SAVING CHERRY VALLEY

AND ITS NATURAL RESOURCES

         

Just a few minutes from downtown Stroudsburg is a modest rural valley that has been treasured by local residents since it was settled in the early nineteenth century.  A Sunday drive along the fifteen-mile  long valley, which extends from Delaware Water Gap to Saylorsburg, has long been a popular scenic diversion. Bicyclists enjoy the quiet vistas and the absence of traffic.  Hikers on the Appalachian Trail look down on the meandering creek, woodlands and pastures, hoping to view hawks or eagles.   Farms in the valley are still called by names of residents who many years ago made their mark on this special haven from modern urban life.

Valley friends and residents, new and old, are working hard to conserve Cherry Creek, its watershed, its numerous and sometimes rare plants and animals, and to help farmers maintain the open fields and forests to be enjoyed by future generations. 

Nearly 2000 contiguous acres have already been protected by donation, purchase or easement. Assistance has come from local landowners, conservation organizations, the Monroe County Conservation District, and local, county and state government.

More support is needed than is currently available, so residents plan to invite the National Fish and Wildlife Service to consider establishing a National Wildlife Refuge by purchasing land from interested and willing sellers. The Fish and Wildlife Service is interested in the idea. Refuge status would bring significant financial resources to help meet the area’s conservation and development concerns.

A Refuge typically allows recreational uses, but it is not a National Park. The many plant and animal species to be protected are of more scientific than popular interest, so, although regulated visiting of refuges is permitted, public use would  likely not be extensive. 


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