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  • A volunteer described Moosic Mountain as a '1,500-acre playground' amidst Pennsylvania’s best example of ridge-top heath barrens, a mosaic of stunted pine and oak forest dominated by huckleberry, blueberry and other low-lying shrubs. © George Gress/TNC
  • The dedication last fall of the new trail system was a banner event for the 65 volunteers, who had contributed 775 hours to cut the trails through thick brush and remove more than 500 abandoned tires from the site. © Patrick von Keyserling/TNC
  • As volunteers carved eight miles of new hiking and biking trail across the Dick and Nancy Eales Preserve at Moosic Mountain, in northeastern Pennsylvania, even Conservancy stewardship staff made new discoveries about the site. © Patrick von Keyserling/TNC
  • Moosic Mountain is a windswept, wild and rugged corner of Pennsylvania, packed with outdoor opportunities, just a couple hours from Harrisburg, Philadelphia and New York City. © George Gress/TNC
  • The Conservancy saved the landmark, which overlooks Scranton from a peak of 2,200 feet, from becoming a business park in 2001, and has worked with volunteers to build a wild retreat among the rocks and knee-high heath and blueberry plants. © George Gress/TNC
  • Moosic Mountain is one of the largest intact scrub oak/heath communities left in North America. It also is home to three rare natural communities and at least 18 rare species, as well as being a great birding spot for more common species like this hermit thrush. © USFWS
  • The prairie warbler, black-and-white warbler, chestnut-sided warbler, hermit thrush and broad-winged hawk are among the breeding bird community at Moosic Mountain, which also is home to the globally rare sallow moth and barrens buckmoth. © USFWS
  • Although Moosic Mountain harbors rare species, it’s also a hardy, rugged place, with austere beauty through the winter months, blueberries and wildflowers in summer, and stunning year-round views of the Lackawanna Valley. © Patrick von Keyserling/TNC
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