Pocono Heritage Land Trust celebrates 35th anniversary

Environmentally conscious organization committed to preserving land

Brianna Mydosh, Staff writer

Ever hear about the Pocono Heritage Land Trust? If you haven’t, here’s what you need to know!

Pocono Heritage land trust began in 1984, when a group of local people came together for the preserving land and keeping our area healthy and green.

“A group of local people were dedicated to preservation of the natural landscape and protection of valuable resources in the Poconos, noticed a lack of environmental protection. They saw a need and they filled it. Due to direct efforts of Pocono Heritage Land Trust and the folks who have been involved along the way, over 4,000 acres of land in our area have gained permanent protection,” said Ms. Shannon Gardner, an Outreach Coordinator at Pocono Heritage Land Trust.

Pocono Heritage Land Trust has accomplished so much over the year, and they are showing no signs of slowing down.

“We will be celebrating many accomplishments such as volunteer of the year, Jim Connor and the Pomeroy McMichael Creek Nature Preserve, which is our newest 70 acre preserve that we have been talking about buying for 40 years,” said Executive Director Louise Troutman. “Another event we will be celebrating is our relocation at Broadhead Creek Heritage center, 1539 Cherry Lane, East Stroudsburg.”

The group will be hosting a dinner at Pinecrest Lake Golf Club to celebrate. The event will be from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and the featured speaker will be Mr. Bill Leonard.

Leonard is a member of Tobyhanna Conservation association and he will be going to speak about the history of Brady’s Lake.

“We are at a time when at the local and global level, environmental issues cannot be ignored without the risk of serious consequences.” said  Shannon Gardner.

The Pocono Heritage Land Trust has plenty of events going on currently, and the public is always invited to visit the center to learn more.

Students who haven’t gone to these events or heard about PHLT, have recently been intrigued.

“I think that what they’ve done to keep the town green and protect the environment is so inspiring.” said sophomore Tiffany Kuras.

If you find this event intriguing, or would like to participate in other events within PHLT, and want to know more information about it, simply click here.