Now Available: Video of Central PA Chapter’s February 2nd Program!

Volunteer Participation in Rails-to-Trails Habitat Restoration

On Wednesday, February 2 at 7:00pm, the Central PA Chapter of PA IPL hosted a discussion between Greg Williams, PA IPL Coordinator of Habitat Restoration; Ethan Imhoff, Board President of Central PA Rails to Trails (the Lower Trail); and John Frederick, Antis Township Recreation and Environmental Code Director who also is leading the charge on the extension of the Bells Gap RTT, where PA IPL began volunteering 3 years ago.

The idea of using abandoned rail lines as trails for recreation, historic conservation, exercise, and connecting and enhancing communities began in the mid-1960’s and has expanded to the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light is a 12-year-old organization of congregations as well as people of faith and conscience concerned about global warming. Six years ago, the Lower Trail allowed PA IPL volunteers to embark on a habitat restoration program with the goal of removing non-native invasive plants that are crowding out native trees and shrubs. Hundreds of volunteers of all ages have, through this work, opened-up views from the trail, and planted thousands of increasingly scarce native trees and shrubs donated by Chesapeake Bay Foundation. These native plants are still available for free. They restore the base of the food chain that feeds native insects and thus native birds, are an investment in the future of more diverse and healthier ecosystems, and are the primary way to sequester excess carbon in our atmosphere.

We are particularly interested in matching other Rails to Trails programs across Pennsylvania with PA IPL members who might be interested in habitat restoration volunteering.

February 2022 Central PA IPL Chapter Quarterly Meeting

Please join us for our first Central PA IPL Quarterly Chapter Meeting taking place on Wednesday, February 2nd from 7:00pm – 8:30pm!

This month’s meeting and program will focus on Volunteer Participation in Rails-to-Trails Habitat Restoration.

PA IPL will host a discussion between Greg WilliamsPA IPL Coordinator of Habitat Restoration; Ethan Imhoff, Board President of Central PA Rails to Trails (the Lower Trail); and John FrederickAntis Township Recreation and Environmental Code Director who also is leading the charge on the extension of the Bells Gap RTT, where PA IPL began volunteering 3 years ago.

We are particularly interested in matching other Rails to Trails programs across Pennsylvania with PA IPL members who might be interested in habitat restoration volunteering.

REGISTER HERE

The idea of using abandoned rail lines as trails for recreation, historic conservation, exercise, and connecting and enhancing communities began in the mid-1960’s and has expanded to the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light is a 12-year-old organization of congregations as well as people of faith and conscience concerned about global warming. Six years ago, the Lower Trail allowed PA IPL volunteers to embark on a habitat restoration program with the goal of removing non-native invasive plants that are crowding out native trees and shrubs. Hundreds of volunteers of all ages have, through this work, opened-up views from the trail, and planted thousands of increasingly scarce native trees and shrubs donated by Chesapeake Bay Foundation. These native plants are still available for free. They restore the base of the food chain that feeds native insects and thus native birds, are an investment in the future of more diverse and healthier ecosystems, and are the primary way to sequester excess carbon in our atmosphere.

Register Here to attend the Central PA IPL Quarterly Meeting. We will automatically send you a meeting link after you register.

We look forward to welcoming you on Wednesday, February 2nd at 7:00pm via Zoom.

There is no fee for this program, but a suggested $5 donation will help us keep doing this work.

Habitat Restoration – June 2021

MEET:
Walnut Springs Park: 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 just a bit down the trail towards the marsh.
Alfarata Trailhead: To get to the Alfarata Station trailhead from HWY 22, turn north on Main Street towards Alexandria. Main St. is between (Hwy 453) Water St. and the bridge on Hwy 22 east of Water Street. Trailhead parking lot is 2/10ths of a mile on the right. If you don’t see us, give my cell a call or a text at 215-242-0854.
Bells Gap Trail: Take Bellwood Exit 41 off of I-99.  Follow PA-865 for 2.7 miles to Igou Road which will be on your right.  Go 1/10 mile on Igou Road.  Turn left into Bells Gap trailhead parking lot.

SUPPLIES: Dress to get dirty. Good footwear, long pants, and long sleeves recommended. Bring your own mask, gloves, clippers, and shovels. We will be social distancing and wearing masks. Call to confirm.

THE PROJECT: Between 2016 and 2020, we’ve planted 1800 native trees and shrubs on the Trail to create better habitat for insects, wildlife, and humans!  At this site, this year, we’ve planted dozens more trees but have room for at least 20 more wetland species on the flood plain.

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 at Walnut Springs Park in State College and at Detwiler Park in Huntingdon.  Get on our email list and get updates. Greg invites congregation and community groups to join us or contact him.

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 work that actually improves resilience in the face of climate change.

These work parties are part of the work of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light, (paipl.us). We also pray, educate, advocate, weatherize, and bring a moral and religious perspective to climate change through the work of over 50 congregation communities and other individuals.

Habitat Restoration-May 2021

MEET:
Walnut Springs Park: 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 just a bit down the trail towards the marsh.
Alfarata Trailhead: To get to the Alfarata Station trailhead from HWY 22, turn north on Main Street towards Alexandria. Main St. is between (Hwy 453) Water St. and the bridge on Hwy 22 east of Water Street. Trailhead parking lot is 2/10ths of a mile on the right. If you don’t see us, give my cell a call or a text at 215-242-0854.
Mt. Etna Trailhead: at Mt. Etna station on the Lower Trail. Bike there on the Lower Trail. By car, turn off HWY 22 at Polecat Hollow Rd. and head east to Fox Run Rd and turn left. Look for Mt. Etna parking lot on your right.
Bells Gap Trail: Take Bellwood Exit 41 off of I-99.  Follow PA-865 for 2.7 miles to Igou Road which will be on your right.  Go 1/10 mile on Igou Road.  Turn left into Bells Gap trailhead parking lot.

SUPPLIES: Dress to get dirty. Good footwear, long pants, and long sleeves recommended. Bring your own mask, gloves, clippers, and shovels. We will be social distancing and wearing masks. Call to confirm.

THE PROJECT: Between 2016 and 2020, we’ve planted 1800 native trees and shrubs on the Trail to create better habitat for insects, wildlife, and humans!  At this site, this year, we’ve planted dozens more trees but have room for at least 20 more wetland species on the flood plain.

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 at Walnut Springs Park in State College and at Detwiler Park in Huntingdon.  Get on our email list and get updates. Greg invites congregation and community groups to join us or contact him.

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 work that actually improves resilience in the face of climate change.

These work parties are part of the work of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light, (paipl.us). We also pray, educate, advocate, weatherize, and bring a moral and religious perspective to climate change through the work of over 50 congregation communities and other individuals.

Check out this video of the last batch of privet and what needs to be removed and what either side looks like with a view into the forest beyond and our newly planted tubes in the foreground. This video shows the midway goal of Sunday’s PA IPL bike ride for our team- we start at Williamsburg, hopefully at noon, (if it’s not raining), and head for Mt. Etna and then cycle back to Williamsburg.

Habitat Restoration-April 2021

MEET:
Walnut Springs Park: 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 just a bit down the trail towards the marsh.
Alfarata Trailhead: To get to the Alfarata Station trailhead from HWY 22, turn north on Main Street towards Alexandria. Main St. is between (Hwy 453) Water St. and the bridge on Hwy 22 east of Water Street. Trailhead parking lot is 2/10ths of a mile on the right. If you don’t see us, give my cell a call or a text at 215-242-0854.
Bells Gap Trail: Take Bellwood Exit 41 off of I-99.  Follow PA-865 for 2.7 miles to Igou Road which will be on your right.  Go 1/10 mile on Igou Road.  Turn left into Bells Gap trailhead parking lot.

SUPPLIES: Dress to get dirty. Good footwear, long pants, and long sleeves recommended. Bring your own mask, gloves, clippers, and shovels. We will be social distancing and wearing masks. Call to confirm.

THE PROJECT: Between 2016 and 2020, we’ve planted 1800 native trees and shrubs on the Trail to create better habitat for insects, wildlife, and humans!  At this site, this year, we’ve planted dozens more trees but have room for at least 20 more wetland species on the flood plain.

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 at Walnut Springs Park in State College and at Detwiler Park in Huntingdon.  Get on our email list and get updates. Greg invites congregation and community groups to join us or contact him.

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 work that actually improves resilience in the face of climate change.

These work parties are part of the work of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light, (paipl.us). We also pray, educate, advocate, weatherize, and bring a moral and religious perspective to climate change through the work of over 50 congregation communities and other individuals.

Lower Trail-Alfarata Trailhead-Habitat Restoration

    • Tuesday, January 19th, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

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MEET: Alfarata Station trailhead from HWY 22, turn north on Main Street towards Alexandria. Main St. is between (Hwy 453) Water St. and the bridge on Hwy 22 east of Water Street. Trailhead parking lot is 2/10ths of a mile on the right.

SUPPLIES: Dress to get dirty. Good footwear, long pants, and long sleeves recommended. Bring your own mask, gloves, clippers, and shovels. We will be social distancing. Call to confirm.

THE PROJECT: Between 2016 and 2020, we’ve planted 1800 native trees and shrubs on the Trail to create better habitat for insects, wildlife, and humans!  At this site, this year, we’ve planted dozens more trees but have room for at least 20 more wetland species on the flood plain.

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 at Walnut Springs Park in State College and at Detwiler Park in Huntingdon.  Get on our email list and get updates. Greg invites congregation and community groups to join us or contact him.

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 work that actually improves resilience in the face of climate change.

These work parties are part of the work of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light, (paipl.us). We also pray, educate, advocate, weatherize, and bring a moral and religious perspective to climate change through the work of over 50 congregation communities and other individuals.