Pattye Benson

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Global Warming: Important Meeting on Tuesday, April 19, 7:30 PM

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You are Invited to Attend:

Open Land Conservancy of Chester Counthy Annual Meeting
Guest Speaker: Climate Change Expert Richard Whiteford
Tuesday, April 19, 7:30 PM
Great Valley Presbyterian Church, 2026 Swedesford Road, Malvern

The Open Land Conservancy has scheduled ‘Global Warming’’ as the important topic for its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, April 19, 7:30 PM at Great Valley Presbyterian Church, 2025 Swedesford Road, Malvern, PA. Light refreshments will be served.

Following a brief business meeting, internationally acclaimed climate expert Richard Whiteford will present the keynote presentation on global warming and lead the discussion. This meeting is an opportunity for the public to learn more about global warming and what it means to us here in Southeastern Pennsylvania and you are encouraged to attend.

How will global warning impact our streams, trees and pasture? How will global warming affect our way of life, our health systems, and our grandchildren? Should I be worried about climate change, will it affect me personally?

Have these and other questions answered by an expert. Richard Whiteford has experience and a broad background in the field of environmental climate change. Advocating for stronger environmental protection, Whiteford is involved at the local, state and federal levels. He has worked for the Sierra Club, Highlands Coalition, Wilderness Society, National Wildlife Federation and Defenders of Wildlife. Serving as a environmental; consultant to universities, high school and environmental education centers, he has also appeared on BBC and Korean television, NPR, AccuWeather, and Northern Deutsch Radio. Whiteford wrote a three-year series about endangered special for the Philadelphia Inquirer and in 2006 wrote the book “Wild Pennsylvania”. In addition, Whiteford has served as an advisor on the White House Interagency Climate Adaption Task Force and was a founding board member of the PA Biodiversity and a consultant to PA 21st Century Environmental Commission.

We are grateful to Open Land Conservancy of Chester County (OLC) for inviting the public to attend this meaningful presentation on global warming. For those that may not know, OLC is the oldest Land Trust in the US. Established in 1939, OLC now protects 493 acres of open space, most of which is located in Tredyffrin Township – 375 owned acres in 8 nature preserves that are open to the public and 118 acres of private property under conservation easements. OLC is the largest non-government landowner in the township.

Completed volunteer supported and managed* , OLC is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization. The Conservancy has acquired its properties through gifts and through state and country grants. Volunteers provide the ongoing maintenance with some contracted services. OLC is leading the effort to preserve the local community’s remaining open space, by caring for hundreds of acres of protected land.

To find out more about the OLC, becoming a member and volunteer needs, visit their website:

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  1. Thanks, Pattye, for the heads-up to Community Matters readers. The apparent early arrival of Spring this year makes makes one wonder how shorter winters might impact us here locally. Tomorrow’s meeting is a good opportunity to explore that with an expert and also to find out what the Conservancy is doing to sustain the diverse, native Natural Areas in our midst. And even better, Spring is a perfect time to enjoy the Preserves!

  2. Attendees at the Conservancy meeting last night were treated to a powerful exposition of the science underlying climate change and its impact, and to some of the inside story of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

    One of the less publicized consequences – but one that is very real to residents of Houston right now – is the increase in flooding rainfall due to different patterns, and higher concentrations, of water vapor in the atmosphere. All of us – including Tredyffrin Supervisors Murph Wysocki and Sean Moir (thanks to them for their care for our environment!) – were left to ponder the impact of storm water from coming rain storms that will drop five to eight inches per hour on Tredyffrin.

  3. As Karen C. ex School board Director once said when talking about old graduation requirements for passing tough Key Stone Exams, parents (people) don’t scream til they feel pain.

    It applies here and Houston is feeling the pain as are companies across the nation who partner with companies feeling the pain in Houston.

    $5B (that’s Billion) in damage. More rain in their forecast doesn’t offer much comfort to a city already suffering the unexpected consequences of the first downpour.

    To Murph Sean and Ray, Thanks for giving this some forethought on how this scenario might effect the citizens of our townships.

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