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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The design work for the Active Treatment Plan (ATP) to address Abandoned Mine Drainage (AMD) on Coal Creek, Morris Run, and Fall Brook is moving along. If things go reasonably smoothly, the ATP will be constructed and online in 2025. 2025 sounds far away…until you realized November is half over and it’s almost 2023. Since that plant will be up and running before we know … Continue reading Tioga River Visit Looks at Erosion and Talks About Fish
By, Susan Sprout For the past two years, the NPC blog has informed folks about an intriguing homework assignment given by Dr. Chris Martine, Professor of Plant Genetics and Research, to his students at Bucknell University. They are required to count and record the number of different plants and plant parts used to prepare their annual Thanksgiving feast. The results of this social media campaign … Continue reading Underfoot: GETTING TO THE ROOT OF THINGS at #PLANTSGIVING TIME!
By, Susan Sprout I guess that most people usually expect to read about strawberries in the spring and summer. This small, low-growing perennial strawberry may just be creeping near the edges of your yard right now. Still mowing to mulch your leaves? Mock Strawberry or Indian Strawberry loves foot traffic AND mowing AND may still be blooming in your yard. Look for it! I took photos … Continue reading Underfoot: Mock Strawberry or Indian Strawberry
By, Susan Sprout How beautiful the leaves are this fall! Our hills and mountains appear upholstered with green leaves during the growing season. Now with the lessening of sunlight due to shorter days, the leaves have begun shutting down their food production. As the amount of chlorophyll, the green color, slowly fades from the leaves, other pigments in them become visible – xanthophylls (yellows), carotenoids … Continue reading Underfoot: STRIPED MAPLE AKA MOOSEWOOD
By, Susan Sprout Many odd, strange, and curiously costumed kids of all ages are out and about at the end of October. So, let’s take a look at a creepy, gelatinous growing thing that likes to live in and digest decaying logs. Heh! Heh! Heh! You can find Tremella in the forest – in the duff on the floor, or mysteriously appearing on hard and … Continue reading Underfoot: TREMBLING TREMELLA