Management of Healthy Forests Field Tour
On a bright and sunny day last week, more than 30 landowners gathered in an arboraceous classroom at Bald Eagle Tree Farm to receive an in-depth look at forest management.

There, among the sights and sounds of the woods, attendees learned about land management practices that provide wildlife habitat, improve forest health, manage invasive species, and generate income.

Workshops on Forest Management, Competing Vegetation Management, Warbler Habitat Management, and Wildlife Clearings & Vernal Pool Habitats, rounded out the productive day which also featured optional field tours of a hemlock salvage cut, as well as an in depth demonstration on treatment for aggressive non-native plants.

The tour was offered as a part of the Scotia Barrens Young Forest Initiative, a ClearWater Project that provides advice and assessment of landowner goals, and offers opportunities for connection with natural resources professionals who are committed to restoring disappearing habitat along with the many wildlife species who depend on it.

If you’re interested in your land becoming part of a connected network of high-quality habitats and eco-systems, let's get in touch! Contact Suzy Yetter ( or 814-237-0400), ClearWater Conservancy's Conservation Projects Coordinator and organizer of the Scotia Barrens Young Forest Initiative.
ClearWater Conservancy Awarded Grant to
Conserve Windy Hill Farms
ClearWater Conservancy has been awarded a $133,672 grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) under its Watershed and Restoration Program and Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program—one of just 151 projects approved state-wide for 2019. The grant funding will help to permanently conserve the 28.85 acre Windy Hill Farms­ owned by the Pasquinelli family. 

“ClearWater’s perpetual conservation easement on the Pasquinelli property will ensure Windy Hill Farm is conserved forever. The Pasquinellis will continue to live on and farm their property. Much like the work we did on the Everhart and Meyer properties in 2017 as part of the Slab Cabin Run Initiative, this investment in conservation protects our community drinking water, improves the health of Slab Cabin Run and preserves the appealing agricultural character of our region.” –Deb Nardone, Executive Director, ClearWater Conservancy.

This easement acquisition is a continuation of the Slab Cabin Run Initiative–an effort that began by raising $2.75 million to permanently conserve the 300 acres of farmland and streams along Slab Cabin Run. The land lies in a vital portion of the Spring Creek Watershed, within the Source Water Protection Area for the Harter-Thomas wells which supply the majority of the drinking water to Centre Region residents.  
New Sights Along The Creek
As you find yourself walking beside the trickling water at Spring Creek Trail, you may notice something new.

New interpretive signs explaining the historical and ecological value of the creek have been installed at the Rock Rd. and Shiloh Rd. trailheads.

In the coming months, three more signs will be installed between Rock Rd. and Fisherman's Paradise.

The signs seek to highlight the rich history of the area, impart trail information, and identify noteworthy locations along the trail that heighten visitor experiences.

This project was completed by ClearWater Conservancy with help from partners Pennsylvania Game Commission, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Benner Township, Bellefonte Borough, and Centre County.
With ALL our Gratitude!!
This week we received 900 native trees, shelters, and stakes from Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Keystone 10 Million Tree Initiative. THANK YOU!

In addition to CBF's tree contribution, Growing Native nursery volunteers grew 1136 native trees and shrubs from locally sourced seeds and cuttings this year.

These trees and shrubs will be planted as a part of our stewardship efforts along stream buffers, in the Barrens to Bald Eagle Wildlife Corridor, and along Spring Creek in Houserville.

Stay tuned to get involved this Fall and volunteer on one of our planting days!
Upcoming Events
Fall Finale for Centred Outdoors

Join us for the last event of our extended fall season - A Walk in Penns Woods. This statewide event joins hikers from across the commonwealth to enjoy the gamelands, forests, and parks of PA.

October 6th 2:00-5:00 PM
Musser Gap Trail off of Rt 45
Crepe Flower Workshop
Join us on Friday, October 11th, at the ClearWater office for this FREE crepe paper flower making workshop.

Led by Creative Assistant, Sierra Keller, you will learn to make paper coneflowers.

Keep one of your creations as a souvenir and donate the rest to be displayed as decor at our Annual Meeting! Supplies and instruction are provided by ClearWater.

Registration required to reserve supplies!
Migration Mingle

Come out and learn about migrations big and small at ClearWater's Barrens to Bald Eagle Wildlife corridor! From large raptors making treks of thousands of miles to small amphibians roaming hundreds of yards, explore the world in motion and learn about the importance of a connected habitat!

October 13th 4:00-7:00 PM
Barrens to Bald Eagle Wildlife Corridor
Annual Meeting & Celebration

Join us for an evening of food, networking, and music - featuring local artists Keller & Higgins .

This is an opportunity to meet and elect board members as well as hear about current conservation work in the Scotia Barrens.

October 24th, 2019 5:30-9:00 PM
Good Shepherd Catholic Church
Port Matilda, PA
Art & Chocolate Winter Gala

Mark your calendar for this annual event!

An evening that won't disappoint. Bid on art from local artists, sample chocolaty confections, and enjoy mingling with fellow conservationists, all while supporting ClearWater Conservancy.
You won't want to miss out on this delectable affair!

January 31st, 2020
Ramada Hotel & Conference Center
iNeed iPads - Material Request
ClearWater Conservancy is in need of two iPads for informational tables, accepting donations, and event check-ins and registration.

The tablets should be functional, accept apple updates, and have Bluetooth connectivity (to sync with our payment processors).
They do not need to be new!

Feel free to check your closets for an older model that's gathering dust or check out our wish-list on amazon to gift us a refurbished model.

Your Gift Makes a Difference!
Your continued generosity is vital to continuing our conservation efforts. A contribution to ClearWater Conservancy is an investment in the overall resilience of our region, ensuring a vibrant and wonderful place to call home for countless future generations. Make a donation today and secure your membership for 2019.
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