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Update - Restoration & Preservation Work On-going at Boy Scout Game Preserve

Post Date:01/09/2020 1:54 PM

Update - Restoration & Preservation Work On-going at Boy Scout Game Preserve

Abington Township Parks and Recreation Services recently removed invasive plant species and dead ash trees at the Boy Scout Game Preserve along Valley Road in Meadowbrook. This effort is part of the ongoing preservation and stewardship of the property, as discussed in a previous article, which can be read by clicking here.

Since the update, the Township has been working to remove vines and debris and to spread mulch through the cleared area to suppress the resprouting of invasive vines. This initial restoration is a three-part approach that seeks to restore and preserve the space, which includes a.) the application of mulch to the cleared area in order to suppress the resprouting of invasive vines, b.) establishment of a maintenance plan to keep the recurrent vines under control, and c.) begin to reestablish a woodland with understory in the cleared area.

The Abington Shade Tree Commission and the Township Parks and Recreation Services partnered to conduct a site evaluation and design a restoration planting plan. The first priority is to establish a series of groves of native canopy trees, that are suitable to the area and will thrive in the natural settings. Identified trees include Acer rubrum (Red maple), Acer saccharinum (Silver maple), Betula nigra (River birch), Betula populifolia (Gray birch), Carpinus caroliniana (Hornbeam), Diospyros virginiana (Persimmon),  Liquidambar styraciflua (Sweetgum), Liriodendron tulipifera (Tulip poplar), Nyssa sylvatic (Black gum), Platanus occidentalis (Sycamore), and Quercus palustris (Pin oak). The second priority is to follow with the establishment of native understory trees.

To begin the establishment of several groves, 123 canopy trees have been purchased, with a focus on planting the southeastern portion of the preserve. Given the current warm winter weather, the trees will be planted in early to mid-January to help their roots begin to establish before the spring-summer growing season. Community partners, who have graciously volunteered to support this effort, include the Abington Shade Tree Commission, Abington Environmental Advisory Council, Abington School District-Service Learning and Environmental Club, Audubon Society- PA Chapter and Mill Grove, Boy Scouts of America, Montgomery County Community College, Pennypack Environmental Restoration Trust and many others!

The public is invited to lend a hand to plant trees, and to install fencing to protect against deer browse. Volunteers can participate, as they are able, on Saturday, January 11, 2020, from 8 am to 12 pm, and Sunday, January 12, 2020, from 9 am to 12 pm. Members of the Shade Tree Commission and local environmental organizations will be on hand to guide and assist. All tools and supplies will be provided. Volunteers are encouraged to bring refillable water bottles and to wear sturdy shoes. For more information regarding the event, please visit the Abington Shade Tree Commission’s web-page at www.facebook.com/abingtontrees.

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