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  • Valley Talks Are Back This Spring at Valley Green Inn « Friends of Wissahickon
    parks and gardens and how they contribute to biodiversity and habitat She will discuss the ecosystems of the Wissahickon Valley Park Dr William Schuster is executive director of the Black Rock Forest Consortium in Cornwall N Y and has authored or co authored nearly 100 publications He has a B A in biology from Columbia University an M S in forest ecology from Penn State University and a Ph D in ecology from the University of Colorado Dr Schuster completed his postdoctoral research at the University of Utah His primary interests are in ecology ecosystem management and environmental change Claudia West is the ecological sales manager at North Creek Nurseries in Landenberg Pa She holds an M A in landscape architecture and regional planning from the Technical University of Munich Germany West works closely with ecological design and restoration professionals Her work is centered on the development of stable layered planting designs and the reintroduction of American native plants back into the landscape She is the co author with Thomas Rainer of Planting in a Post Wild World Timber Press 2015 The talks are sponsored by Valley Green Bank and are free and open to the public Spaces are limited registration is recommended A complimentary wine and cheese reception is offered at the talks Valley Green Inn is located on Forbidden Drive in Wissahickon Valley Park Contact Sarah Marley at marley fow org or 215 247 0417 x109 for more information About the Sponsor Valley Green Bank a division of Univest Bank and Trust Co has three branches in Philadelphia located in Mt Airy Chestnut Hill and South Philadelphia A fourth branch in the Fairmount neighborhood will open early June It also has commercial loan offices in Center City Philadelphia and Radnor Pa As a division of Univest the bank

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  • From One World to Another « Friends of Wissahickon
    movie but it is heaven to me my refuge and right outside my back door It is where I go to forget the work of my day and enjoy the quiet pleasure that I long for How can I even begin to explain how my soul needs this And how can I explain how this park never lets me down I head down the trail under a fallen tree toward Forbidden Drive Off in the distance I hear voices but cannot be sure of where they are coming from down below in the valley sounds bounce off the gorge walls As I head west parallel below me is Forbidden Drive and the Rex Avenue Bridge another work site but tonight it is quiet Across the river and high atop the valley sits the statue of Tedyescung looking west I travel northbound and can see to my left above me the lights from Houston Playground They are way too bright and should be dimmed but someone must have forgotten to flick the switch Below me is the Red Covered Bridge at the bottom of Thomas Mill Road it is the last such bridge remaining in the Wissahickon sitting right here in the middle of the city this metropolitan paradise as it has been so aptly named a gem I swear last night the falls were frozen in mid air but tonight I think they have begun to flow again the weight of the water is heavier than the cold in the air I begin my ascent up a sharp slope I can feel the power and the effort my horse uses to take us up this steep incline safely Equipped with snow pads and borium what we equestrians affectionately call four wheel drive he has extra traction for the snow which prevents us from slipping or sliding As we reach the top he senses that we have reached our halfway point and my steed begins to pick up speed his walk quickens as he knows we now are on the way home Two white tail deer dart across the trail my horse stops offers them the right of way and then continues To one side a slight hue of red is left in the sky from the final throws of the sunset to my right the darkness of the Andorra Natural Area looms between the dense forests Now entering the upper end of Houston Meadow again a vast open meadow since the clearing it is now completely dark There is no daylight left in the sky but I didn t notice that until I reached the clearing Odd Enveloped and completely surrounded by the woods I did not realize how dark it was It was most calming and pleasant peaceful and quiet not at all eerie or frightening There are four deer in the meadow that feel no threat at all and continue to graze What could possibly be there to offer any sort of nutrition They just have a few

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  • Please Steer Clear of Muddy Trails « Friends of Wissahickon
    Wissahickon Valley Park and FOW is urging park users to refrain from using muddy trails If you are leaving prints hoof tire or boot the trail is too wet to use On wet days we recommend using Forbidden Drive which features a wide gravel surface which can be used in any weather condition If you do happen to approach a muddy spot please continue to hike or ride through it rather than around it which widens the trail and can cause damage to the surrounding habitat According to FOW s Project Manager Henry Stroud all the upper trails can become muddy in the spring and are highly susceptible to erosion and long term damage especially ones that face north and do not receive as much sunlight As the ground thaws it releases water and the trail surface loosens If disturbed before they have time to adequately dry the trails will become muddy which causes damage and accelerates erosion Freeze thaw cycles are explained in more detail here Park users can also consult the Map of the Wissahickon Valley Park for alternative trails Trail maps are available here Tags 1 comment Darence says April 14 2016 at 12 53 pm HHIS I should have thuohgt of that Reply Leave a comment Click here to cancel reply Categories Select a category Uncategorized Trail Work Current Projects Conservation News Nature Newsletter Restoration Events Apr 30th Creek Cleanup Apr 30th Woodland Wildflower hike with Don Simon Susan Simon and Lisa Kolker Apr 30th Kid Friendly Hike with Marv Schwartz View more events News 2016 Biennial Wissahickon Photo Contest News April 11 2016 Walnut Lane Bridge to Close for Six Months News March 29 2016 Spring Ephemerals in the Wissahickon Nature March 23 2016 See more news Follow FOW FOW on Facebook FOW on Instagram

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  • Conservation « Friends of Wissahickon
    Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email News Keep up to date with the park Please Steer Clear of Muddy Trails Conservation February 23 2016 FOW Seeks Proposals for Restoration of Three Park Sites Conservation February 04 2016 FOW to Host Watershed Quizzo in Manayunk on 2 29 Conservation February 04 2016 Winter Park Curfew Still in Effect Conservation February 04 2016 Partners in Park Stewardship Friends of the Cresheim Trail Conservation November 02 2015 Springtime at the Pond Conservation March 11 2015 Categories Select a category Uncategorized Trail Work Current Projects Conservation News Nature Newsletter Restoration Events Apr 30th Creek Cleanup Apr 30th Woodland Wildflower hike with Don Simon Susan Simon and Lisa Kolker Apr 30th Kid Friendly Hike with Marv Schwartz View more events News 2016 Biennial Wissahickon Photo Contest News April 11 2016 Walnut Lane Bridge to Close for Six Months News March 29 2016 Spring Ephemerals in the Wissahickon Nature March 23 2016 See more news Follow FOW FOW on Facebook FOW on Instagram Ongoing Projects We need volunteers to help restore structures repair stone work and rebuild trails Volunteer Get involved Become a member today You like to drink clean water I like

    Original URL path: http://fow.org/category/conservation/ (2016-04-26)
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  • FOW Seeks Proposals for Restoration of Three Park Sites « Friends of Wissahickon
    FOW Seeks Proposals for Restoration of Three Park Sites Conservation February 04 2016 Friends of the Wissahickon is currently accepting proposals for a one time contract to provide restoration plans specifications and construction services for work on three sites within the Wissahickon Valley Park Philadelphia PA This project involves the repair and stabilization of three sections of Forbidden Drive the primary trail that runs through the park along Wissahickon Creek as well as the restoration of the stream bank in these locations The RFP can be downloaded here http tinyurl com hmhy6wm Tags 0 comments Leave a comment Click here to cancel reply Categories Select a category Uncategorized Trail Work Current Projects Conservation News Nature Newsletter Restoration Events Apr 30th Creek Cleanup Apr 30th Woodland Wildflower hike with Don Simon Susan Simon and Lisa Kolker Apr 30th Kid Friendly Hike with Marv Schwartz View more events News 2016 Biennial Wissahickon Photo Contest News April 11 2016 Walnut Lane Bridge to Close for Six Months News March 29 2016 Spring Ephemerals in the Wissahickon Nature March 23 2016 See more news Follow FOW FOW on Facebook FOW on Instagram Ongoing Projects We need volunteers to help restore structures repair stone work

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  • FOW to Host Watershed Quizzo in Manayunk on 2/29 « Friends of Wissahickon
    Links of Interest FAQ Facebook Twitter Instagram Sitemap Privacy Policy Board Login Trail Ambassadors Login Home News Conservation FOW to Host Watershed Quizzo in Manayunk on 2 29 Share this page Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email FOW to Host Watershed Quizzo in Manayunk on 2 29 Conservation February 04 2016 Tags 0 comments Leave a comment Click here to cancel reply Categories Select a category Uncategorized Trail Work Current Projects Conservation News Nature Newsletter Restoration Events Apr 30th Creek Cleanup Apr 30th Woodland Wildflower hike with Don Simon Susan Simon and Lisa Kolker Apr 30th Kid Friendly Hike with Marv Schwartz View more events News 2016 Biennial Wissahickon Photo Contest News April 11 2016 Walnut Lane Bridge to Close for Six Months News March 29 2016 Spring Ephemerals in the Wissahickon Nature March 23 2016 See more news Follow FOW FOW on Facebook FOW on Instagram Ongoing Projects We need volunteers to help restore structures repair stone work and rebuild trails Volunteer Get involved Become a member today Nut in is better than a hike in the Wissahickon Let s Be Friends Become a member LetsBeFriends Facebook Twitter Instagram Buy A Trail Map Frequent Questions Get

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  • Winter Park Curfew Still in Effect « Friends of Wissahickon
    Mission Our Work Partners Speakers Bureau Links of Interest FAQ Facebook Twitter Instagram Sitemap Privacy Policy Board Login Trail Ambassadors Login Home News Conservation Winter Park Curfew Still in Effect Share this page Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email Winter Park Curfew Still in Effect Conservation February 04 2016 Tags 0 comments Leave a comment Click here to cancel reply Categories Select a category Uncategorized Trail Work Current Projects Conservation News Nature Newsletter Restoration Events Apr 30th Creek Cleanup Apr 30th Woodland Wildflower hike with Don Simon Susan Simon and Lisa Kolker Apr 30th Kid Friendly Hike with Marv Schwartz View more events News 2016 Biennial Wissahickon Photo Contest News April 11 2016 Walnut Lane Bridge to Close for Six Months News March 29 2016 Spring Ephemerals in the Wissahickon Nature March 23 2016 See more news Follow FOW FOW on Facebook FOW on Instagram Ongoing Projects We need volunteers to help restore structures repair stone work and rebuild trails Volunteer Get involved Become a member today Whoo loves the Wissahickon I do Let s Be Friends Become a member LetsBeFriends Facebook Twitter Instagram Buy A Trail Map Frequent Questions Get Directions Contact FOW Friends of the

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  • Public Meeting on January 27 « Friends of Wissahickon
    signage program and other upcoming projects in 2016 The meeting will be held at 6 30 p m in the Social Room of the Chestnut Hill Friends Meetinghouse located at 20 East Mermaid Lane Philadelphia Pa The Sustainable Trails Initiative is a multi year project that will make the 50 miles of recreation trails in the Wissahickon a more environmentally and socially sustainable system This project is being implemented in partnership with Philadelphia Parks Recreation In addition there will be an update on the new park wide signage system and a question and answer period For more information contact Friends of the Wissahickon Outreach Manager Sarah Marley at 215 247 0417 ext 109 or at marley fow org Tags 0 comments Leave a comment Click here to cancel reply Categories Select a category Uncategorized Trail Work Current Projects Conservation News Nature Newsletter Restoration Events Apr 30th Creek Cleanup Apr 30th Woodland Wildflower hike with Don Simon Susan Simon and Lisa Kolker Apr 30th Kid Friendly Hike with Marv Schwartz View more events News 2016 Biennial Wissahickon Photo Contest News April 11 2016 Walnut Lane Bridge to Close for Six Months News March 29 2016 Spring Ephemerals in the Wissahickon Nature

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