What: Dedication of a new nature preserve -- The Harry and Mary Goeringer Preserve -- protected by
The Nature Conservancy through the generosity of Carolyn Goeringer Basler, with financial assistance from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), Bureau of Recreation and Conservation. The preserve dedication will kickoff Penn Lake’s 75th Anniversary celebration weekend.
When & Where:
- Friday, August 2, 2013
- 3-3:30 pm Dedication Ceremony followed by a guided nature walk through the new nature preserve
- Rain or Shine
- Penn Lake Community House
- Carter Road and Lakeview Drive, Penn Lake Park Borough
- Luzerne County four miles east of White Haven
Who: The preserve is named for Harry and Mary Goeringer; Harry established the surrounding community of Penn Lake Park in 1938. In 2012, the Goeringers’ daughter, Carolyn Goeringer Basler, sold 390 acres, at a bargain price, to The Nature Conservancy, which purchased the land to maintain a healthy forest, protect a rare species and extend a wildlife corridor. The Preserve connects with State Game Land 119 and extends the corridor of protected lands from Nescopeck State Park all the way to 6,400 acres protected in Bear Creek.
Potential On-site Interviews:
- Ellen Ferretti, Acting Secretary Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
- Carolyn Goeringer Basler
- Ralph (Bud) Cook, Director, The Nature Conservancy, Northeastern Pennsylvania Office
- Tim Lenahan, Mayor, Penn Lake Park Borough
- Jack Kile, Council President, Penn Lake Park Borough
- Dan Cronauer, President, Penn Lake Park Association
Why: The Goeringer Preserve will be open to the public for passive outdoor recreation such as hiking, easy biking, bird watching, and photography.
Visuals: Guided nature walk through new nature preserve.
Directions from Interstate 80:
From I-80 Eastbound: Exit 273 (White Haven – 940). Left at end of ramp onto Church Street. 0.3 miles to right onto Berwick Street (following signs for 940). 0.2 miles to third left onto Towanda Street for approximately four miles. (Note Towanda changes names to Chestnut Street, Middleburg Road and then Cross Drive.) Left on Carter Drive into Penn Lake. If you go under PA Turnpike, you’ve gone too far. Penn Lake Community House at 2nd stop sign (corner of Lakeview and Center Drives).
From I-80 Westbound: Right at end of ramp onto Church Street and continue from directions above.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.
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