180 Protected Acres Expand Pocono Area Maple Tract Preserve

Wildlife habitat protected for osprey, bald eagles, goshawks and Northern Flying Squirrel

180 Protected Acres Expand Pocono Area Maple Tract Preserve

In March 2013, Wildlands Conservancy announced the purchase of 180 acres of significant natural habitat in Tunkhannock and Tobyhanna townships, Monroe County to add to the organization’s land holdings.

Adding acreage to our 482-acre Maple Tract Preserve, the property will protect a portion of the Tunkhannock Creek and wildlife habitat for notable species including osprey, bald eagles, goshawks and a population of Northern Flying Squirrel, a “state endangered” mammal species, which has been confirmed on the property. The parcel is critical to connecting other preserved lands and is in close proximity to Wildlands’ 1,593-acre Thomas Darling Preserve and the nearby State Game Lands #127, which is a 25,527-acre area.

Through this purchase, Wildlands has made the property open to the public, and with future trails planned, the parcel will be open for passive recreation including hiking, hunting and wildlife viewing.

Wildlands acknowledges the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Monroe County for provided funding for the purchase, and the former owners of the property, the Haase Family, for their cooperation in the purchase.