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Underfoot: Yellow Wild Indigo

By Susan Sprout What an enjoyable afternoon we had at the top of Highland Mountain, gazing toward the horizon across Sullivan County and being serenaded by American Towhees with their “Drink your tea” songs! If that wasn’t great enough, looking across the clearing, I spied lots of small yellow flowers on squat shrubby-looking bushes. A new plant to explore…one whose name I did not know. … Continue reading Underfoot: Yellow Wild Indigo »

Board of Directors Elected by Members

A quote we use frequently is from Margaret Mead – “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” It reflects the many board members who over the years have helped the Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy along the way. At the June annual membership meeting we said goodbye to four long time board members … Continue reading Board of Directors Elected by Members »

Underfoot: American Sycamore

By Susan Sprout Getting a forkful at Forksville this week, afforded me the opportunity to visit several of my favorite Sycamores, AKA Planetrees. that live along Loyalsock Creek. In Pennsylvania, some have matured to absolutely huge proportions when left alone to keep growing: one in Philadelphia County is over 149 feet tall; Delaware County has one 404 years old; one in Chester County has a … Continue reading Underfoot: American Sycamore »

Northern Maidenhair Fern

These elegant-looking perennial ferns, preferring acid soil and partial shade, are likely to be found on wooded slopes and ravine bottoms that are moist. They “brown-up” early in summer when they are too dry. Northern Maidenhair Fern or Adantium pedatum is the Eastern North American native of this genus growing world-wide that has nearly two hundred different species in it.  I love looking for their … Continue reading Northern Maidenhair Fern »

Phelps’ Mills Canoe Access Celebrated

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams joined the Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy (NPC) and local supporters for a dedication ceremony at the Phelps Mills Canoe Launch on Pine Creek in the Tiadaghton State Forest in Pine Creek Township, Clinton County just across the Creek from the borough of Jersey Shore. “The story of the Phelps Mills Canoe Launch is a … Continue reading Phelps’ Mills Canoe Access Celebrated »