Due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, the meeting was held remotely via Zoom.
Pete Goodman (chair) opened the meeting at 6:30 pm.
Maany and Walker accepted another 3-year term. Richardson was approved as an EAC member which will end December 31, 2021.
Goodman announced he will be retiring as Chair at the end of 2021.
Minutes were approved unanimously on a motion by Richardson, seconded by Armstrong.
Goodman announced another Penn State webinar series “Streams in Your Backyard” - 5 webinars starting in February into March. Inexpensive and simple
Action: ask Linda to advertise on weekly township announcements.
Nature News will be going out this week.
Action: Goodman will continue to reach out to Deerfield.
Action: survey the tree and shrub status before next meeting.
In the future, perhaps in the fall, Goodman agreed to do something on the streams of Charlestown -
Armstrong knows someone who can do a talk about invasive plants to cook and eat
Audubon preserve has excellent speakers. Some EAC members had attended a talk on MOTUS wildlife tracking system which we could consider hosting as well.
Action: Solomon will start preparing for our next presentation tentatively for April.
Action: Identify areas in township for future riparian work.
Next Nature News could be a summary of what we learned from the Penn State Extension webinars.
Armstrong reports the Watershed-Friendly Property Certification program is finishing up publications and brochures. Once they’re done, Armstrong will be notified and she/we can present it to residents to encourage them to have their properties certified. The goal is to help residents develop better watershed protection stewardship and knowledge. Goodman is currently certified.
There are also pollinator certification programs – Master Gardeners has a certification program. There are many programs that have similar certifications. We could educate residents about why one should pursue to have their properties certified but not promote a specific organization. Richardson will share what organizations have such programs. She emphasizes that you don’t have to be a Master Gardener to do this. Armstrong suggests making this a newsletter article. We could discuss common misconceptions about common pollinator plants and their ecological contributions.
ACTION: investigate and promote programs to residents.
DCNR wingspan project Armstrong reports we were on their shortlist of public lands that could qualify for plugs and seed. Still waiting to hear.
Meeting adjourned at 8:05.