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The Park of 1889 in historic St. Michael, Pennsylvania was the location of the 2006-2007 National Wildlife Federation Habitat Stewards™ Project hosted by Natural Biodiversity. The Park is located atop the previous bed of Lake Conemaugh, the dam of which broke to cause the Johnstown Flood of 1889, killing over 2000 residents downstream. The goal was to develop a unique habitat for humans and wildlife by planting the proposed tent-only camping site with a diverse population of plant species native to Pennsylvania.

Natural Biodiversity and partners selected and planned the project over one year, with implementation following in two phases during 2006 and 2007. The results: involvement of over 270 volunteers and planting of over 900 individuals, representing over 50 plant species. With partners, Natural Biodiversity established a healthy environment for local wildlife and an enjoyable experience for visitors to the park.

The habitat improvement was made possible with the cooperation and assistance of National Wildlife Federation, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Forest Hills School District, Alternative Community Resource Program, Adams and Croyle Township Recreational Authority, AmeriCorps, Department of Conservation of Natural Resource’s Bureau of Forestry, and the Cambria County Conservation District.

Click here to see a video about this project.

     Park of 1889 Video (28mb)



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