Due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, the meeting was held remotely via Zoom.
Pete Goodman (chair) opened the meeting at 7:00 pm.
Minutes were approved on a motion by Richardson, seconded by Armstrong, and were approved unanimously.
Upcoming conferences announced.
Per Maany’s request for accommodation, there was a discussion around moving our meetings on second Mondays of the month at 7 pm. Goodman put forth a motion to move meeting permanently starting in April. Richardson seconded it. All were in favor. Goodman will advise Linda- next meeting is the 12 of April.
A briefing was provided by those having attended the Northern Chester County EAC meeting. West Pikeland is interested in helping EAC coordinate educational programs for our communities to shrink their lawns. Richardson will be giving a presentation about it on March 23 called “Honey I shrank my lawn”. Also, at the meeting, acquaintance was made with WeConservePA — a terrific resource for EAC. They were formerly known as the PA Land Trust Alliance (PALTA). They have a lot of resources for us — bylaws, the EAC handbook, etc. They are a PA support organization for land trusts. Armstrong requested of WeConservePa if we could list all our webinars on their website.
Action: putting out something in nature news about locations and raffle incentives.
Goodman will get bags and supplies- will also get paper lawn waste bags as alternative to plastic.
Only one bid on landscape contract for township property. The BoS had amended the RFP to review the use of herbicides.
Update on Daniel Stoudt development and donation of 55 3-inch caliber trees that were not able to be planted. The Park & Rec was considering putting 25 in wet area in Charlestown Park and other locations in Brightside. At the last BoS meeting the BoS decided to get a monetary replacement instead of the trees.
What chemical do they use for slash and treat? Goodman will let us know.
Armstrong wants to know if there is interest in presentation for Watershed-Friendly Property Certification program- could do it later in the summer.
Richardson will do a pollinator webinar in June for National Pollinator week- 20-26th. Wednesday June 16th at 7 pm.
Action: make announcement on Nextdoor, Linda for website and weekly emails and Facebook.
Armstrong wonders if there is an interest on a Short article on federal bills for funding on environmental projects? Establishing EV stations in township to benefit traffic patterns? Perhaps for future date
Richardson sent out an email to members about Arbor Day sale of plants available through the Lancaster County Conservation District. Goodman will run idea by Cori Trice of Chester County Conservation District to see if there is interest in doing a program like that locally.
Next meeting date is Monday, April 12 at 7 pm. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81149373056
Meeting adjourned at 8:00 pm.