Pennsylvania Projects

Click one of the stars on the map below to read more about the state's featured projects. Or click the names of the color-coded Priority Areas in the key to learn more about GLARO's conservation focus. The blue dots represent one or more conservation projects on which DU has worked. Project information comes from annual state Conservation Reports, available in our Resource Library.

Pennsylvania by the Numbers (as of 01/01/10)

  • Total acres conserved: 24,662
  • Technical assistance acres: 43,168
  • Amount spent on projects: $11,731,609
  • You can find additional statistics on Pennsylvania's state fact sheet.

Pennsylvania projects map  Doug Dresch Farm Truckenmiller Project Mary Lapos Project Lake Erie Potomac Lower Susquehanna Lake Ontario Delaware Bay

Pennsylvania conservation staff

Kurt Dyroff
Manager of Conservation
Annapolis Office

Breaking Ground at Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area

The restoration and enhancement of 639 acres of wetland habitat at the Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area (WMA) wetlands complex, located in western Crawford county Pennsylvania, began this fall.  This effort, driven by Ducks Unlimited and the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC), aimed to restore and enhance areas of the WMA which are most vital to waterfowl breeding and migration. These improvements are crucial to maintaining the long term habitat stability which migratory waterfowl, waterbirds, and other wildlife depend upon.

Within Pymatuning WMA are some of the largest and most productive wetlands in Pennsylvania. These critical habitats support breeding waterfowl, migratory birds, several endangered, threatened and special concern plant and animal species, and also provide valuable recreational and educational experiences.  Prior to the current restoration, many of the aging water control structures on the WMA had become dysfunctional, resulting in the degradation of habitat.  The impoundments, which once supported a wide diversity of vegetation and provided excellent forage for waterfowl, had transitioned into open water and were overtaken by spatterdock (Nuphar lutea), with interspersed dense stands of  swamp loosestrife (Decodon verticillatus) and cattail (Typha spp.) in the absence of suitable management. These aggressive species were far less valuable to waterfowl, and contributed to a drastic reduction in plant diversity and habitat suitability to wildlife.

Recognizing the importance of Pymatuning WMA to waterfowl populations, Ducks Unlimited worked in cooperation with the PGC to secure funding and support from a wide range of partners: the Wildlife for Everyone Endowment Foundation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Reliant Energy, the Richard King Mellon Foundation, and numerous other supporters. Ducks Unlimited used this support to leverage additional funding through a North American Wetland Conservation Act grant and a Pennsylvania State Wildlife grant. Upon final completion this summer, 14.7 acres of palustrine emergent wetlands will be restored and an additional 624.3 acres will be enhanced.  Another significant accomplishment for our conservation efforts in Pennsylvania!

Wetlands conserved in Northumberland County

Ducks Unlimited partnered with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to conserve 16 acres of palustrine emergent wetlands and two acres of associated uplands in Northumberland County. Funding for this project was made possible through the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP), which is funded by the NRCS.

Truckenmiller project
The Truckenmiller project in Northumberland County

The USFWS and Ducks Unlimited provided key technical assistance for permit acquisition and construction management. The wetland complex lies within the Upper Susquehanna River watershed and provides critical breeding habitat for waterfowl, as well as American woodcock, yellow-breasted chats, spotted turtles, golden-winged warblers and Canada warblers.

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Wetlands restored in Montour County

In November 2007, Ducks Unlimited partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Foundation for California University of Pennsylvania to restore six acres of palustrine wetlands in the Chesapeake Bay's Potomac priority area. The project (Mary Lapos project) is located in Montour County, adjacent to the Northumberland County line. The project restored an agricultural field, which will address many wildlife species' needs for high-quality wetland habitat.

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Wetlands restored in Lebanon County

In October 2007, Ducks Unlimited partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Foundation for California University of Pennsylvania to restore 3.3 acres of palustrine wetlands in the Lower Susquehanna priority area. The project is located along Swatara Creek in Lebanon County. Swatara Creek is known for its spring wood duck production and wintering American black duck populations, as well as for being a popular roosting area for migratory Atlantic Population Canada geese.

The finished product at the Doug Dresch Farm in Lebanon County

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