Lower Trail-Habitat Restoration Series

  • Friday, Feb. 21, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM-Flowing Springs trailhead
  • Sunday, Feb. 23rd, 2:00-4:00 PM-Mt. Etna trailhead

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MEET: At the very end of the Lower Trail between Flowing Springs Station and the bridge over the Frankstown Branch of the Juniata.

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

THE PROJECT:  In 2018 and 2019 we planted 1000 bare root trees and shrubs on the Trail to create better habitat for birds, wildlife, and humans! At this site, this year, where magnificent white ash had to be cut down, there is still room for more silky dogwood, buttonbush or black willow livestakes along the creeks. We’d love your help.

LEADERSHIP: The project is led by Greg Williams, a PA IPL board member with decades of environmental education and habitat care experience. Greg leads work parties at Walnut Springs Park in State College and on the Lower Trail, where 35 different people have logged almost 250 hours of work. Get on our email list and get updates. Greg invites congregation and community groups to join us or contact him and he’ll organize a work party just for your group.

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.

Huntingdon-The Nature Trail: Habitat Restoration

    • Saturday, Feb. 1st, 2:00-4:00 PM

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MEET: In the far end of the parking lot past the playing fields at Detwiler Park, 400 Standing Stone Road, Huntingdon, PA. We will be working at the North End of Detwiler Park at The Nature Trail.

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

Before
After

THE PROJECT: Standing Stone Creek’s riparian zone needs the protection of native plants so we’re removing more non-natives and then replacing with native plants this Spring.                                                          LEADERSHIP: The project is led by Greg Williams, a PA IPL board member with decades of environmental education and habitat care experience. Greg leads work parties at Walnut Springs Park in State College and on the Lower Trail, where 35 different people have logged almost 250 hours of work. Get on our email list and get updates. Greg invites congregation and community groups to join us or contact him and he’ll organize a work party just for your group.

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.

Mt. Etna Station-Lower Trail-Habitat Restoration Series

Last Sunday of each month:

    • Jan. 26th, 2:00-4:00 PM
    • Feb. 23rd, 2:00-4:00 PM
    • March 29th, 3:00-5:00 PM
    • April 26th, 3:00-5:00 PM
    • May 31st, 3:00-5:00 PM
    • June 28th, 3:00-5:00 PM

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MEET: At Mt. Etna station on the Lower Trail. Bike there on the Lower Trail. By car, turn off HWY 22 at Polecat Hollow Road and head east to Fox Run Rd then turn left. Look for Mt. Etna parking lot on your right.

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

THE PROJECT: The Episcopal Churches of Huntingdon and Blair County have adopted this section of the Lower Trail and have, for 2 years, been removing non-native invasives and will, again, be planting native trees this Spring. One of these dates will be the tree planting with chances to memorialize. We welcome all to come help.

LEADERSHIP: The project is led by Greg Williams, a PA IPL board member with decades of environmental education and habitat care experience. Greg leads work parties at Walnut Springs Park in State College and on the Lower Trail, where 35 different people have logged almost 250 hours of work. Get on our email list and get updates. Greg invites congregation and community groups to join us or contact him and he’ll organize a work party just for your group.

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.

The Lower Trail-Grannas Station-Habitat Restoration: Replanting

    • Sunday, Nov. 3rd, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM-Williamsburg Trail head of the Lower Trail
    • Thursday, Nov. 7th, 2:00-4:00 PM-Grannas Station headquarters of the Lower Trail

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MEET: Turn off 866, as it runs from Hwy 22 to Williamsburg, on the Williamsburg side of the bridge over the Frankstown branch of the Juniata and go a short block to the parking area at the Lower Trail, Grannas Station.  You can call or text Greg at 215-242-0854 as we may move around on any given day.

SUPPLIES: Dress to get dirty. Waterproof footwear recommended. Gloves and clippers provided, or bring your own. Be sure to wear long pants, shirts, boots, and socks! If weather is too wet, Greg will cancel. Call to confirm.

THE PROJECT: Over 2018, and 2019, we planted 800 bare root trees and shrubs on the Trail to create better habitat for birds, wildlife, and humans ! The flags and tubes mark where we planted. This Fall, we have some larger, containerized trees and shrubs from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation- join in the effort.

LEADERSHIP: The project is led by Greg Williams, a PA IPL board member with decades of environmental education and habitat care experience. Greg leads work parties at Walnut Springs Park in State College and on the Lower Trail, where 35 different people have logged almost 250 hours of work. Get on our email list and get updates. Greg invites congregation and community groups to join us or contact him and he’ll organize a work party just for your group.

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.

The Lower Trail-Habitat Restoration: Replanting

    • Sunday, Nov. 3rd, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM-Williamsburg Trail head of the Lower Trail
    • Thursday, Nov. 7th, 2:00-4:00 PM-Grannas Station headquarters of the Lower Trail

Download a flyer to post and share!

MEET: In the parking area at the Lower Trail, Williamsburg Station, on 1st Street at Liberty.  You can call or text Greg at 215-242-0854 as we may move around on any given day.

SUPPLIES: Dress to get dirty. Waterproof footwear recommended. Gloves and clippers provided, or bring your own. Be sure to wear long pants, shirts, boots, and socks! If weather is too wet, Greg will cancel. Call to confirm.

THE PROJECT: Over 2018, and 2019, we planted 800 bare root trees and shrubs on the Trail to create better habitat for birds, wildlife, and humans ! The flags and tubes mark where we planted. This Fall, we have some larger, containerized trees and shrubs from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation- join in the effort.

LEADERSHIP: The project is led by Greg Williams, a PA IPL board member with decades of environmental education and habitat care experience. Greg leads work parties at Walnut Springs Park in State College and on the Lower Trail, where 35 different people have logged almost 250 hours of work. Get on our email list and get updates. Greg invites congregation and community groups to join us or contact him and he’ll organize a work party just for your group.

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.

October 2019 Newsletter-Part 3: Free Webinar on Tree Planting

Grab a friend or collaborator from your congregation and join us on Thursday, November 14th from 7:00-8:15 PM for a free webinar that will help you learn about siting and planting native trees on your land. Trees reduce mowing, act as windbreaks, provide shade and habitat, and provide a sense of time we simply don’t get from calendars or watches — and they are amazing carbon capture machines.  Brenda Sieglitz and BJ Small will join us from 10 Million Trees to share their wisdom, and let you in on some opportunities to apply for trees.  People and congregations in Lancaster, York, Adams, Franklin, and Cumberland counties, and areas in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed may have some additional opportunities. Registration is free but required.

We close with this excerpt or a prayer from Rabbi Arthur Waskow, and hope you will click through to read the whole prayer, carrying it with you as you move through your days.

We are the generation that stands between the fires:
Behind us the flame and smoke
that rose from Auschwitz and from Hiroshima;
From the burning forests of the Amazon,
From the hottest years of human history
that bring upon us
Melted ice fields, Flooded cities, Scorching droughts.
Before us the nightmare of a Flood of Fire,
The heat and smoke that could consume all Earth.
It is our task to make from fire not an all-consuming blaze
But the light in which we see each other fully.
All of us different, All of us bearing
One Spark.
— an excerpt from Between the Fires: A Kavvanah for Lighting Candles of Commitment, by Rabbi Arthur Waskow;
Read in full here.