Luzerne County

Keohane (East)

Black Creek Twp. • 81.8 Acres

The forested slopes of the Keohane East property lie along the south side of Nescopeck Mountain in southern Luzerne County near the tiny community of Tank. Named we think because of the steam locomotive watering tank station located there. the land includes steep forested slopes and rocky outcrops as well as spring seeps and a spring-fed pool surrounded by a forested buffer that protects its clear water and the creatures that live in and depend on it: amphibian species such as spotted salamanders, wood frogs, green frogs, pickerel frogs and spring peepers breed in this wetland.

The property’s unbroken forest provides habitat and wildlife corridors for eastern coyotes, black bear, whitetail deer and many other mammals, and nesting habitat for birds such as ovenbirds, pileated woodpeckers and red-eyed vireos. The property is also home to the uncommon eastern box turtle, a Species of Special Concern in Pennsylvania. This forest ecosystem also hosts five species of orchids, including the beautiful and increasingly rare pink lady’s slipper. The woodlands also protect the watersheds of Black Creek and Nescopeck Creek before they flow into the Susquehanna River, helping ensure clean drinking water for downstream communities.

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