In 2000, Barrett Township, Paradise Townships and Mount Pocono Borough began working together, along with the Monroe County Open Space Commission, to provide parks and recreation for area residents. In 2014, Mount Pocono withdrew from PARC.
Through the Commission, Skywood Park, Seven Pines Park and Ice Lake provide recreation opportunities and natural experiences for area residents.
(from the Monroe County Comprehensive Plan Update - December 2014)
"...As the County’s prime agricultural soils become increasingly scarce, the importance of protecting the future value of farmland as a food producing resource for generations of Monroe County citizens cannot be overemphasized. (page 64)
Failure to act will surely mean the devastating loss of a continual source of food, economic productivity, environmental and cultural qualities and the heritage of one of Monroe County’s prime assets. (page 65)
Open to the public. Park is partially wooded. Lots of room to run!
Welcome to the Pasold Farm Nature Preserve. This 64 acre parcel includes a quarter mile of Brodhead Creek frontage, and is a delightful example of a wide variety of habitats. Located off Spruce Cabin Road, (south of the Canadensis light on Rt. 447), cross the bridge and take the first right. Continue to the parking area on the left. Here you can see the old stone foundation that was once a barn. If you continue on the road there is additional parking on the right for the Community Garden, and at the end on the left.
Monroe County Open Space, Greenway & Recreation Plan43.24 MB (Draft 2013)
Open to the Public
Owned and managed by Paradise and Barrett Townships through the Pocono Area Recreation Commission
In 2014, the Buck Hill Conservation Foundation and the Buck Hill Falls Company jointly hired a forester to prepare a forest management plan for 4,330 acres of Buck Hill Falls, including Chestnut Mountain. The study by Green Leaf Consulting provides a comprehensive assessment of the property and lists recommendations for the conservation and restoration of the forest. The Plan suggests such strategies as adopting an aggressive herbicide control plan for invasive exotic species and the planting of such seedlings as red spruce, white spruce or other conifers on treated sites. The aim is allow seedlings to grow and shade out invasive hay-scented ferns and other unwanted vegetation.
As you ascend northwards along the lower half of the Blue Trail, look for wildflowers that are now competing with the invasive plants. The plan suggests that open, sunny areas could be converted to wildflower species, fruit bearing shrubs or saplings—all to attract wildlife species.
The degree to which we step in to shape the regeneration of this land is a decision that lies ahead. Meanwhile, nature is working to reclaim Chestnut Mountain with the native species that once thrived there.
The Buck Hill Forest Management Plan can be found at buckhillconservation.org.
Barrett Township has over 2300 feet of publicly accessible fishing along the Brodhead Creek in Cresco, PA. Access is along Pasold Farm Drive, off of Spruce Cabin Road:
Fishing licenses are required.
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