Luzerne County

American Legion Post 781

Wright Township • 254.5 Acres

The Conservation Area is approximately 254.54-acres and is comprised of mostly forested lands consisting of deciduous hardwoods. There are isolated stands of conifers, mature hardwoods, early succession forests, meadows, recreational fields, open grass lawn areas, and roadside vegetation. Significant wet areas occur within the Conservation Area such as the Wapwallopen Creek, small streams, intermittent streams, vernal pools, marsh, swamps, and isolated wet areas.

The Conservation Area hosts natural habitat for fish, wildlife, plants and supporting ecosystems. There are at least four ecological features designated Special Concern by the state including vernal pools. There are two plant species of Special Concern in addition to several plants uncommon to Luzerne County including New Jersey tea and bowman’s-root. The Conservation Area provides the natural ecological requirements for at least twelve animal Species of Special Concern in Pennsylvania, including the globally rare fly-poison borer moth, fisher, three turtles, and several uncommon dragonfly and damselfly species.

The Property exhibits riparian forests along the Wapwallopen Creek, wet areas and vernal pools, thus providing important breeding habitat for amphibians, reptiles, fish, and aquatic invertebrates. hgewetland ecosystems support aquatic life such as calico pennant dragonflies, red-spotted newts, brook trout, painted turtles, green frogs, and fresh water mussels. The Conservation Area also includes woodlands and riparian forests within the watershed of the Wapwallopen Creek, classified as a Cold Water Fishery (CWF) and the Susquehanna River, classified as a Warm Water Fishery (WWF) by the Department of Environmental Protection, which serve as a source of potable water for downstream communities.

American Legion Mountain Post 781, INC. is a publicly recognized and appreciated parcel of land. Within the entire grounds are buildings, dwellings, pavilions, restroom facilities, recreational fields, and other structures resting on 7.83 acres of land and not part of the conservation area.

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 Legion property under conservation easement with North Branch Land Trust is open to the public year round for passive recreation activities.

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