IT”S PLANTING TIME! Come learn how to “live stake,” and look for hearty natives poking their way up in the space already cleared of invasives, keep at the clear-and-restore work so more natives can thrive!
Scroll down past the info for a happy note from chief and organizer Greg Williams!
SATURDAYS MARCH 16, 23 & 30, and APRIL 6 & 13, 1 – 3 p.m.
FRIDAYS, MARCH 22 & 29, 5-7 p.m.
Walnut Spring Park, State College 16801 FLIER TO SHARE
MEET: on Walnut Spring Lane at the Walnut Spring Park sign one block East of University Dr., just before the road ascends a hill. From there we’ll walk to the marsh.
SUPPLIES: Dress to get dirty. Waterproof footwear a plus. Gloves, clippers, and shovels provided, or bring your own. If weather is too cold or wet, Greg will cancel. Call to confirm.
THE PROJECT: Over the last 2 years, we have removed invasive plants that have been crowding out native shrubs. NOW, it’s time to plant 200 NATIVE PLANTS, like this maple leaf viburnum, which support local fauna (critters)!
LEADERSHIP: The project is led by Greg Williams, a PA IPL board member with decades of environmental education and habitat care experience. Greg also leads work parties on the Lower Trail and at Detwiler Park in Huntingdon. Get on our email list and get updates.
RSVP: to Greg at 215.242.0854 or by email.
Lots of climate work can be pretty conceptual and long-developing. In these work parties, by contrast, we will do physical and visible work that actually improves resilience in the face of climate change These work parties are part of the work of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light. We also pray, educate, advocate, weatherize, and bring a moral and religious perspective to climate change through the work of over 50 congregations and other individuals.
Early spring letter from Greg:
This winter has felt eternal and I’ve been chomping at the bit to get back in the field and start planting at Walnut Springs. With the great help of Colleen De Long at Clearwater Conservancy and Alan Sam and his crew at the Borough offices, Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light has put together a planting plan that involves planting 26 different species of bare root trees and shrubs, at least 50 live stakes along the creek banks, and wildflowers throughout the acre site.
We’re planting about 200 stems this spring and another 70 potted plants next fall. The first shipment comes in tomorrow and, appropriately enough, they are Maple Leaf Viburnum, thehearty little native shrub that we discovered emerging near the bird blind once we had removed the non-natives.
We are hoping to plant them this Saturday, March 16, from 1 -3 p.m., at our first of 8 work parties over the next month. I’m hoping the snow and ice will have melted and that the paths and areas where we need to plant aren’t too muddy and we can get these in the ground. But, bring both your shovels and your loppers. If we can’t plant, we’ll keep working on removing plant material we cut down at our last work party- about 2 months ago and continue prepping for new plantings.
The other proposed work dates are on the attached flyer and include every Saturday from at least 1-3 p.m. through April 13 and several Friday evenings that we hope are good for adults and teens from UUFCC who are eager to join our crew. I’m sorry for the late notice for this Saturday but hope some of us can gather and all of us can mark our calendars and save future dates. Finishing up the removal of non-natives on the island, planting live stakes, planting some trees and shrubs each week as they arrive, and even sowing the wildflower seeds will all take a group effort. Please pass this email on to anyone interested.
As usual, we will meet on Walnut Spring Lane at the Walnut Spring Park sign one block East of University Dr. just before the road ascends a hill. I’ll be standing right there by my green Prius ready to greet you. If you arrive late and don’t know how to get to the site call my cell phone at 215-242-0854 and someone will come meet you and lead you in. As always, I’d love to hear from you if you’re planning on coming so I can look for you.
Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light