Kurmes Paradise Creek Nature Preserve
The 400-acre Kurmes Preserve was acquired in 2005. The acquisition was funded by the Monroe County Open Space Program, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), a bargain sale by the landowner and private donations. The preserve is bisected by SR-940, dividing it into two sections. North of SR-940, Tank Creek and Yankee Run along with some smaller watercourses form the headwaters of the Paradise Creek. These riparian areas have dense rhododendron and hemlock with other associated deciduous species. There are also a number of vernal pools. The upland area is predominately mixed oak often with a dense understory of mountain laurel. South or SR-940 is mostly dry upland with mixed oak.