The Environmental Advisory Commission meets on the third 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.
The EAC is delighted to welcome Lew Manges, who will be filling the unexpired term of Larry Barrett, who has moved to a local retirement community. Lew has always been interested in preserving the beautiful environment that first attracted him and his wife to Thornbury Township over 25 years ago. Said Lew, “I will try my best to carry on the good work of Larry Barrett although no one can replace our environmental icon who served this community so well for many years.”
As we think about how we can collectively preserve our environment, please consider this insight from Thornbury resident and professional arborist Dan O’Donnell:
Historic preservation is an issue that is growing in importance as development sprawls. In a township as historic as Thornbury, it’s essential to preserve the character that makes it so attractive. But historic preservation doesn’t stop at the foundation of our structures.
Our homes would not be a valuable without the lush surroundings that embrace them. That 10-degree drop in heat you feel upon returning to the inside of forested Thornbury during the hottest summer months is worth as much to the quality of life as the old mills and the memory of Squire Cheyney.
There are some things that are out of our control, such as the Emerald ash borer and other pests that threaten the guardians of our soil and shade. But the things we can control are worth our time, concern and, yes, expense. Careful and caring stewardship of what remains of the little forests and groves in Thornbury Township will not only play a role in maintaining the value of our homes and properties, but the feeling that comes with life here in the township.
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Please join us in wishing Larry Barrett a fond farewell. After many, many years living in Thornbury Township, the founding father of the Environmental Advisory Council (EAC), our very own Larry Barrett, has decided to retire from the EAC and move from his home of 72 years. If only we all could be so tenacious and dedicated! We are grateful for Larry’s service to the Township. He has been an asset to our community. Thank you, Larry, and best wishes, as you start the next chapter of your life.
The EAC is comprised of seven Township residents who provide advisory service and environmental education to the Township throughout the year. The EAC meets at 7pm the third Thursday of each month in the Township building. Meetings are open to the public.This spring, Walt Cressler, Research Librarian at West Chester University and Chris Campbell, Thornbury historian and PhD candidate, led an informative historic hike along Chester Creek and the Lukenbach Trail. Attendees learned about the former mill, quarry operations and insight into Thornbury Township’s rich industrial heritage.In addition to the many new birdhouses, Barrett’s Meadow has had some recent updates instituted by PennDOT, including a mowed loop trail for your hiking pleasure. Several picnic tables are planned for various scenic locations, making Barrett’s Meadow a welcoming locale for birds and people alike!Speaking of birds, Barrett’s Meadow will be the site of a bird walk on September 14th at 10am. The hike will be led by John Mercer, Thornbury township resident and local bird expert. The hike should last about 40 minutes. All are welcome and children should be accompanied by an adult. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Bring your own binoculars if you have them. Binoculars will be provided, but quantity is limited.
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: