Leafy trees shade a creek that flows over brown rocks.
Wright Creek Wright Creek at the Harry and Mary Goeringer Preserve © The Nature Conservancy/Pat McElhenney

Places We Protect

Harry and Mary Goeringer Preserve

Pennsylvania

Seasonal vernal pools and a dry oak heath forest warrant a visit to this preserve.

Named for Harry and Mary Goeringer, who established the surrounding community of Penn Lake Park in the late 1930’s, this preserve was once used a source of ice blocks that were exported to Philadelphia. Today, the property connects with parcels owned by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry, the Natural Lands Trust and the Wildlands Conservancy to extend a corridor of protected lands from Nescopeck State Park all the way to 6,400 acres protected at Bear Creek.

Location

Luzerne County, about four miles north of White Haven

Threats

The forest has been fragmented by residential development and compromised by a lack of fire. Gypsy moth and deer have also impacted the area’s natural habitat.

What’s At Stake

The preserve hosts a globally rare, Pennsylvania endangered plant species. Interior forest birds and wide-ranging wildlife species such as Scarlet Tanagers, Hermit Thrush and Rose breasted Grosbeak benefit from the preserve’s connection with other protected conservation lands.

Milestones

The Nature Conservancy acquired the Goeringer Preserve in 2012. TNC continues to manage the land to maintain a healthy forest canopy and look for opportunities to expand the corridor of protected conservation lands.

The preserve is open to the public for passive outdoor recreation such as hiking, bird watching and photography. It is also open for public hunting according to seasons and regulations established by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The Nature Conservancy does not allow trapping at this preserve.

Resources

Leafy trees shade a creek that flows over brown rocks.
Harry and Mary Goeringer Preserve
Seasonal vernal pools and a dry oak heath forest warrant a visit to the Harry and Mary Goeringer Preserve.

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