New undiscovered old-growth area in Silver Lake, Susquehanna County PA?

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New undiscovered old-growth area in Silver Lake, Susquehanna County PA?

Post by BeeEnvironment2020 » Wed Mar 31, 2021 4:00 pm

Ents,
I have been meaning to report this for quite some time, so I'll post about it now.

In "Penns Woods 1682-1932", written by Edward Wildman, the last chapters of the book describe old-growth remnants throughout the state of PA.

Wildman, and Francis R. Cope Jr. (part of the PA forestry Association in 1932), who helped write the chapter, appeared to have been highly educated in this field (and knew what they were talking about), because they explained about virgin forest tracts such as Cook Forest State Park, the thousands of acres at Ricketts Glen State Park, the 4100 acre old-growth tract at Tionesta, and the 120 acres at Heart's Content.

Anyhow, in the chapter, they also describe a currently unknown ~1000 acre old-growth forested area in Susquehanna County as follows:
Not so many outside of Susquehanna County seem to know that lovely tract of some 1000 acres around Silver Lake, partly covered with virgin hemlock, pine and hardwood. It too would make a perfect little State or County Park or a beautiful memorial forest. But, alas, its present owners cannot hold it much longer and, like the East Tionesta Forest [Now known and preserved as the Tionesta Natural Area], its destruction now only awaits a more favorable market
According to recent google imagery, there is still a large forest around Silver Lake, which is a good sign. If the tract is indeed 1000 acres or more, it would still be worth preserving probably.

What does anyone think?

BeeE.

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Re: New undiscovered old-growth area in Silver Lake, Susquehanna County PA?

Post by dbhguru » Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:14 am

BeeE,

This is a significant discovery. Dale Luthringer would be an excellent person to visit the site and report on it. Dale has a keen eye for old growth. He then could contact others in academia and in state government. Just a thought.

Bob
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Re: New undiscovered old-growth area in Silver Lake, Susquehanna County PA?

Post by BeeEnvironment2020 » Wed Apr 07, 2021 2:45 pm

Hi Bob,

I contacted Dale recently, and he said it was an interesting discovery that he may be able to check out someday if he gets the chance to visit Salt Springs State Park, just 4.5 miles east of Silver Lake.

Lets hope there are some impressive trees left!

BeeE

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