Luzerne County

Grape Rock Farm

Dorrance Township • 56.1 Acres

The Silvetti Property provides vegetative natural communities and several wetland ecosystems necessary to support various species of wildlife, not to mention a diverse amount of plant species.

Areas of highest conservation value on the property include the emergent shrub/sedge wetland, vernal pools and the man-made pond, especially the vegetative buffers surrounding these wetland ecosystems. Several rare dragonfly species that are Pennsylvania Species of Special Concern, such as the slaty skimmer and Halloween pennant breed in these wetlands.

The open agricultural areas contain grassy fields that are periodically mowed support declining grassland bird species such as bobolink, field sparrow, eastern meadowlark and American kestrel.

The thick hedge rows and forested woodlots provide dense habitat that provides food, cover and wildlife corridors for mammals such as eastern coyote and whitetail deer and nesting habitats for forest interior bird species that includes scarlet tanager, ovenbird and red-eyed vireo. The roadside lanes and hedge row edges offers mixed vegetative layers that provide food and cover for various species of animals.

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