off Pond Creek Road at the Sanctuary Sign. Coming from White Haven, the entrance and sign is located on the right approximately 5 tenths of a mile from the turn off from Route 940 on to Pond Creek road. Drive in and park on the side of the gravel road at the locked gate. Walk in from there.

Picton Map North & South Sanctuary Printable.pdf

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