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Donations matched dollar-for-dollar until December 31, 2017!

See details below.

For a printable brochure about the project, click here.

Fundraiser golf tournament on Oct. 9! Click here for details and downloadable form..

 

The campaign to create Brodhead Creek Heritage Center

Brodhead Watershed Association and Pocono Heritage Land Trust are partnering with Stroud Township in a campaign to make ForEvergreen Nature Preserve in Analomink a natural hub of community life connecting people, land and water. 

 

In addition to providing much-needed office space for PHLT and BWA, Brodhead Creek Heritage Center will house space for educational displays of native birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and plants, hands-on science programs, and public and private talks, shows and events.

 

The life cycle of Pocono brook trout (the state fish) will be featured, and fly-tying and fly fishing lessons offered.

Kid-friendly displays of how water “recycles” will be installed, including the ever-popular chance to get wet! 

 

A planned exhibit will be “The Story of the Brodhead: Birthplace of American Fly Fishing,” highlighting this stretch of the Brodhead and its pivotal, historic role. A display "From Creek to Tap" will show how the Brodhead becomes drinking water for millions.

 

An eagle-cam is planned to give an up-close look at the preserve’s resident eagles as they maintain their nest and feed and raise their young, with monitors in the education center and a live feed visitors can follow online. 

 

Other outdoor resources will be geared to different age- and interest-groups — a natural-materials playground for toddlers and preschoolers, interpretive trail signage, trail-cams to capture wildlife activities, habitat enhancement and interpretation, and pure water testing sites.

 

The Brodhead Creek Heritage Center is designed to provide space for multiple uses:

 

• Rotating display space focusing on water science— the story of fly fishing, conservation exhibits and “how water works” education about creeks and groundwater, vernal pool demonstration, water quality art and photography

• Water education class space available to local environmental education centers

• Streamwatcher training in how to monitor and report water quality data.

 

 

 

Fundraising is under way

 

Please join people throughout Monroe County who care about our land and water by making a gift to the Brodhead Creek Heritage capital campaign. ESSA Foundation and the county commissioners, among others, have pledged support toward the goal of $750,000.

 

An anonymous donor will match gifts, dollar for dollar, between now and December 31, 2017 – up to $50,000 – making your gift twice as valuable!

 

To help make the Brodhead Creek Heritage Center a reality for the community, please donate by sending a check made out to PHLT to:

Pocono Heritage Land Trust, PO Box 553, Pocono Pines, PA 18350

 

OR DONATE ONLINE!

 

 

 

$50K gift to new Brodhead Creek center calls

for matching donations

 

An anonymous donor has pledged to match gifts up to $50,000 toward construction of the Brodhead Creek Heritage Center at ForEvergreen Nature Preserve.

 

“We are so grateful for the overwhelming generosity of the donor, who has ties to our area that go back generations,” said Bob Heil, executive director of BWA. “Through this match, anyone who donates $100 will in effect be making a $200 gift through this program.”

 

“The preserve protects the water of the Brodhead Creek,” said Cindy Miano, executive director of PHLT. “And the creek provides drinking water for thousands of people throughout our area. The center will be a focus for water science and land use at the heart of the county.”

The match ends Dec. 31, 2017. To donate, call BWA at 570-839-1120 or PHLT at 570-424-1514, or mail a check to Pocono Heritage Land Trust, PO Box 553, Pocono Pines, PA 18350.

 

 

THE PROJECT BENEFITS PEOPLE, THE COMMUNITY, OUR ECONOMY

 

People need nature. Countless studies demonstrate the benefits of nature in human life — reducing stress, combating obesity, enhancing fitness, improving concentration and creativity, even helping mitigate specific conditions, such as Attention Deficit Disorder in children, high blood pressure, and anxiety.

 

Playing and learning together creates and supports a community. The preserve offers trout fishing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, hiking, birding, and other low-impact outdoor pursuits, along with lively educational programs, that appeal to audiences of all ages and pocketbooks at the Brodhead Creek Heritage Center.

 

Activities at the center and throughout the preserve will be guided by principles of good stewardship. By maintaining and enhancing the natural landscape, restoring native habitat, protecting critical green, forested areas along the creek — and engaging visitors in this work— we aim to awaken and strengthen a love of the natural world in every visitor.

 

The mission of BWA and PHLT will be significantly supported by having permanent offices in a visible location. People are already actively using ForEvergreen Nature Preserve. Being physically located in this central part of the county will introduce more people to the organizations, the work we do, and the benefits of our work to every resident. Currently housed in tiny donated spaces, new, appropriate office space more in keeping with the missions of BWA and PHLT will provide opportunities for scaling up activities. Management time will no longer be focused on “making do” and can be given entirely to fulfilling the groups’ combined mission.

 

Support to local businesses. A bike shop just opened in Stroudsburg up Main Street from the locally owned running store. Hikes run by the BWA have attracted 687 registrants in just over two years. Camping sites are booked solid in summer.  How-to-fly-fish programs draw dozens of people. The boom in ecotourism is only beginning — and means economic benefits will accrue to local inns, restaurants, and outfitters as visitors to the Poconos discover and use the preserve. Located along and visible from a heavily travelled route between the Stroudsburg and the mountain towns, the preserve is easy to access.

 

 

ABOUT BRODHEAD WATERSHED ASSOCIATION
& POCONO HERITAGE LAND TRUST

 

These two local organizations, each operating for more than 25 years in Monroe County, have together been responsible for protecting the area’s high-quality drinking water – and the land it depends on – throughout the Brodhead watershed.

 

Brodhead Watershed Association is a grassroots organization, founded in 1989 by a group of citizens concerned about the impacts of hyper-development on water quality. The mission is to protect and enhance water quality and quantity in the greater Brodhead watershed. Successes include: assembling scientific data over two decades on stream health, educating the public and elected officials on how water works and how they can help keep drinking water pure, advocating smart water policy, installing and advising on green infrastructure to keep water safe.

 

Pocono Heritage Land Trust is a grassroots organization, founded in 1988 by a group of citizens determined to protect the scenic beauty of the Poconos. The mission is to conserve sensitive lands, including farmland, ridge tops, and the headwaters and tributaries of the Brodhead, Paradise and other creeks and streams of the Poconos. Using many conservative options, such as conservation easements, as well as outright purchase, PHLT currently has under protection more than 4,000 acres.

 

 

ForEvergreen Nature Preserve is a community space owned by Stroud Township and dedicated to connecting people, land, and water through recreation and education.

 

ForEvergreen is at 1539 Cherry Lane Road, Analomink. Click on the thumbnail to see a larger map.

 

The 40-acre former golf course is now a nature and fishing preserve open to the public. Bordered by Brodhead Creek, the preserve protects this important source of drinking water. Trout fishing here has been famous for generations, and this exact stretch of the Brodhead is known as the birthplace of fly fishing in America. The creek’s clear, pure waters are home to naturally reproducing native trout.

 

Protecting this land protects scenic quality and wildlife while helping to protect drinking water safe for thousands of people downstream.

 

 

 

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