Blog by Frankie Lazauskas, Upstream Conservation Leader
It’s been a busy past few months here at TTF! We’ve had a couple of groups of volunteers come out to some of our restoration projects to help us keep these sites free from invasive plants so that our native plantings can thrive.
On May 6th, 2017, a group of 12 volunteers from Abington Environmental Advisory Council, Washington Gas Energy Services, Power Corps Philadelphia, and students from Abington School District joined us at Abington Junior High School. They helped us add some more trees to our existing riparian buffer project at this site, courtesy of Carbonfund. The project, which began in 2012, sits along the east branch of Baeder Creek, a headwater stream of the Jenkintown and Tookany Creek.
During the day’s effort, volunteers planted 70 trees and shrubs. The addition of these trees will increase the canopy cover along the creek, and stabilize the heavily eroded stream banks. Plant species such as serviceberry, blackgum, hornbeam, redbud, silky dogwood, and arrowwood viburnum were chosen specifically to accommodate these wet, steep conditions. The volunteers worked diligently and finished planting all 70 trees and shrubs with time to repair deer fencing as well! It takes a lot of time and effort to maintain restoration sites like this, so we are very grateful for their hard work!
About a month later on June 16, volunteers from PHLY Insurance helped us maintain our riparian buffer project at Ethel Jordan Park. The volunteers endured a hot and humid day as they removed vines such as the invasive porcelain berry and wild grape vines which were seriously damaging our fencing. After three hours of hard work, these 16 enthusiastic volunteers had removed a massive pile of invasive plant material and had fixed all of the fencing that had been damaged. The work they did will allow the 250+ native trees and shrubs we’ve planted along the creek bank to have more space to grow, which will improve the wildlife habitat and stormwater filtration that this restoration project is designed to provide. The success of our restoration projects depends on hard working volunteers like the PHLY Insurance team! If you would like to volunteer to help maintain our creek-side plantings, contact Frankie at or 215-744-1853.