Do you remember where you were on Saturday, July 30th 2011? Well I can tell you where the staff of NBLT and 55 friends were that day. We were paddling the mighty Susquehanna River from Meshoppen to the Howland Preserve just north of Tunkhannock …and what a day it was.
Let’s examine the facts! Weather; sunny with nary a cloud in the sky and the temperature hovering around 83.5 degrees. Water; warm but cool enough to provide relief from the heat should you be so inclined to take a dip which many did. Wildlife; lets just say National Geographic could have done a cover story. A plethora of interesting fauna and flora was spotted to include many sightings of our national symbol, the magnificent Bald Eagle. One actually performed barrel roles in the sky above. Something I have never witnessed before and am hard pressed to figure out. Maybe he or she was just happy to be an eagle in flight on a gorgeous day? History; we learned about some of the history of the Native Americans and first settlers to the area and their bond with the river. Food; we stopped for lunch on a shaded island and enjoyed some rest, swimming, and good conversation.
As always all good things must come to an end and this river sojourn was no exception. We ended at the NBLT Howland Preserve where we toured the beautiful grounds, sat by the river and shared some refreshments, and loaded our gear for the ride back to reality. Now I know many could not make the trip due to prior commitments such as, mowing the grass, washing the dog, cleaning the gutters, going to the dentist…etc. and I respect that but consider this: We in NE PA have so many wonderful natural resources close by and it is often easy to take them for granted and if we maintain that attitude one day they might not be available to us.
As a private non profit land conservation organization North Branch Land Trust (NBLT) is at the forefront of land conservation and responsible land development efforts throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. Since 1993 NBLT has conserved or protected about 11,000 acres of our regions most pristine natural assets. NBLT is an Accredited member of the national Land Trust Alliance (LTA) and is one of over 1700 private non profit land trusts that have protected millions of acres across the United States. Find out more at www.nblt.org .
Paul Lumia is the Executive Director of the NBLT. http://www.nblt.org
The NBLT mission …work in partnership with landowners and their communities to conserve the scenic, natural and working landscapes that sustain us…