The Lacawac Sanctuary Foundation Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Roy Chesseri of Lake Ariel, to chair its 2012 Annual Appeal. Under his leadership, the preserve's fund drive is set to launch this coming week.
Lacawac Sanctuary is a non-profit 540 acre nature preserve on Lake Wallenpaupack, with the distinction of being both a National Natural Landmark and having its core buildings listed on The National Historic Registry. In 2011 Lacawac was named a Pennsylvania Wild Plant Sanctuary by the DCNR. The centerpiece of the preserve is pristine Lake Lacawac, a glacial Lake formed nearly 13,000 years ago. A wide variety of universities are actively engaged in exploring this "natural barometer" in an attempt to identify and quantify the early warning signals of various local and global environmental threats.
According to Chesseri, the preserve is led and operated by volunteers and is funded through supporting memberships, grants and this annual fund raising appeal. It does not receive government operating money nor is it heavily endowed.
"Many within our communities have enjoyed visits to Lacawac for hiking, nature photography, bird watching, Geocaching and many other outdoor activities. Even more have broadened their environmental experiences attending some of our more than 60 workshops, seminars, enrichment programs and guided hikes or paddles. We hope that they will show their support by responding positively to our appeal so that Lacawac can continue to be big part of our community in the years ahead," stated Chesseri.
Lacawac is currently in the process of contacting all its members, volunteers, visitors, workshop attendees and environmentally conscious community friends to ask for their support this month. Those who would like to help can visit the Lacawac web site at www.Lacawac.org for information on how to support the Lacawac Sanctuary 2012 Annual Appeal.
Lacawac Sanctuary is a non-profit community based organization dedicated to a partnership of the preservation of the natural environment, public education and scientific research. It is open most days to the public to visit, hike and explore and to participate in the numerous educational and outdoor programs offered. For more information about membership, program offerings, or to support Lacawac's Annual Appeal, call 570.689.9494 or visit www.Lacawac.org