Thursday, August 29, 2019

Brodhead Watershed Assn. Hosts Sept. 21 Hike To Goose Pond Dry Flood Control Dam In Monroe County

The Brodhead Watershed Association will host a September 21 hike to the Goose Pond Dry Flood Control Dam in Barrett Township, Monroe County with the Monroe County Conservation District from 10:00 a.m. to Noon.
During major storms, this dry dam fills, slows the water, and controls its release, keeping a wall of debris-laden water from inundating homes and businesses downstream.
Adam Schellhammer, district manager of Monroe County Conservation District, which maintains the dam, will lead the hike and explain why the area’s dry dams are so important.
On the way to the dam, hikers will also pass through multiple habitats in a few minutes — a healthy wetland full of native cattails, a rocky barren outcrop with reindeer lichen, and pollinator-laden meadows: moths, bumble bees, honey bees, butterflies, grasshoppers, crickets, and more. 
Overhead, eagles are sometimes seen, as are wading birds, ducks, geese and an elegant great blue heron. Wood turtles also put in appearances.
This is a mostly easy, out-and-back walk of about 2.25 miles on a wide, grassy trail. One section leads steeply down to the creek. Tick protection is essential.
The hike is free, but registration is required. Directions will be given at time of registration.  To register, call 570-839-1120 or 570-629-2727 or send email to:
This hike is part of the Get Outdoors Poconos series administered by Brodhead Watershed Association and supported by a grant from the William Penn Foundation.
For more information on programs, initiatives and other upcoming events, visit the Brodhead Watershed Association website.  Click Here to sign up for regular updates from the Association.  Click Here to become a member.

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