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AAS 2019 Annual Appeal -

Deadline Saturday, June 15

CENTRAL PA CONSERVANCY: PROTECTING THE KITTATINNY CORRIDOR

The Kittatinny Ridge slices through Appalachian Audubon chapter territory as it stretches across Pennsylvania and beyond human borders, providing habitat and a migration corridor for wildlife. Mostly forested, only one third of the corridor’s land is protected by a patchwork of federal or state ownership, land trusts, and conservation easements. The majority is privately owned, leaving it vulnerable to fragmentation by development or unsustainable timber harvest.

Central Pennsylvania Conservancy (CPC), a local land trust, actively protects land that is essential to Kittatinny’s wildlife. Additional benefits of preservation include ecosystem services like carbon sequestration, safeguarding water quality, and outdoor recreation opportunities.

CPC is this year’s Annual Appeal recipient for preservation work
in the Kittatinny Corridor.

These three projects are supported by the appeal:

>> The Spangler Project on Blue Mountain in Dauphin County will acquire 86 acres protecting two miles along the ridge and securing access to Boyd Big Tree Conservation Area from Blue Mountain Parkway.

>> Flemish Down, a 400-acre property on Peters Mountain, will be acquired for transfer to the state. It includes the Appalachian Trail near the Peters Mountain Shelter and Table Rock View and adjoins State Game Lands #211, Ibberson Conservation Area, and Clarks Creek, a high quality trout stream.

>> The natural diversity of Brady Bryner Preserve in Juniata County includes Cerulean and Golden-winged Warblers. CPC needs funds to purchase a 36-acre inholding and prevent fragmentation of valuable habitat. Support from organizations like AAS can make a big difference in the success of a grant proposal for a small project like this.


May Activity -
Various Dates

Harrisburg Falcon Watch

Volunteers will have the opportunity to observe and help young Peregrine Falcons as they leave the nest at the Rachael Carson Building in Harrisburg. As the fledglings attempt their first flights, the Harrisburg Falcon Watch team is on the lookout for mishaps or injuries. For more information, contact Sue Hannon at hbgfalconwatch@gmail.com. Information on dates will become available after the eggs have hatched.