The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

May 6, 2013

Linn Conservancy Sponsors Pink Lady’s Slipper Walk

The Daily Item

— LEWISBURG — Pink Lady’s Slipper, also known as the Moccasin Flower, is a large, showy wildflower belonging to the orchid family. Several colonies of this flower, which is endangered locally, grow on a wooded, rocky slope that is part of a Snyder County Linn Conservancy easement. Dick and Donna Constant, landowners and Linn Conservancy Board members, are inviting hikers to walk the woods on trails that cover more than 30 acres of ridge, at 11 a.m. May 11. “Although the path is good, it is steep in places and sturdy shoes are recommended for walkers.” Constant says.    

Pink Lady’s Slippers take many years to become mature plants, and seed-bearing harvest of wild Lady’s Slipper root is not considered sustainable. Although Pink Lady’s Slippers can live to be 20 years old or more, because of their specific habitat requirement these particular colonies are moving on the Constant property according to their light and food requirements. Other woodland flowers may be in bloom, depending on spring temperatures. Light refreshments will be provided for those who wish to visit together after the walk. For further information and directions, call 837-7777.