Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Gains Powerful Allies
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and The Nature Conservancy will join forces to protect more than 2,400 acres of sanctuary forestland for generations to come. “Hawk Mountain sits on the Kittatinny Ridge, a globally significant migration ‘superhighway’. Our goal is to protect this international flyway and to guarantee that our refuge for raptors—and the people who enjoy it—stays forever wild,” says Hawk Mountain President Sean Grace. “The Nature Conservancy presented us a tremendous opportunity through its Working Woodlands program.”
Over the course of three years, the two conservation leaders implemented a creative approach to conserve the sanctuary, including placing the majority of its landholdings in a perpetual conservation easement.
Bill Kunze, executive director for The Nature Conservancy in Pennsylvania, says, “Not only does Hawk Mountain benefit, but so do other organizations. We’ve already co-hosted with Hawk Mountain a two-day workshop that connected the best minds in key forest management issues such as deer over-browsing and invasive plant management.”