STATE COLLEGE – habitat restoration work parties PLANTING!

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

Join us! 

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.
 
Cheers,
Greg Williams
Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light

 

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.

STATE COLLEGE— Habitat restoration workparty – Walnut Spring

Wednesday March 21, 1-3 p.m.
Saturday March 31, 2-4 p.m.

Get a flier to post and share.

Join us!

MEET: on Walnut Spring Lane at the Walnut Spring Park sign one block East of University Dr. From there we’ll walk to the marsh.

SUPPLIES: Dress to get dirty. Waterproof footwear a plus. Gloves and clippers provided, or bring your own. If weather is too cold or wet, Greg will cancel. Call to confirm.

THE PROJECT: Remove invasive plants (privet,Tartarian honeysuckle, multiflora rose) that are crowding out native shrubs, filling up the wetland, choking walnut trees, and blocking the view from the bird blind.Walnut Spring invasive progress

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. In State College, 46 different workers have logged almost 211 hours of work, in the last 12 months. We have cleared over 1500 square feet of dense understory. 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 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 church communities and other individuals.

Get a flier to post and share.

WILLIAMSBURG — native planting parties on the Lower Trail

HELP US PLANT bare-root native plants in the spaces we cleared last fall.  We’ll plant shrubs that help develop climate-resilient landscapes and support wildlife (including pollinators for our farming and gardening neighbors).

We have 10 Red Mulberry, 10 Wild Black Cherry, and 25 Chokecherry

Tuesday, March 20, 3-6 p.m.
Thursday, March 22, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Saturday, March 24, 9-12 a.m.
Sunday, March 25, 1-4 p.m.

.Williamsburg Trailhead, The Lower Trail  Join us!

POSTER to print and share.

MEET: in the parking area at the Lower Trail, Williamsburg Station, on 1st Street. If you don’t see us, give planting leader Greg Williams a call on his cell at 215-242-0854 — the party will move around on any given day.

SUPPLIES: Dress to get dirty. Waterproof footwear a plus. Gloves, shovels, and clippers provided, or bring your own. Call to confirm or let Greg know a date when you are free to help!

THE PROJECT: We’re planting 350 bare root trees and shrubs between March 19 and May 19 to create better habitat for birds, wildlife, and humans ! We have over 21 species, all native to Blair County.

LEADERSHIP: The project is led by Greg Williams, a PA IPL board member with decades of environmental education and habitat care experience. On the Lower Trail, in the last 16 months, 32 different people have logged over 350 hours of work removing non-natives, preparing for these plantings. Greg invites church and community groups to join us or contact him for a work party just for them at a site of their choosing.

RSVP: to Greg at 215.242.0854 or by email.

In these work parties 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 church communities and other individuals.

WILLIAMSBURG — native planting parties on the Lower Trail

HELP US PLANT bare-root native plants in the spaces we cleared last fall.  We’ll plant shrubs that help develop climate-resilient landscapes and support wildlife (including pollinators for our farming and gardening neighbors).

We have 10 Red Mulberry, 10 Wild Black Cherry, and 25 Chokecherry

Tuesday, March 20, 3-6 p.m.
Thursday, March 22, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Saturday, March 24, 9-12 a.m.
Sunday, March 25, 1-4 p.m.

.Williamsburg Trailhead, The Lower Trail  Join us!

POSTER to print and share.

MEET: in the parking area at the Lower Trail, Williamsburg Station, on 1st Street. If you don’t see us, give planting leader Greg Williams a call on his cell at 215-242-0854 — the party will move around on any given day.

SUPPLIES: Dress to get dirty. Waterproof footwear a plus. Gloves, shovels, and clippers provided, or bring your own. Call to confirm or let Greg know a date when you are free to help!

THE PROJECT: We’re planting 350 bare root trees and shrubs between March 19 and May 19 to create better habitat for birds, wildlife, and humans ! We have over 21 species, all native to Blair County.

LEADERSHIP: The project is led by Greg Williams, a PA IPL board member with decades of environmental education and habitat care experience. On the Lower Trail, in the last 16 months, 32 different people have logged over 350 hours of work removing non-natives, preparing for these plantings. Greg invites church and community groups to join us or contact him for a work party just for them at a site of their choosing.

RSVP: to Greg at 215.242.0854 or by email.

In these work parties 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 church communities and other individuals.