The Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy (NPC) is a land trust devoted to conserving and enhancing the lands and waters of Northcentral Pennsylvania to support the environmental well-being and recreational needs of local communities.

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A Flat Tire for One Leads to Help for Many

NPC’s members have always understood that when we work to conserve a property through a partnered acquisition we should be ready to help ensure people recreating and using the property can do so safely. This means helping with infrastructure needs in areas where we’ve added land to the state system. This time, staff realized what was needed through their own bad luck. A flat tire while … Continue reading A Flat Tire for One Leads to Help for Many »

Teamwork on Halfmoon Creek

The second week of August the stream partnership worked on a project on Halfmoon Creek in Centre County. The Centre County Conservation District is working with the landowner on some management changes. The District is using funding partially from Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). When DEP’s watershed manager was reviewing the project on site with the District, he asked if the landowner had been … Continue reading Teamwork on Halfmoon Creek »

Better Access Less Sediment on State Game Lands 252

The War Department condemned the town of Alvira in Union County, PA in 1942 in order to establish a munitions manufacturing facility. Known locally as “the Ordnance,” the site used water drawn out of the West Branch Susquehanna River below Montgomery to manufacture munitions for the war effort during World War II. Eighty years later, the Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy worked with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, … Continue reading Better Access Less Sediment on State Game Lands 252 »


By, Susan Sprout A rather unusual-looking plant got my attention recently, and I found out it has an unusual name as well. Three-seed Mercury sports three green seeds (yellow as they mature) in the middle of spiked bracts that have five to nine triangle-shaped pointy ends sticking out on all sides of them. These points must have resembled wing feathers thrust out because someone, somewhere … Continue reading Underfoot: THREE-SEED MERCURY »

Underfoot – A GATHERING OF TRUE BUGS (Eastern Boxelder Bugs)

By, Susan Sprout I was surprised recently by a large amount of insects sitting on the leaves of some Great Lobelia plants.  Maybe “amazed” would be a better word for it. There were a lot of them. I needed to identify them and learn why they were gathering there. Here’s what I learned – they are our native Eastern Boxelder Bugs. Considered “true” bugs because … Continue reading Underfoot – A GATHERING OF TRUE BUGS (Eastern Boxelder Bugs) »