• 150,000 trees were planted with help from the Conservancy about 400 yards from where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed into the ground on September 11, 2001. The Flight 93 National Memorial project helps to restore an old strip mine.
  • Three hearty female bog turtles were documented during an annual survey at the Conservancy’s Acopian Preserve in southeastern Pennsylvania. At ages 55, 54 and 43, they are likely the oldest documented bog turtles anywhere in their range!
  • Conservancy reintroduction efforts launched in 2012 could soon restore the American chestnut tree to Brush Mountain and the rest of Penn’s Woods. Since 1904 a disease called chestnut blight has decimated the species.
  • The Conservancy’s Appalachian program staff is working in partnership with counterparts in China’s Yunnan Province. Each with temperate broadleaf deciduous forests, the two Conservancy teams will exchange knowledge about forest conservation and shared threats, including climate change.
  • Using Conservancy research as a guide, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission released draft water withdrawal regulations to meet human needs while better addressing the habitat needs of fish, mussels and aquatic animals.
  • A regional Conservancy science team identified the Pennsylvania Wilds, Endless Mountains and Poconos as strongholds for nature in the face of climate change. If protected, these regions should be strong enough to continue providing functioning and intact ecosystems to support healthy human and natural communities.
  • The Conservancy secured Forest Stewardship Council certification for the Bethlehem Authority’s 22,000 acres of land. Developed here in Pennsylvania, the Conservancy’s agreement with the Bethlehem Authority to preserve its watershed, certify timber and market carbon credits is the first of its kind anywhere.
  • The Pennsylvania Chapter signed a cooperative agreement with the Bureau of Forestry to plan and implement prescribed fire on its 2.2 million acres across the state. Controlled burns are an important management tool in maintain ecological balance and function.
  • The Pennsylvania Chapter celebrated its largest protection effort in the Appalachians with a 5,200-acre conservation easement on Lock Haven City Authority lands. The deal pushes our protection efforts in the state past 80,000 acres.
  • The Conservancy and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers signed an agreement to assess how reservoir operation on the Monongahela River impacts the downstream ecosystem. Results will help guide future conservation efforts.
  • With your help, 2013 can be another year of success for conservation in Pennsylvania.
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