The Environmental Advisory Commission meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm.
The Environmental Advisory Council shall have the following powers:
The EAC meets on the second Thursday of each month on the Ground Floor of the Township Building. Township residents are welcome to attend.
In addition to serving as an advisory group the Board of Supervisors, the EAC provides service and educational events throughout the year for you, the residents. This year the EAC sponsored a stream ecology event in Bonner Park led by Ashland Nature Center and a fall bird walk in Barrett’s Meadow led by John Mercer. Please check the Township website and our Facebook Page, Environmental Advisory Council, for current news and photos of past events. FYI: The historical hike in Bonner Park is to be rescheduled in the new year. Monthly trail work included a spring streams cleanup in conjunction with CRC as part of an Earth Day celebration. EAC members and volunteers removed tires and debris out of Chester Creek. This Fall, a major clearing of the area west of the parking area of Barrett’s Meadow was conducted to ease access and maintenance of the perimeter trail. The EAC is grateful to Township resident Dan O’Donnell, who donated the use of his chipper. Despite adverse weather canceling several of our events in 2018, the EAC was able to explore the “St Anthony” expansion of Martin Park and discussed the idea of a new picnic area. We considered renewal of a trail connecting the main site at Palmer Arboretum with the remote entrance on Westtown Road. We also assessed the Thornbury Historic Area next to Bonner Park.
Use this link to access the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Emerald Ash Borer page if you have Ash trees on your property.
The EAC has established and oversees several wonderful trails in the township. Our mission has been to preserve open space in the township, to extend the length of existing ‘greenways’ and to provide residents with the opportunity to savor the natural scenic beauty that exists in our own community. For more extensive descriptions and information on our trail system, please use the following link .
Every year the EAC hosts a Community Education Program at the Township Building.
In 2016, we sponsored a Composting Seminar presented by Sam Barnett of the Master Gardeners and Penn State Extension. The first 10 residents to sign up received a free composting bin.
On April 8, 2017 from 11am -12pm, we hosted a Watershed/Stormwater Run-off Educational seminar presented by Vail Ryan of the Master Watershed Program and Penn State Extension. The seminar was held in the Township Building and the first 10 residents that signed up received a free rain barrel.
In 2016, the EAC began a new project to address the growing concern about the drastic decline of the Monarch butterfly population to near extinction levels. Milkweed plants are essential for the ability of Monarchs to thrive and reproduce but these have been greatly reduced in number by increased development as well as by the use of herbicides. We are attempting to create Monarch waystations by preserving known stands of milkweed plants on township property by signposting these areas and not mowing them during the growing season. In addition, new milkweed seedlings were planted in select locations such as in the field adjacent to the Thornbury township Farmer’s Market to further encourage monarch habitats. We are pleased to report that numerous residents participated by informing us of existing milkweed plants and informing us when Monarchs were sighted.
Special events are scheduled several times a year on Saturday mornings to showcase our wonderful trail system and all residents are welcome to participate.
On several separate occasions, we have hosted a Scavenger Hunt on the Luckenbach Trail for our younger residents. Stream ecologists from the Ashland Nature Center have come equipped with fishnets, field microscopes and water testing kits. Participants learned to identify a variety of microinvertebrates inhabiting Chester Creek and to learn about their life cycle. Local arborists led informative tours along the trail as youngsters searched for hidden treats.
For several years, the EAC has sponsored hikes along the Luckenbach Trail and in Bonner Park led by local historians Sam Neumann and Walter Cressler. The 2017 Historical Hike along the Luckenbach Trail took place on May 6 and highlighted the industrial heritage of our township as exemplified by the extensive ruins of mill operations along Chester Creek and the stone crusher plants related to the John T. Dyer Quarry.
Bird Watching Event:
Begun in 2016 and to be repeated this fall, “Introduction to Birding” is led by local resident John Mercer who leads bird walks for West Chester Bird Club, Longwood Gardens and The Friends of Exton park. This is a wonderful way to learn the basics of bird identification and bird calls. Next Bird Watching Event:
Volunteers are encouraged to Join Us on Our Monthly Trail Clearings. All are Welcome! We meet on Saturday Mornings at 9 am at the parking lot by the Cheyney Post Office on Station Rd. Come meet your neighbors, contribute to the enhancement of our township’s beautiful natural resources and enjoy a morning outing on one of our trails. Upcoming trail clearings: