PEC & WRV Team Up in the Wissahickon to Combat Invasive Plants
On June 6, 2010, a beautiful sunny day inWest Mount Airy, Philadelphia an industrious group of volunteers met to improve wildlife habitat and protect native plant species. The work area was on the Orange Trail between Kitchen's Lane Bridge and Mt. Airy Avenue. This is a beautiful section of woodsy trail, which is a hike only trail, with many tall shady trees, a view of the Creek, and always a cool breeze. Native species are diverse, mature and regenerating. Hickory, green ash, white, red and scarlet oak, black walnut, tulip poplar, white pine, hemlock, Mountain Laurel, ferns, euonymus, verbena and others. Wildlife is plentiful with foxes, turtles (now laying their eggs), frogs, toads, screech owls, wood ducks, songbirds, hawks, deer, kestrels and butterflies. The invasive species removal included devil's walking stick, wild roses and burning bushes. Stephen Jones, WRV, was the technical advisor on how to prioritize the removal and how to dispose and disperse the plant material.
A few of the invasive plant removal volunteers included (left to right) Joe, Sanna, Steve, Cynthia, Diane G., and Carmella.