RECREATION & CONSERVATION

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In 1998, EC completed its Lower Wyoming Valley Open Space Master Plan.  In it, 10,000 of Earth Conservancy’s 16,500 acres were allocated for recreational, green, and conservation spaces.  The aim was to develop a “green infrastructure” that complemented existing features and encouraged future open space projects throughout the greater Wyoming Valley.

FAQs

EC's Mission of 10,000 Acres

In 1998, EC completed its Lower Wyoming Valley Open Space Master Plan.  In it, 10,000 of Earth Conservancy’s 16,500 acres were allocated for recreational, green, and conservation spaces.  The aim was to develop a “green infrastructure” that complemented existing features and encouraged future open space projects throughout the greater Wyoming Valley.  The plan proposed

  • 55 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails
  • six parks/heritage centers/recreation areas
  • 6,694 acres of conservation lands
  • 4,258 acres of open space
  • a residential golf community
  • a 37-mile scenic drive through the Wyoming Valley

EC has put many of these plans into effect, including the construction of the Mocanaqua Loop Trail System, the Penobscot Ridge Mountain Bike Trail, the Sugar Notch Trail, and the Greater Hanover Area Recreation Park. These projects, along with the thousands of acres we have transferred to the state forest system, have created numerous active and passive recreational opportunities throughout the region.

TRAILS & MAPS

HUNTERS’ ACCESS PROGRAM

Date:  Ongoing
Location: 
 Varies
Supported By:  PA Game Commission, Earth Conservancy

SUGAR NOTCH TRAILS

Date:  2009
Location:  Sugar Notch, Hanover Township, Warrior Run
Funded By:  PA Department of Transportation, Luzerne County, Earth Conservancy

PENOBSCOT RIDGE MT. BIKE TRAIL

Date:  2007
Location:  Newport Township
Funded By:  PA Department of Transportation, Luzerne County, Earth Conservancy

MOCANAQUA LOOP TRAILS

Date:  2003
Location: 
Conyngham Township / Newport Township
Funded By:  PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, Luzerne County, Power Bar Corp., Earth Conservancy

Recreational Notes:  EC’s recreation and green space areas are intended for non-motorized use only.  Although trash receptacles are provided at trailheads, we ask all park and trail users to practice principles of Leave No Trace to preserve the sites, including staying on trails, properly disposing of trash, and showing courtesy to fellow users.  You can learn more about the Leave No Trace mission at www.lnt.org.

 

PROJECTS

NEWPORT TWP. OHV STUDY

Date:  In-Progress
Location:  Newport Township
Funded By:  PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, Earth Conservancy

ASKAM WAYSIDE EXHIBIT

Date:  2016
Location:  Hanover Township
Funded By:  PA Department of Environmental Protection, Luzerne County, ARIPPA, Earth Conservancy

ASHLEY PLANES HERITAGE PARK

Date:  2012
Location:  Ashley Borough, Hanover Township, Fairview Township
Funded By:  PA Department of Transportation, PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, Luzerne County, Earth Conservancy

HANOVER AREA RECREATION PARK

Date:  2007
Location:  Hanover Township
Funded By:  US Department of Agriculture, PA Department of Community & Economic Development, PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, PA Department of Environmental Protection, PA Department of Transportation, Earth Conservancy