The Pennsylvania Natural Diversity Inventory (PNDI) gave 60 Bragg Hill a clearance today for screened endangered plants, terrestrial invertebrates, natural communities and geologic features. Last month, The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) expressed a preliminary concern about a potential for the existence of six endangered plant species on the site including:
- Andropogon gyrans (Elliott’s Beardgrass)
- Aplectrum hyemale (Puttyroot)
- Scleria pauciflora (Flowered Nutrush)
- Senecio anonyma (Plain Ragwort)
- Spiranthes vernalis (Spring Ladies’-tresses)
- Tipularia discolor (Cranefly Orchid)
By state request, we employed the services of a licensed botanist to ascertain the existence of the above plant species. We hired Janet Ebert who conducted a thorough botanical field survey and provided DCNR with a detailed report of her findings: that despite the rich biodiversity of the site, there is no evidence that this parcel of land could support these six endangered plants.