For several years, tree mortality at Talen Energy’s Shuman Point Natural Area increased due to gypsy moth defoliations, deer browsing and other environmental stresses. Earlier this year, a timber harvest was completed, which resulted in a healthier, more diverse forest. Biodiversity will flourish as new species inhabit the area, including Pennsylvania’s state bird, the ruffed grouse.
As a result of the harvest, Talen Energy is donating the profits totaling $3,460 to Lacawac Sanctuary to help fund their Watershed Education and Awareness Program. Lacawac’s Watershed Education and Awareness program operates in local schools and afterschool programs to teach natural resource sciences, ecosystem management, and watershed stewardship. Students learn scientific methods and gain valuable watershed knowledge through hands on and engaging environmental science lessons.
“We believe that the watershed program’s mission is well aligned with our own responsibility to protect the natural and scenic integrity of Lake Wallenpaupack” said Katie Lester, Talen’s manager of community relations. “By providing education about the importance of watersheds, Lacawac is helping to protect the future of Lake Wallenpaupack.”
"The future well-being of our local watersheds will soon rest in the hands of its youngest citizens. Establishing strong, targeted environmental education programs now provides a vital foundation for these future watershed stewards. Talen Energy helps us to train the next generation of stewards” said Craig Lukatch, President of Lacawac Sanctuary.
Since its inception in 1966, the mission of Lacawac Sanctuary has been to preserve Lake Lacawac, its watershed, the surrounding forest and historic structures; provide a venue for ecological research, scholarly interaction and the training of scientists; provide public education on environmental and conservation issues; and conserve open space in Pennsylvania. For over 40 years, Lacawac has accomplished this mission by offering a diverse set of natural areas, facilities, and programs for K-16 and post-secondary educators and students, area residents, scientific researchers, and summer visitors to the region. Lacawac is located on the southwestern shore of Lake Wallenpaupack in Lake Ariel. For additional information on Lacawac call 570-689-9494 or visit www.lacawac.org.
Photo: (left to right) Katie Lester, Talen Energy, Craig Lukatch, Lacawac President & Executive Director, and Jenna Mauder, Lacawac Environmental Educator & Naturalist.
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