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PA Frontier has New Name, Identity

July 12, 2010

ERWINNA, Pa. - A Pennsylvania woman is hoping people will feel a closer bond to part of the state's modern-day frontier, now that she's given it a name. The Pennsylvania Highlands is a 1.4 million acre region of fertile farmland, streams and lakes, and it contains many species of plants and animals that are threatened or endangered.

Dr. Martie Kyde, who is with the Delaware River Greenway Partnership, decided to give a new identity to the unnamed hub of the Highlands where she lives.

"This is a really important region and I think we can probably get people to think of it as an important region to protect if it has a name and we can call it something."

Kyde got permission through proper channels and enrolled the help of a chief from the Lenape tribe, whose people have lived in the area for centuries. After paring the list down to several choices, the decision was made to call the hub with no name, the Welakamike Woods. A recent traditional Lenape ceremony made it official.

Kyde says pulling the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania into the process seemed like a natural step.

"This was their homeland. This area is so rich in Lenape artifacts, so I felt it was really important to have them be a part of the renaming of this."

Kyde says that not only will the hub be recognizable on a map now, she's also hopeful the name will instill a new sense of pride and ownership in those who call it home.

"I thought it might encourage more conservation easements. You know if you can say, 'I live in the Welakamike Woods of Pennsylvania,' you've put yourself somewhere."

Tom Joseph, Public News Service - PA