Preserving Open Space in Chester County 

 

Vine Day At Valley Creek Preserve

A record turnout of 27 volunteers participated in the third Vine Day of this Winter season at Valley Creek Preserve on Saturday, February 2, 2008. The volunteers spent several hours cutting vines on the mature trees, which is important in helping to provide light, allowing the trees to breathe, and circulating nutrition through the branches.

"We were able to cut back bittersweet, grape and multi-flora in a large section along Valley Creek," said Ray Clarke, Volunteer Manager of the Preserve. "This will greatly strengthen the tree canopy and the shade that it provides to the state-designated 'Exceptional Value' Valley Creek and the native trout that live in it".

The volunteers enjoyed the great sunny weather in the Valley Creek Preserve. Open Land Conservancy sincerely appreciates the efforts of the following volunteers ---- Neil McAloon, Pete Goodman, Dan Rudloff, Peter Lee, Mike
Bertram, Luigi DiFilippo, Ray Clarke, Mac Wilson, Harold Sheinbach, Tim Lander, Mike Burg, Dave Tollefson, Kevin Strogen, Kent Wagner, Ken Becker, Bill Kennedy, David Sembrot, Paige Heimark, Emily Black, Jean & Bill Scholz, Sherley Young, Betsy & Jack Miller, Dave Buscher, Elizabeth Li, and Emily Zhang. "It was wonderful to see the students and teachers from the Student Earth Action Club at Conestoga High," added Ray.

Our next Vine Day will be Saturday, March 1, 2008 from 9 am to 12 noon at Cedar Hollow Preserve (meet at the Church Road Parking Lot - Take Church Road north of Swedesford Road). We hope that you will be able to participate and encourage you to bring friends, family, and neighbors who might be interested in helping out.
For more information on future Vine Days at the Open Land Conservancy Preserves, click here.