NBLT Protects 385 Acres Along Bald Mountain

Posted on: August 7, 2013

If you look toward to southeast when driving south on the cross-valley expressway in Wilkes-Barre you cannot miss the windmills atop Bald Mountain in Bear Creek Township. As of this writing, the woodlands and watershed lands below the windmills have been permanently protected.

Since the fall of 2011, NBLT has been working closely with the landowners, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and Natural Lands Trust out of Media PA to acquire and protect this diverse piece of property. The property is unique in that it is a transition property between two distinctly different geophysical regions. To the northwest is the Anthracite Valley Section of the Valley and Ridge Province and to southeast is Glaciated Pocono Plateau Section of the Appalachian Plateau. Also interesting is the fact that the property straddles two massive watersheds. All water to the northwest of the property flows to the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay, and all the water to the southeast flows to the Delaware River and the Delaware Bay.

Funding for this acquisition 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 entire staff and Board of Directors of NBLT are grateful to have been part of this wonderful conservation project. This conservation effort is a shining example local, regional and state partners working together to protect those special and scenic natural landscapes that sustain us. Another important piece of northeastern Pennsylvania’s natural heritage has been conserved.

Any landowners or other stakeholders interested in learning about land conservation options or interested in supporting the Land Trust’s mission to conserve precious lands in perpetuity or volunteering at NBLT can contact the Land Trust at (570) 696-5545 or via their website at www.nblt.org.

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