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Valmont Bog Sanctuary

West Hazleton Borough & Hazle Township • 59 Acres

The 59 acre Valmont Bog and uplands is located in West Hazleton Borough and Hazle Township. NBLT worked closely with the owner CAN DO, Inc. along with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, PPL Corporation, The National Orchid Conference and other stakeholders to make the project a reality.

Located in the heart of the Valmont Industrial Park this unique property boasts a variety of exceptional flora and fauna, interesting topographical features, and even remnants of our industrial past in the form of old rail beds. It is hoped that one day the abandon rail can be converted into a scenic urban walking corridor and link to other established trails. Two vibrant cold water sources, Stony Creek and Black Creek flow through and converge on the property.

Representatives of the International Native Orchid Conference, Inc. have visited the Valmont Bog property many times and have affirmed that it is without equal in this part of the country; only the New Jersey Pinelands Reserve can compare in terms of its significance with regard to orchid flora according to the Conference.
In particular NBLT would like to thank Can Do President Kevin O’Donnell and his staff for their time and effort in making this project a reality.

Another important piece of northeastern Pennsylvania’s natural heritage has been conserved. Going forward the staff at NBLT will be working with all stakeholders to establish a master plan for the Sanctuary.

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.

The sanctuary is open to the public but has limited access due to its location and the fragile nature of the ecosystem.

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