Due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, the meeting was held remotely via Zoom.
Pete Goodman (chair) opened the meeting at 6:00 pm.
Minutes were approved on a motion by Richardson, seconded by Solomon, and were approved unanimously.
Discussion about Charlestown Earth Day scheduled for Saturday, April 10th (rain-date Saturday April 17th). Actual Earth Day is April 22. How to engage residents for Earth Day activities. Organize small group/family units for clean-ups. Post a request for an unofficial poll of focus areas for clean-up on Nextdoor.com. Ask Linda to post it on newsletter as well. Other ideas are wildflower walks, “treat” bags with seeds and info on top 10 things to do on your property. These bags could be picked up at the Township bldg. Another activity would be groups to remove invasives (Ashlee Byer is good at identifying them). Richardson suggests contacting Bartlett (or Davies) to see if they are giving away native tree springs this year.
Action: Maany start Earth day cleanup plans. Parks and Rec will also be involved. Armstrong will help as well organize Earth day events with Maany.
Other days to note on calendar where these activities could be organized around:
For Arbor day we should consider creating small wallet sized card listing recommended top native plants for pollinators in PA for residents. We could use our budget to purchase. It’s good to have something in your wallet for when you are out buying plants. Richardson was trying to find a sample and source.
Goodman thanked Chris Lawrence from Parks and recs for work on herbicide and fertilizer issues in Township landscaping contract (up for bid -“scope of work”). What was the final document outcome that was approved by BoS? Manual weeding was removed. Herbicide application needs township approval. What was the point of having EAC input? Byer shared final document that was approved by BoS.
Goodman discussed issue of erosion on edge of Pickering. It has resulted in having to move the trails on steep banks away because they keep collapsing. It is becoming increasingly severe.
We reviewed our budget details. Estes proposed planting dedicated trees- could EAC be engaged in fundraising activities?
ACTION: Goodman has to check– we may need to make a special account separate from township funds–
Next edition of Nature News is due in April as well- spring flowers as a topic?
Other topics discussed for nature news vs. township newsletter: Solid waste authority & their zero waste program for 2021. Talked about approaching schools. Richardson could write something for summer newsletter on tomato horn worm and pawpaw tree festival (takes place in September). We could do a pawpaw tree tour in Charlestown Township.
Armstrong could write something on grasses and other plants that could compete with invasives. Solomon will take any written donation to nature news so send them her way.
Armstrong did a second planting of wildflowers near the community garden at Brightside- she also dug up multiflora roots. This will take some time to see progress without using chemical methods.
Congrats Estes on her appointment as township tax collector.
Next meeting date is Monday, March 8th, 2021.
Meeting adjourned at 8 pm.