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.

STATE COLLEGE: Walnut Springs workparty

Greg Williams is taking advantage of the mild weather to get some invasives work done in Blair and Centre Counties.  Contact Greg to let him know you’re coming, and make sure you have his cell number (215-242-0854) to make it easier to find him when you get there.

Dress to get dirty and stay dry.  Greg has tools and gloves to share, but the more the merrier at a work party!

Saturday June 12th noon – 2:00pm.
We’ll continue our work removing non-native invasives around the perimeter of the marsh at Walnut Springs park in State College. We’ll 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. We’ve had a great influx of folks coming to help from the neighborhood above the marsh and are making incredible and exciting progress. I’m encouraged that we may be done in time to do a big planting of natives this coming spring.  Join the fun !

LOWER TRAIL invasives workparties

Greg Williams is taking advantage of the mild weather to get some invasives work done in Blair and Centre Counties.  Contact Greg to let him know you’re coming, and make sure you have his cell number to make it easier to find him when you get there.

Dress to get dirty and stay dry.  Greg has tools and gloves to share, but the more the merrier at a work party!

Saturday, January 5th 12:30-2:00
along the Lower Trail as it goes downriver – cutting back ailanthus, Norway Maple, bush honeysuckle and privet to make room for native plants. We’ll start at the playground at Riverside Dr. and High St. southwest of the bridge at 12:30 and work our way downstream until 2:30 p.m.  The photo shows what the playground looked like when the Frankstown Branch of the Juniata River overflowed its banks last fall.

Sunday, January 6th 12:30-2:30, and Sunday June 13th 12:30 – 2:30
We’ll meet at the Lower Trail parking lot at 1st and Liberty in Williamsburg
and work our way downriver doing the same thing.