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By, Susan Sprout On spring hikes near shaded banks of shale rocks, I like to look for Early Saxifrage, a member of the Saxifrage family. Its appearance in the crevices of rocks helps me remember the unusual name of Saxifrage. It comes from Latin saxum (rock) and frangere (to break) – ” rock breaker”. Because of this, early herbalists used it for treating kidney stones and … Continue reading Underfoot: EARLY SAXIFRAGE »

Underfoot: Spring Beauty

By Susan Sprout Look around. There is much beauty to be found in the spring, and especially if it is a wild flower aptly named Spring Beauty!  Sometimes I have trouble finding them when they bloom. I’m either too early or too late. Last week, I was happy (and relieved) to find large colonial patches of two species of Spring Beauties native to North America. … Continue reading Underfoot: Spring Beauty »

Project on Plunketts Creek Recognized with Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence

“Every year the Environmental Excellence honorees show the creative and innovative ways we can improve our environment, and this year is no different,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “The projects highlighted this year show tremendous diversity in how they are making Pennsylvania a better place.” The Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy and Pennsylvania Game Commission’s efforts on Plunketts Creek at Proctor are being recognized with a Governor’s Award … Continue reading Project on Plunketts Creek Recognized with Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence »

April Showers and May Flowers

By Sara Schlesinger April showers truly bring May Flowers! While visiting easements in Columbia and Lycoming Counties this past week, I spotted several native wildflowers in bloom. Wood Anemone (Anemone quinquefloia) is a perennial flower in the buttercup family with 5 white petals and a distinctive musky smell. Being that they are one of the earliest blooming flowers in our region, wood anemones are a … Continue reading April Showers and May Flowers »

A Few Invasives to Watch for this Spring

As you’re working in your yard this spring and summer think about what invasive plants you have and whether or not you can remove them and clear them out. Invasive plants are often times beautiful to those who don’t know the ugly truth about them. Invasive plants, trees, and shrubs out-compete native species for resources and grow more rapidly than their native counterparts, and can … Continue reading A Few Invasives to Watch for this Spring »