Northeastern Pennsylvania

R.E.S.C.U.E. of Northeastern Pennsylvania, protecting, preserving, and restoring the environment.

Since we will be closing this website at the end of this year 2012, we are offering the following list of other local, environmental organizations, as a resource for local environmental information that we have tried to provide in the past.

Management of The R.E.S.C.U.E. Ben Stone Scholarship Program is being transferred to the offices of the Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains. The Community Foundation assists donors, both individuals and organizations, with the long-range planning of their support for charities in the Endless Mountains. They provide information, ideas, professional advice, and personalized assistance. Their knowledge and experience will help us realize our goals. They are an independent, non-profit financial institution. They manage Funds that benefit charities by protecting the investment, achieving growth, and providing a perpetual source of income. Their Directors and Staff are our neighbors who will work with us to help make our area a better place to live. Joyce Stone, along with other R.E.S.C.U.E. members, will continue to determine the scholarship winners into the foreseeable future.

1030 Main St.
Honesdale, PA 18431

SEEDS is a community-based organization in Northeastern Pennsylvania committed to developing a local renewable energy infrastructure and promoting more sustainable living in our area. SEEDS was founded in 2008 by a group of passionate, engaged community members and in 2009, registered as an official 501c3 non-profit.

To create a market for local renewable energy infrastructure, SEEDS organized six hands-on training workshops that focused on Solar Photovoltaics, Solar Thermal, and Small Scale Wind. Each workshop was an intense three to five day session with highly qualified certified instructors at reasonable cost, drawing trades-people from neighboring areas and states. These trainings provided nearly 60 local contractors, residents and business professionals with hands-on installation experience and top of the line training in renewable energy. Several of these trainees have earned Pennsylvania Sunshine certification. Two have achieved certification from the North American Board of Certified Energy Providers, NABCEP, and now own successful solar installation companies.

"Projects in process: training of solar photovoltaic installers, do-it your self solar, training lay people to work with local electricians to install solar panels, working to enhance public transportation, improving public and private vehicle fuel efficiency, help with the New Green School in Hamlin, PA; free energy auditing for homes and farms; forums (listed on the SEEDS review) are well attended and all are to promote and educate the populace about the green movement in our backyard."

The Rail-Trail Council of NEPA, Inc.
Their Mission statement:
The basic intent of the RTC and its trail plans is to enhance the quality of life for the people who live, work and visit the Endless Mountains Region of NE PA. The D&H and O&W Rail-Trails will:
- provide free recreational opportunities
- protect the Lackawanna River corridor and its upper branches
- provide river access for fishing, nature study, kayaking
- stimulate economic development: retain and attract businesses, stimulate new business
- increase property values by making communities more desirable
- increase recreational and heritage tourism
- preserve and highlight the early transportation routes of anthracite coal
- provide routes for alternative transportation to work, school or town
- provide a site for special activities as benefit runs, biking clinics...
- reestablish the links between small towns that once thrived with railroad activities
- help build community partnerships
- provide environmental benefits by protecting natural resources and habitats
- provide educational opportunities, both historical and environmental.
Friends of the Upper Delaware
Their mission statement:
"To protect, preserve and enhance the ecosystem and cold-water fishery of the Upper Delaware River System and to address any environmental threats to our area for the benefit of local communities, residents and visitors to the region. The group has been active in clean-ups of the river, stream restoration projects, river flow management, and anti-fracking. FUDR spearheaded the Delaware Watershed Conservation Coaltion. The coalition includes Trout Unlimited, American Rivers, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Federation of Fly Fishers, Theodore Gordon Fly Fishers, and others. The coalition we formed allows sportsmen and conservationists to speak with a single voice on the issues affecting the Delaware River."
The Delaware Highlands Conservancy

The Delaware Highlands Conservancy is an accredited land trust dedicated to conserving the natural heritage and quality of life in the Upper Delaware River region in partnership with the region's landowners and communities.

For the Conservancy, the phrase, natural heritage, is vital. It implies much more than nature as "resource." Nature as our heritage communicates the multi-generational tradition of our region's people living in and from special relationships with our lands and waters - our farmers and foresters, hikers, hunters, fishermen, and families who love living where they have room to roam, and where they can share space with deer, bear, and eagles. Our natural heritage is as much the farm and forest products that support our local economies, as it is our pristine waters and healthy woodlands. Protecting and sustaining our natural heritage now and for future generations is the responsibility of all the citizens of our region.

The Conservancy is committed to protecting our natural heritage and sustaining our rural quality of life by focusing on the connections between people, healthy lands and waters, and strong local economies.

"Through our land protection efforts and community outreach, the Conservancy connects our region's local communities to the importance of actively supporting and sustaining our farms, forests, and waters. With the support of our members and strong core of citizen volunteers, we conserve the precious agricultural and forest lands vital to healthy local foods, clean drinking water, biological diversity, outdoor recreation, and to the overall beauty and quality of life we enjoy in the Upper Delaware River region."

The Delaware Valley Raptor Center
(570) 296-6025

The Delaware Valley Raptor Center, located in Milford, PA, is a private, not-for-profit, tax-exempt state and federally licensed rehabilitation organization dedicated to the rehabilitation and conservation of birds of prey (hawks, eagles, owls, falcons, and vultures). "Our goals are to provide humane professional care for orphaned, ill, and injured raptors so they can ultimately be returned to the wild, healthy and no longer dependent upon humans for survival. We also strive to foster a greater appreciation and respect for all wildlife through public education programs and the publication of the DVRC Journal."

Mission Statement
R.E.S.C.U.E. is a regional non-profit organization dedicated to protecting, preserving, and restoring the environment. R.E.S.C.U.E.'s purpose, achieved through volunteer activism and education of the public, is to ensure that future generations will enjoy the benefits of clean air, clean water, and a healthy environment.

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Wayne/Susquehanna R.E.S.C.U.E. Public Meeting 2011
Learn more about Sustainable Energy, Energy Programs and Incentives at RESCUE's Public Meeting featuring SEEDS on Wednesday September 21st, 2011
Wayne/Susquehanna RESCUE's annual meeting will feature a presentation by SEEDS, which stands for Sustainable Energy Education & Development Support, Wednesday, September 21st, 2011 at 7 PM at Forest City High School Auditorium, 100 Susquehanna St., Forest City, PA 18421.
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The Wayne/Susquehanna Chapter of R.E.S.C.U.E. has made a cash award of $100.00 to six graduating seniors, class of 2011 in the six school districts within WAYNE/SUSQUEHANNA R.E.S.C.U.E. geographical boundaries.
Qualifications for the award include good citizenship, leadership in an environmental area, past interest in environmental projects, and/or the possibility of a future career in an area that would benefit the environment.
This years recipients are Nicole Chrzan from Western Wayne High School; Rebecca Harvey from Honesdale High School; David Smith from Forest City Regional High School; Gary Resti from Hancock Central High School; David Winn from Susquehanna Community School District; and Mary Skurnowicz from Mountain View High School.
Congratulations to the winners in 2011!
2011 Benjamin B. Stone Scholarship Awards
R.E.S.C.U.E. is proud to announce the 2011 recipients of the Benjamin Stone Environmental Scholarships available to graduating seniors in Susquehanna and Wayne Counties.
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The Board of Wayne /Susquehanna R.E.S.C.U.E. would like to offer the following with respect to the proposed draft regulations related to natural gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin:   Frack wastewater should be legally considered as "hazardous waste" and treated as such before the DRBC  issues any permits.
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It has come to our attention that a permit application has been submitted to the DEP by a gas company for the purpose of building a road through the Lyncott Landfill in New Milford, Susquehanna County. Click here to read more...
Wayne/Susquehanna R.E.S.C.U.E. Public Meeting 2010
R.E.S.C.U.E.'s Audience Urges the DRBC To Wait for More Information
Ms. Carol Collier, DRBC At the September annual public meeting of Wayne/Susquehanna R.E.S.C.U.E., guest speakers, Ms. Carol Collier, the executive director of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), and David Kovach, staff geologist, delivered presentations on the issues and impacts of natural gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin and then answered questions from the audience at the Forest City High School auditorium in Forest City, PA.
Download more information: Ms. Collier's bio,
the meeting announcement, the meeting re-cap.

Left: Ms. Carol Collier, executive director of the DRBC.
Photo courtesy of Roy Morsch.
Ben Stone Environmental Scholarships Awarded
R.E.S.C.U.E. is pleased to announce the three recipients of the 2010 Benjamin Stone Environmental Scholarships. Click here to read more...
Congratulations High School Graduates of 2010
R.E.S.C.U.E. has made a cash award of $100.00 to six graduating seniors, in the six school districts within Wayne/Susquehanna R.E.S.C.U.E. geographical boundaries.
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Let Your Voice Be Heard
The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) does listen to and appreciates hearing from concerned citizens, so NOW is the time to let your voice be heard. The following information is being provided to you because of the importance of the upcoming decision to be made by the DRBC regarding the two projects sponsored by Stone Energy.
Download more information about the DRBC projects and a sample letter to DRBC.
R.E.S.C.U.E.'s Position on Natural Gas Drilling
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DEP Regulations on Wastewater Treatment
R.E.S.C.U.E. has recommended changes to the new DEP regulations on wastewater treatment. Click here to read more...
Links Added
We've added links to web sites and a video that promote awarness about current issues that we are facing. Click here to read more...
Wayne/Susquehanna R.E.S.C.U.E. Public Meeting 2009
on Gas Exploration and Our Drinking Water Attracts Large Audience.
At a September 2009 meeting in Forest City about 128 people attended a meeting presented by the environmental group Wayne/Susquehanna R.E.S.C.U.E. to learn more about the effects of gas drilling from three speakers. Click here to read more...
R.E.S.C.U.E. Sponsors Delaware Valley Raptor Center program
R.E.S.C.U.E. once again sponsors the Delaware Valley Raptor Center (DVRC) program at the Forest City Regional annual 6th grade science camp. Click here to read more...

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