Open Land Conservancy

Saturday, October 14 — Antiquing & Planting Trees in Tredyffrin’s Great Valley

If you are looking for something to do this Saturday, October 14th there’s a couple of events in the Great Valley section of Tredyffrin Township that you may find of interest.

Polly Hagan Antiques will hold its annual Fall Barn Sale (9 AM – 3 PM) on Saturday and will feature primitives, collectibles and antiques. The barn is full so come early for the best selection. Located 1 mile west of N. Valley Road, the Barn Sale address is 2205 Yellow Springs Road, Malvern.  For questions/information call 610-209-4618.

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Saturday will be a beautiful autumn day with temperatures in the 70’s – a great day to get outside and help Open Land Conservancy with its tree planting.  The Conservancy is restoring the riparian buffer along Valley Creek and Cedar Hollow Run in the Cedar Hollow Preserve by planting 750 native trees.

When:  Saturday October 14th, 9:00am – noon or until we’re done
Where:  Cedar Hollow Preserve, 1635 Church Road, Malvern (Preserve icon on Google Maps)
What to wear:  Temperature appropriate clothing, sturdy footwear, gloves
What to bring:  Shovel, trowel, mallet

Important notes:
– Car Pool if you can, parking is limited
– We will plant in light rain, but in extreme weather will postpone to the following week-end.

The planting area was inundated with the invasive Phragmites Australis Giant Reed which had eliminated all native vegetation. This has been cleared to give an open planting zone with occasional wet spots, well suited for planting.  We will be using container seedlings of 12 different wetland-suitable tree species, planted inside staked protective tubes, “vole guards” and “mulch plates” to keep the deer, mice and weeds at bay.  Our community planting date will be preceded this week by a planting team from Siemens Healthcare.

As a reminder, the Conservancy is a non-profit, managed entirely by volunteers, supported by 500 members that owns and opens to the public six Nature Preserves here in Tredyffrin.  http://www.openlandconservancy.org

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Stormwater Management, Why Does it Matter? Open Land Conservancy Annual Meeting, Tuesday, April 7, 8 PM

When it rains, it pours!

When it falls from the sky, we call it rain. But once those April showers hit the ground, the rain becomes something more ominous-sounding … “stormwater” … and its effects have become more complicated and expensive. We’ve seen fast-moving, drenching thunderstorms virtually paralyze parts of Tredyffrin Township, sometimes the water so damaging it causes roads to close.

The Annual Meeting of the Open Land Conservancy is tackling the complicated issue of stormwater and the public is encouraged to attend on Tuesday, April 7, at 8 PM at Great Valley Presbyterian Church, 2025 Swedesford Road, Malvern, PA 19355. Guest speaker Michele Adams, a water resource engineer and founder of Meliora Design, a civil engineering firm specializing in sustainable site design and water resources planning in Phoenixville, will discuss stormwater management, the issues in Tredyffrin and offer suggestions for homeowners.  Ms. Adams will talk about the stormwater problem in general, issues specific to Tredyffrin, and suggestions for homeowners.  Following her presentation, Ms. Adams will answer questions from the audience.

The OLC is Tredyffrin Township’s largest non-government landowner, with six preserves in the township. In total, the OLC has nearly 500 acres of open space, either owned or in conservancy.  Each year OLC provides a public meeting focusing on an environmental issue of local interest.  This year’s stormwater topic is particularly relevant, especially given some of the new development projects in Tredyffrin – the large assisted living building on Lancaster Avenue in Daylesford, Chesterbrook Shopping Center redevelopment and Wayne Glen (Richter Tract) carriage and townhouse community in Glenhardie area.

Stormwater management has been a top priority in the proposed Wayne Glen plan as the first township land development project to utilize the Trout Creek Overlay District ordinance. The proposed plan requires extensive engineering to control the storm water in the Trout Creek tributary that runs through the property.  How the Wayne Glen developers will manage the stormwater in Wayne Glen continues to be one of the major sticking points for the residents living in this development area.

The issues surrounding stormwater affects all of us; the run-off rainwater on parking lots, driveways, roads, homes and office buildings, all of which used to be absorbed by the ground but now is covered with pavement. The gutters, retention basis and storm sewers carry the water into area streams already swollen with rain. Beyond the obvious erosion to the creek banks, severe flooding and property damage, the water also sweeps pavement pollutants like motor oil, anti-freeze, brake fluid and other garbage into the streams that often feed major sources of drinking water.

Like individual homeowners, the managed preserves of OLC are  subject to erosion from stormwater run-off from neighboring properties and roads.  Stormwater management is a real problem facing this community. The growing problems with stormwater runoff are in direct proportion to the amount of impervious surfaces that are being built and the amount of soil-compacting construction activities that are taking place.

Plan to attend Ms. Adams presentation and learn how efficient stormwater management techniques can reduce the damaging impacts of stormwater runoff on water quality, on flooding, and on sensitive ecosystems impacted by all of that water

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The Chester Valley Trail … Open Land Conservancy to Offer Update at their Annual Meeting

Cheser Valley TrailToday, when I visited Wegmans in Frazer, the Chester Valley Trail, located next to the parking lot, was filled with walkers, runners and bicyclists  The glorious Spring weather had people of all ages out enjoying the trail — so how appropriate that Open Land Conservancy will use the trail as the topic for the annual meeting tomorrow night.

What is the status on the trail through Tredyffrin?

In describing the Chester County Trail, Open Land Conservancy offered —  “It seems like it would be easy – lay down some tar on an old railroad right-of-way for a few miles, and you have a nice multi-use trail. The reality: it takes years – hundreds of hours spent by local and state government officials, a huge financial commitment, countless hours of volunteer work, and pledges for decades of on-going maintenance.”   According to the Chester County website, the Chester Valley Trail project dates back to 1991, when representatives of Chester County, Montgomery County and PennDOT envisioned a soon-to-be abandoned rail line as a major trail.

For their 74th annual meeting, Open Land Conservancy has invited Owen Prusack, Chester County Regional Park Superintendent and responsible for the Chester Valley Trail.  Prusack will explain the  many challenges and rewards associated with the creation and preservation of the Trail.  Also hear about future plans for the trail, connections to the local trail network, and the importance of trails such as those on our preserves in helping maintain a high quality of living.

The Open Land Conservancy annual meeting is open to the public and interested residents are encouraged to attend.   The meeting is Wednesday, April 10, 8 PM at the Great Valley Presbyterian Church, on Swedesford Road, north of Paoli.  Following the meeting, refreshments will be served.

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Vine Day … Open Land Conservancy Could Use Your Help on Saturday!

Has this winter left you suffering from cabin fever and a need to get outside for some fresh air?  There’s a perfect opportunity this Saturday, April 14 to help the community and celebrate the end of winter!

The Open Land Conservancy of Chester County will be holding its last Vine Day of the season on Saturday at George Lorimer Preserve, 9 AM – 12 Noon.  Vines will be cut back so you will need to wear appropriate gloves and protective clothing.  Volunteers are asked to bring tools if they have them — prunners, saws, clippers.  But not to worry, the volunteers from Open Land Conservancy will have extra tools.  Open Land Conservancy invites you to give back to your community by helping with spring property maintenance.

Lorimer Preserve is 88 acres of meadows, woods, ponds, stream, and extensive trail system are managed to provide a variety of habitats for wildlife in a beautiful rural setting.

Volunteering for the Open Land Conservancy is a great way to make a difference for the lands and communities of this region while having fun and meeting new people!

Directions:  head north on North Valley Road across Valley Creek, to entrance and parking lot on right.  For further information on Vine Day and Open Land Conservancy, click here.  Any questions, contact Ray Clarke at 610-578-0358.

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Help Save the Trees — Vine Day at Cool Valley Preserve this Saturday, December 10

Honeysuckle, choking a tree.

Save the Trees! 

The Chester County Open Land Conservancy volunteers continue to wage their battle against the invasive vines that are strangling the trees in the Nature Preserves . . . and could use some help on Saturday.  

Open Land Conservancy will once again be holding its series of winter “Vine Days” to continue our successful campaign against the invasive vegetation that limits development of the tree canopy layer in our Nature Preserves.

This is a great opportunity to get some fresh air, work with some of your neighbors and make a lasting impact on the Nature Preserves.   Saturday, December 10, beginning at 9 AM is the Cool Valley Preserve ‘Vine Day’. Although the volunteers generally work 3-4 hours, any help that you can offer would be greatly appreciated!

Volunteers get out in the fresh air, take a mid-morning hot chocolate break and enjoy the companionship of like-minded neighbors. All that’s needed are protective clothing, gloves and, if you have them, tools such as loppers, pruners and hand saws to supplement OLC’s supply.

Volunteers are asked to meet in the Cool Valley Preserve entrance at 9 AM.

Any questions, contact Ray Clarke, 610-578-0358.

Directions to Cool Valley Preserve: Off Swedesford Road turn into Shadow Oak Drive. Follow to the end (circle). Turn left at circle one block to Cool Valley Road and turn right to Preserve entrance.

Preserving Open Space in our Community – 

Help Save the Trees!

 

For further information on Open Land Conservancy, click here for their website.

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Dry Weather Forecast for Open Land Conservancy’s Vine Day Tomorrow, Saturday 2 . . . Last Vine Day of the Season, Can you Spare a Couple of Hours?

 Has this winter left you suffering from cabin fever and a need to get outside for some fresh air?  There’s a perfect opportunity tomorrow, Saturday, April 2 to help the community and celebrate the end of winter!

The Open Land Conservancy of Chester County will be holding its last Vine Day of the season on Saturday at George Lorimer Preserve, 9 AM – 12 Noon.  Vines will be cut back so you will need to wear appropriate gloves and protective clothing.  Volunteers are asked to bring tools if they have them — prunners, saws, clippers.  But not to worry, the volunteers from Open Land Conservancy will have extra tools.

Lorimer Preserve is 88 acres of meadows, woods, ponds, stream, and extensive trail system are managed to provide a variety of habitats for wildlife in a beautiful rural setting. 

Directions:  head north on North Valley Road across Valley Creek, to entrance and parking lot on right.  For further information on Vine Day and Open Land Conservancy, click here.  Any questions, contact Ray Clarke at 610-578-0358. 

Looking at this photo from the last Vine Day of Harold Sheinbach and Mac Wilson, it is obvious that these vines could use some attention! You can make a difference with a couple of hours of your time tomorrow. . . it’s the last Vine Day of the season. 

 

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Help Save the Trees . . . Vine Day at Cool Valley Preserve Tomorrow!

Saturday, March 5th
Cool Valley Preserve Vine Day!
9 AM


Honeysuckle, choking a tree.Save the trees! Chester County Open Land Conservancy volunteers continue to wage their battle against the invasive vines that are strangling the trees in the Nature Preserves . . . and could use some help tomorrow.

This is a great opportunity to get some fresh air, work with some of your neighbors and make a lasting impact on the Nature Preserves.   Saturday, March 5, starting at 9 AM is the Cool Valley Preserve ‘Vine Day’. Although the volunteers generally work 3-4 hours, any help that you can offer would be greatly appreciated!

Directions to Cool Valley Preserve: Off Swedesford Road turn into Shadow Oak Drive. Follow to the end (circle). Turn left at circle one block to Cool Valley Road and turn right to Preserve entrance.

Volunteers are asked to meet in the Cool Valley Preserve entrance at 9 AM.   Any questions, contact Ray Clarke, 610-578-0358.  All that’s needed are protective clothing, gloves and, if you have them, tools such as loppers, pruners and hand saws to supplement Open Land Conservancy’s supply.

Help Save the Trees!

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Open Land Conservancy Board Member Troubled by Republican Political Signs on Trees in Their Nature Preserve!

Apparently, in the last few days, over zealous Republican campaigners have stepped over the line again.  If you recall, there were Republican signs on a tree in township property — the  Swedesford Road Open Space Park.  Within hours of my post on those signs, the township staff quickly removed them.  We have a new problem as reported by Ray Clarke, Board of Director member for Open Land Conservancy of Chester County. 

The George Lorimer Preserve is beautiful 88 acres of meadows, ponds, stream and trail system that has managed to provide wildlife in a wonderful rural setting.  How sad that this nature preserve in Malvern is marred by political signs!  Open Land Conservancy is a nonprofit organization and does not have the people nor the equipment to remove these signs. 

I certainly hope that the local Republican Party will have these signs down tomorrow!  So sad!  Here is Ray’s note — thank you for providing the photo and here’s hoping that the signs, like Election Day 2010, are a memory tomorrow!      

                    
OK, those trespassing republican tree climbers are at it again.

This time a trio of signs listing republican candidates are stapled on a tree in Open Land Conservancy’s Lorimer Nature Preserve. Now, we don’t have the resources to get ladders and remove the signs, so I’m hoping that the republican officials who read this this site will have them removed forthwith.

What are they thinking? In a Nature Preserve?

  ~ Ray Clarke, Open Land Conservancy of Chester County

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The Annual Conservancy Mothers Day Walk – Sunday, May 9, 1-3 PM

Looking for something to do with Mom this Sunday afternoon . . . that is, after breakfast in bed, flowers and the gifts are opened . . . why not join Open Land Conservancy’s Annual Mother’s Day Walk, 1-3 PM.

For further information on the Open Land Conservancy of Chester County, please visit their website:  www.openlandconservancy.org

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Open Land Conservancy Holding 'Vine Day' Tomorrow . . . Looking for Volunteers

Cabin fever has really taken hold for many of us after a very long wintry season but the weekend forecast is looking great.  Why not take some of that energy outside tomorrow and help out with ‘Vine Day’ at Cool Valley Preserve?  Cool Valley Preserve is located in the western Great Valley portion of the township, off of Swedesford Road in Malvern.

Ray Clarke, frequent commentator on Community Matters and board member of Open Land Conservancy sent me a note to invite readers to come and help tomorrow, Saturday, 9 AM – 12 Noon, Cool Valley Preserve.  You can get some fresh air and help with the preservation of open space in the township.  Cool Valley Preserve is 32.2 acres of meadows, woods, extensive trail system through fields and along Valley Creek. 

Do something good for yourself and something good for the community . . . be an Open Land Conservancy volunteer tomorrow morning!

For further information, directions, what to wear and what tools you might to bring, and contact information, here is the link:

http://www.openlandconservancy.org/Vine_Days_at_the_Preserves.html 

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