Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Earth Conservancy Hosts Feb. 11 Virtual Public Meeting On Potential Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area In Luzerne County

Earth Conservancy will host a February 11 virtual public meeting on a potential Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area in Newport Township, Luzerne County from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

In 2019, Earth Conservancy conducted a study of its land holdings in Newport Township.  The takeaway: very little of the acreage was suitable for traditional development.  

What was also apparent was the woods, rocky terrain, steep slopes, views of the Susquehanna, and even the remaining mine-scarred lands created a prime area for conservation and potential recreational use.

In 2020, Earth Conservancy was awarded a grant from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to formally assess some 10,000 acres in the area.  

The study will pick up where Earth Conservancy’s 2005 ATV Feasibility Study left off, reevaluating partners and demand, conceptualizing a park layout, and, importantly, ascertaining management options and financial viability.

Online Survey

In addition to the public meeting, the Conservancy is inviting public input through an online survey.  Click Here to take the survey.

Public Meeting

Information on how to be part of the public meeting will be posted on the Earth Conservancy Facebook page.

For more information, visit the Earth Conservancy's Newport Township OHV Study webpage.

To learn more about programs, initiatives, other upcoming events and how you can get involved, visit the Earth Conservancy website.

[Posted: January 19, 2021]  PA Environment Digest

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