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Mid-Atlantic Network (MIDN)

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Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
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Location of Hopewell Furnace NHS in the Mid-Atlantic Network . Click for larger image.

The Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site is one of the finest examples of a rural American 19th century iron plantation. The park itself encompasses a total of 343 mostly wooded hectares (848 acres) and Two-thirds of the park is bordered by French Creek State Park which preserves the lands the furnace utilized for its natural resources. Hopewell Furnace NHS, French Creek State Park, a Natural Lands Trust preserve, and State Game Lands #43 comprise a contiguous tract of over 3,650 ha (9,000 acres) that are part of the Big Woods Project coordinated by the Natural Lands Trust.

The park contains some special habitat areas including vernal pools that are important to breeding amphibian species. The park is also home to numerous birds that are considered State Species of Concern, as well as several plant species that are either State Endangered or State Species of Concern.

The park currently faces numerous threats to its natural and cultural resources. Stresses from global warming, excessive deer browse, and the spread of invasive exotic species can have adverse effects on forest regeneration and preservation of valuable habitat areas.

In addition to the natural resource management activities being performed by park staff, scientists of the Mid-Atlantic Network Inventory and Monitoring Program have instituted several monitoring protocols to monitor the status and trends of natural resources at Hopewell Furnace NHS. These monitoring activities include: Air Quality, Benthic Macroinvertebrate, Forest Vegetation, Water Quality and Quantity, and Weather and Climate monitoring. To find documents regarding these programs, use the search box below or browse our document library.

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What's the difference?

A Checklist contains only those species that are designated as "present" or "probably present" in the park.

The Full List with Details includes all the Checklist species plus species that are unconfirmed, historically detected, or incorrectly reported in the park. The Full List also contains species that are "in review" because their status in the park hasn't been fully determined. Additional details about the status of each species is included in the Full List.

The Checklist will almost always contain fewer species than the Full List.

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