Click on the links below for the results of our Public Meeting at Climbers Run on November 9th. You will find a short presentation about the Conservation Management Plan that will provide information about the future growth of our beloved preserve. Our next meeting will take place in February 2018. Date and time have yet to be announced…stay tuned!
Climbers Run Nature Preserve showcases working models of stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) such as a rain garden, established meadows and a wildlife habitat and stream restoration project which reduces the flow of polluted runoff into the Chesapeake Bay. These types of BMPs offer visitors opportunities to learn about functioning models that improve water quality and provide valuable wildlife habitat.
In 2014, the Conservancy partnered with Donegal Trout Unlimited for a restoration project along Climbers Run. Thanks to the generous support of Conservancy donors and Donegal Trout Unlimited, over $130,000 was raised for a wildlife habitat and stream restoration project. In the fall 2014, the Conservancy organized volunteer work days to tag critical habitat such as existing vernal pools, wetland communities, and native plants for preservation. After a slow start due to weather, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service started the project on February 3, 2015. Over 16 acres received invasive species management and 2,400 feet of stream underwent restoration. Volunteers removed invasive species and helped with trash cleanups. By March 18, nearly the majority of the heavy equipment work was complete. Ongoing organized volunteer activities continue to manage the buffer and monitor the restoration project.
The restoration project offers visitors a chance to observe native plant regeneration, study stream structures that protect and provide important fish habitat, and join efforts to maintain a healthy riparian buffer and forested landscape. Annual stewardship activities include trail work, invasive management, building renovations and general building maintenance, etc.
The Conservancy will continue to work with the neighboring landowners to protect the existing forested lands adjacent to our Climbers Run, Trout Run and Steinman Run preserves that are located in a designated Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Area within the Susquehanna Riverlands.