RESCUE WEBSITE TO CLOSE
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.
LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS:
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
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
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
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."