Luzerne County

Liberty Baricin Preserve

Fairview Twp. • 25.4 Acres

The Liberty Baricin Preserve is an entirely forested parcel of land on the southern/eastern edge of Penobscot Mountain in Fairview Township, Luzerne County. Located very close to Game Land #207, the property provides a scenic view to anyone driving on Liberty Street in Mountain Top.

Its 25-acres include a hemlock palustrine forest, forested wetlands and streams. The streams harbor fish such as black-nose dace, creek chub and native brook trout as well as amphibians like mountain dusky and northern two-lined salamanders, which live only in cold, unpolluted streams. Mink and raccoon also live here, as do birds such as the barred owl and the nationally declining Louisiana waterthrush. The streams feed into Big Wapwallopen Creek (another Cold Water Fishery), helping to provide clean drinking water for downstream communities.

The riparian forest and hemlock palustrine forest host spectacular densities of native wildflowers such as mayapple, gaywings, dwarf ginseng, wood lily, and common blue violet, as well as Luzerne County’s largest known population of the uncommon large purple-fringed orchid.

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