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  • A Model for Mine-Scarred Land Reclamation and Reutilization

    Organizational Summary through 2016

  • Vision Statement: EC will lead and partner with communities in the reclamation of mine-scarred lands and streams, returning strong economic, environmental, and social value by creating a well-planned vibrant valley, protected by green ridge tops.

    Mission Statement: Earth Conservancy is a nonprofit organization committed to the reclamation and return of 16,000 acres of former coal company-owned land to the region. It collaborates with local communities, government agencies, educational institutions, and the private sector to spearhead the creation and implementation of plans that restore the land's economic, recreational, residential, and ecological value. To achieve this objective, Earth Conservancy:

    1. Develops sustainable land-use plans

    2. Commits to provide 10,000 acres for recreation and open space

    3. Leads reclamation efforts of mine-scarred lands and water resources, and guides their reutilization

    4. Funds its work through sale of ECs land and other resources, and through public and private sector partners

    5. Partners with local communities to achieve our mission

    6. Educates the community-at-large on environmental issues, the benefits of reclamation, and effective land-use planning.

    Vision and Mission Statement

    In Total: 49 Projects / $47,353,000 invested

  • Board of Directors & Officers

    Chairman John D. McCarthy, Jr.

    President McCarthy Tire Service Co.

    Vice-Chairman Rev. John J. Ryan, CSC, PhD

    President, Kings College

    Treasurer Thomas E. Lawson, PE, PLS

    EVP Client Development & Quality Borton-Lawson Engineering

    Secretary Daryl Pawlush

    Projects Principal Penn Eastern Engineering

    President/CEO Michael A. Dziak

    Earth Conservancy

    John E. Cavanaugh, Jr. President

    Central Clay Product Co.

    Kelly M. Ciravolo, Esq. Anzalone Law Offices

    Joseph A. Frank, Jr. President

    Centralia Coal Co.

    Michael J. Johnson Realtor (retired)

    Thomas P. Leary President, Luzerne County

    Community College

    Kathy L. Pape President, Pennsylvania

    American Water Co.

    Joseph C. Hillan Supervisor, Newport Twp.

    Dept. of Public Works

    Holly T. Frederick, PhD, PE Associate Professor, Environmental

    Engineering, Wilkes University

  • Past Board Directors

    Original Earth Conservancy Board of Directors

    Christopher Breiseth* A. Peter Kanjorski (deceased)

    James Manley (deceased) Herbert Nash (deceased) Harold Rose (deceased)

    Susan Shoval Harold Snowdon, Jr. (deceased)

    Eleanor Winsor Joseph Yudichak

    Margaret Bakker Stephen Barrouk

    Thomas Blaskiewicz Robert Ciaruffoli Mark Dingman*

    Joseph Frank, Sr. (deceased) Joseph Gilmour

    Anne Glauber (deceased) Joseph A. Hillan (deceased)

    Diane Kopcha Katlic Rev. James Lackenmier

    Gary Lamont John Larson

    Robert Matley Bernard McGurl Robert Mericle

    John Moran (deceased) Lawrence Newman Rev. Thomas OHara

    Edward Schechter (deceased) Rhea Simms*

    Marleen A. Troy

    Past Members of the Board of Directors

    * Served as Board of Directors Chairperson

  • Land Activities to Date

    Land Holdings (purchased 1994) 16,496 acres @ cost of $14.6 million* Sold 7,899 acres valued @ $30.5 million (over 500 transactions)

    Donated 289 acres valued @ $3 million

    Total acres sold or donated 8,289 acres

    Total acres remaining 8,207 acres

    * Direct Return to Community = $8 million local taxes, $3.7 million State/Federal government, $2.4 million Black Lung Fund Annually, over $630,000 of real estate taxes is generated from Earth Conservancy properties that have been reclaimed and sold for productive use.

    Open Space/Recreation Open Space: objective 10,000 acres, to date 6,300 acres Recreation Fields: soccer/football/all-purpose fields, 35 acres Trails: three trail systems, 20 miles

    Industrial/Commercial Lands (786 acres) Hanover Crossings / Hanover Industrial Estates expansion Hanover 9 Bliss/Truesdale (1,000+ acres, future)

    Residential (1,203 acres) Hanover Fairway Hills; Nuangola Woodland Acres; hundreds of individual lots sold Large parcels available in Sugar Notch, Hanover Township, Plymouth Township, and Newport Township

    Transportation Initiatives South Valley Parkway: 3.5 miles @ estimated cost of $84 million Route 115/Exit 168: connector road being re-evaluated

  • Land Use Planning

    1996 Land Use Plan

    1999 Wyoming Valley Open Space Master Plan

    1999 Mixed Use Master Plan/South Valley Parkway Project

    2003 Interstate 81 Exit 168/Route 115 Connector Road Master Plan

    2005 All-Terrain Vehicle Feasibility Study

    2006 Plymouth Township Land Use Feasibility Study

    2008 Reuse Analysis and Sustainable Redevelopment Framework for Earth Conservancy South Valley Corridor Lands

    2012 Hanover Crossings Phases 3 and 4 & Hanover 9 Land Use Plan

    Complete copies of ECs land use plans can be found on our website, www.earthconservancy.org

  • The Land Use Plan | 1996

    Identified 3,000 mine-scarred acres that will cost an estimated $200 million to reclaim

    Earmarked 2,200 acres for economic development; 2,800 acres for residential development; and 10,000 acres for open space

    Proposed new transportation system that will create safer and easier access to community amenities, developable land and future reclamation sites

    Note: All colored land parcels are owned by EC Green circle connotes initial reclamation focus Orange circle connotes secondary reclamation focus Red circle connotes future reclamation focus

  • Franklin Bank

    1. The 15 acres of Franklin Bank, adjacent to a residential neighborhood, were covered in large piles of mine spoils. Here, construction vehicles work on earthmoving operations. 2. Aerial view of the reclaimed Franklin Bank site. 3. In 2010, Franklin Bank was purchased by a private developer, who is currently constructing approximately 45 two-story duplex homes on the site.

    2009 | 15 acres | Hanover Township

    Project Cost: $337,000

    Funded by USEPA and Earth Conservancy

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  • Greater Hanover Area Recreation Park

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    1. Aerial view of site prior to reclamation activities. 2. Reclamation activities during Phase I of the project. 3. Aerial view of the completed Greater Hanover Area Recreational Park and the Sugar Notch reclamation project, which includes the Sugar Notch Trail System.

    2011 | 65 acres Hanover Township & Sugar Notch

    Project Cost: $1.9 million

    Funded by USDA, PADEP, PADOT, PADCED, Luzerne County,

    Private & In-kind Contributions, and Earth Conservancy

  • Huber III & Huber IV

    1. Aerial view of the Huber Bank prior to reclamation. 2. Aerial view of the reclaimed Huber site. 3. In 2014, Huber III and IV were sold to an international development company. In 2016, Northpoint Development purchased the site. Construction is now underway on one of the three buildings in the 2 million SF industrial park.

    2013 | 185 acres | Hanover Township

    Project Cost: $9.4 million

    Funded by PADCED and Earth Conservancy

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  • Hanover 9




    1. Section of Hanover 9, pre-construction. The site was marred by deep mining pits, filled with stagnant water. 2. View of constructed wetlands on Phase I of Hanover 9. 3. View of reclaimed site. Older-growth trees were preserved during work.

    2014 | 149 acres Hanover Township & the City of Nanticoke

    Project Cost: $1.6 million

    Funded by PADEP, USEPA, and Earth Conservancy

  • Bliss Bank, Phase I

    1. View of the mine spoils on Bliss Bank, Phase I. 2. After grading, the site was covered with a layer of topsoil prior to seeding. 3. View from the completed Phase I reclamation project. A large detention basin can be seen at right.

    2016 | 36 acres | Newport Township

    Project Cost of $1.6 million

    Funded by PADEP, USEPA, and Earth Conservancy

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  • South Valley Parkway Project

    Now under construction, the South Valley Parkway was originally proposed in Earth Conservancys Land Use Plan in 1996.

    The intent of the South Valley Parkway (SVP) was to create a safe route to and from Luzerne County Community College and into Newport Township, and to remove heavy traffic from Middle Road and nearby residential areas in Hanover Township. The roadway, which will begin at

    Exit 2 of S.R. 29 and end near Kosciuszko Street, will consist of 3.5 miles of new road, upgrades to existing roads, and improvements to sections of Middle Road - including roundabouts at Kosciuszko, Espy, and Prospect Streets - to ease congestion at intersections. The SVP will also

    give access to thousands of acres of Earth Conservancys reclaimed lands like Hanover 9 and Bliss Bank.

    Roundabout at Espy Street Completed bridge section Continued work on bridge

  • Espy Run Wetlands & Enhancement

    2008 | AMD Mitigation | Hanover Township

    Project Cost of $240,000

    Funded by USEPA and Earth Conservancy




    1. AMD pooled near Espy Run through a seep. 2. Systems inlet trough, where water enters into the settling ponds from the Espy discharge. 3. Cleaner water flows from the settling ponds via an outlet into a polishing c