District Dinner Celebrates Pike County Forest Initiatives
The Pike County Conservation District Board will be celebrating the important forest landowner initiatives currently ongoing in Pike County at their Annual Dinner on November 8, 2013. Pike County forests, both public and private, represent one of the largest contiguous forested tracts in eastern Pennsylvania. The forest resources of Pike County are not only an asset to county residents but also provide important benefits for over 16 million people downstream in the metropolitan areas of Philadelphia, New York, and New Jersey. Additionally, Pike County’s large tracts of public and private forestland are critically important to water quality, scenic rural character, and wildlife habitat. Our forests also support recreation and tourism as well as the forest product economy in our region.
These important forest resources serve as a huge water and air purification system and are of critical importance to the high quality and exceptional value waters of the county. Forests provide filtration of water pollutants in critical groundwater recharge areas and along stream corridors. They also provide protection from thermal stress on water resources by providing forest canopy cover for our critical headwaters streams.
For these reasons, the promotion and protection of our forested resources is of utmost importance to the overall resource protection efforts in Pike County. The role private and public forest stewards play in protecting these essential resources is one that should be applauded.
The Pike County Conservation District and other partners within the region have been working with private landowners on some exciting forest landowner initiatives. The District will share some success stories at this year’s District Annual Dinner which will be held Friday, November 8, 2013 at the Best Western Inn at Hunt’s Landing in Matamoras, PA starting at 6:00pm. This event is open to the public. Cost for dinner is $30.00 per person, payable to the Pike County Conservation District. Please RSVP before November 1, 2013 at (570) 226-8220 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Michele Ulmer, Administrative Manager, Pike County Conservation District