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  • Calendar of Events
    hiker APRIL Sunday April 3 1 30 PM Walk in the Woods Sunday April 10 1 30 PM Wildflower Walk Sunday April 17 10 00 AM Tails on the Trails Dog Walk and Sunday April 17 1 30 PM Wildflower Walk MAY Sunday May 1 10 00 AM to 500 PM SPRING OPEN HOUSE SEE DETAILS IN RIGHT COLUMN Sunday May 15 10 00 AM Tails on the Trails Dog Walk and Sunday May 15 1 30 PM Walk in the Woods Sunday May 29 8 00 AM Bird Walk with The Sierra Club and Sunday May 29 10 00 AM Tails on the Trails Dog Walk JUNE Sunday June 5 10 00 AM Tails on the Trails Dog Walk Sunday June 12 10 00 AM Wildflower Walk Pollinator Field and Sunday June 12 1 30 PM Walk in the Woods SPRING OPEN HOUSE Sunday May 1st 10 AM to 5 PM Meet and greet members and friends in the Geiger Road parking picnic area Refreshments Games and Displays Trail events Tails on the Trails Dog Walk 10 00 AM Walk in the Woods 11 30 AM Wildflower Walk 1 30 PM Sunset Hike 6 30 PM Wildflower Walk with Dr Susan Munch Come Join the Fun Trail Maintenance Our Currently Scheduled Workdays Are Sat and Sun March 19 and 20 9 AM to 3 PM and Sat and Sun May 21 and 22 9 AM to 3 PM Monocacy Hill Natural Recreation Area is maintained by two groups Amity Township and The Monocacy Hill Conservation Association MHCA We publish a schedule of workdays as events for our volunteers to participate in that are aimed at maintaining the Hill s rich natural environment Such activities include trail trimming storm damage clean up and eradication of invasive plant species We currently

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  • Members Page
    improvements this spring And we are always looking for people to help us with work on invasive plants Please contact us if you are interested Volunteers are the heart and soul of our organization We greatly appreciate the time and effort they contribute to maintaining this beautiful recreation area There are many volunteer opportunities available with MHCA If you are interested in joining our volunteer team please check off committee

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  • Invasives 101
    of these invasive plants is a key component of the Forest Stewardship Plan BASICS Plants insects animals taken out of their natural habitat may not have the natural predators and diseases that previously kept their population under control So they are able to agressively compete with native species for space light water and nutrients and spread through the forest displacing our native species In our area for example deer will browse on native plants and rarely eat non native food sources Norway Maple Acer platanoides First brought to the US in 1762 reportedly in the Philadelphia area this tree is one of the top priority species listed for treatment and removal at Monocacy Hill This tree produces many seeds and can spread quickly displacing native trees and hindering understory growth It is very similar to the sugar maple but has a shiny underleaf and milky sap Tagging removal and treatment are planned to control the further spread of of Norway Maples NORWAY MAPLE TAGGED FOR TREATMENT Following the recommendations in the Forest Stewardship Plan our first professional treatment on invasives took place this spring in April when Amity Township hired ECOBOUND INC to spray some of the larger Norway Maples

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  • ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION
    and history buffs will want to check out the History of Monocacy Hill located at the old quarry building along Lower Trail LEARN WHILE YOU WALK We now offer several self guided activities SCAVENGER HUNT TREE IDENTIFICATION BIRDWALK sheets are available at the park entrance for kids and adults The sign project was made possible by a grant from Berks County Recreation grant funding and the bequest of a former

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  • Links
    Native Plant Information Links On this page we provide links to information about our local community and region and highlight other conservation organizations AMITY TOWNSHIP Amity Township It s Amity Amity Heritage Society My Amity Gardens Parents Source MOMS Club of Douglassville West MOMS Club of Douglassville EAST BERKS COUNTY Berks County Nature Mengel Natural History Society BERKS CONSERVANCY HISTORIC PRESERVATION TRUST OTHER LINKS Haycreek Watershed Association Pa Game Commission

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  • New Page Title
    of the forest The township along with MHCA and other community volunteers will now work on implementing the recommendations in the plan Anyone who wishes to join in fighting invasive plant species and restoring the health of the Hill please contact us and volunteer your time or contribute by becoming a member Forest Stewardship Plan plan done by forest landowners to help them manage and maintain their property This type of plan was done to determine the future use management and maintenance of Monocacy Hill Recreation Area The Forest Stewardship Plan will be a valuable tool to help maintain and manage this land for the health of the forest and recreation for future generations Amity Township formed a Forest Stewardship Committee to work on completing a Forest Stewardship Plan Following the advice of the Pa Bureau of Forestry and other forest professionals the committee gathered public input and researched current forest issues In summer of 2008 Amity Township selected Natural Lands Trust to write the plan for Monocacy Hill The plan includes a number of suggestions for park improvements and recommendations on work to restore the health of the forest FOREST STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE GOALS Preserve the forested mountain aesthetics of

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  • Driving Directions / Trail Map
    Monocacy Hill couldn t be easier Click on the small directions map below to go to our Getting to Monocacy Hill page with a detailed local map Then come back to this page and click on the small Trail Map to go to our large printable map of all of our trails and features Then get in your car or on your motorcycle and come see the great natural outdoor

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  • Native Plant Information
    the water we drink rely on the health of this natural system As we develop more land for roads industry and homes we alter the balance of this web Native plant gardens can help preserve plants that are disappearing from natural areas and provide resources for wildlife in our neighborhoods FOOD FOR POLLINATORS BENEFITS to GOING NATIVE Native wildlife including insects birds amphibians reptiles and mammals rely on native plants for food shelter and nesting sites Since native plants and wildlife evolved together they are best suited to meet each other s needs Areas of high biological diversity offer more opportunities for plants and animals to be healthy and fight disease Since native plants are adapted to the environmental conditions of an area they generally require less fertilizer water and care than non native ornamental plants VIRGINIA BLUEBELLS MERTENSIA VIRGINICA Few people realize that they have the potential for a nature oasis in their own backyard And it all starts with native plants We recommend a book called Bringing Nature Home by Doug Tallamy Choosing native plants for your garden is an important step in increasing biodiversity on your property and beyond Non native plants often become invasive in your

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