June 2014 NewsFlash

Delaware Highlands Conservancy Announces Native Plants Walk, Saturday June 14

Delaware Highlands Conservancy Announces
Native Plants Walk, Saturday June 14

Upper Delaware River Region - Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy for a Native Plants Walk on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at the Forest Reserve at Smallwood in Sullivan County, NY from 10am to 12:30pm. Renowned author and botanist Dr. Ann Rhoads will lead the walk and discuss, illustrate, and answer your questions about native plants and their habitats.

Dr. Rhoads’ books include “The Plants of Pennsylvania,” “The Vascular Flora of Pennsylvania,” “Trees of Pennsylvania,” and most recently, "Aquatic Plants of Pennsylvania." Dr. Rhoads was the Director of Botany for Morris Arboretum and taught Botany at the University of Pennsylvania.

The 134-acre Forest Reserve at Smallwood in the town of Bethel, NY was once slated for a 200-townhouse development. Now, this beautiful public park and community treasure is protected forever with a conservation easement with the Delaware Highlands Conservancy. Its protection grew from a model public-private partnership started by Preserve Smallwood Country Life and between the Conservancy, the Bethel Local Development Corporation, the Town of Bethel, and Sullivan County, with support from the Common Waters Fund.

“We’re looking forward to the first of many educational and community events to be hosted on the Forest Reserve property, and are excited about our ongoing partnership with the Delaware Highlands Conservancy,” states Bethel Town Supervisor Dan Sturm. “The whole community benefits from this protected space, and the Native Plants Walk is a great opportunity to get outdoors and learn more about this special property.”

This walk is free and open to the public, but prior registration is required. To reserve your space and receive directions, please call the Delaware Highlands Conservancy office at 570-226-3164 or 845-583-1010 or email Wear sturdy footwear and dress for the weather.

The Delaware Highlands Conservancy works in partnership with landowners and communities to protect the healthy lands and forests, clean waters, eagles and eagle habitat, locally sustainable economies, and quality of life in the Upper Delaware River region. For more information on the Conservancy and how it connects people to the lands where they live, work, and play, visit

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