In August of 2010 the Schuylkill Highlands Mini
Grant Program awarded Amty Township $10,000 for work to treat and remove invasive plant species and to replant
treated areas. MHCA was a key partner in this project. We contributed $1,000 toward the cash match
and over 425 hours of volunteer work to the project. A huge thanks to the Cub Scouts from Troop 597 (and their
leaders and parents) for coming out to help us plant native trees. The Scouts planted and watered about
200 tree seedlings , in addition to working toward their scouting requirements. We also had some help from
Penn State students last spring who earned class credit with their community service work at the Hill. Early work
on the larger vines was done by Larry Lloyd, Senior Ecologist with the Berks Conservancy.
In fall of 2012 the final
phase of the project was completed when Weeds, Inc of Aston, PA was contracted to spray herbicide on Japanese Honeysuckle
vines in over 30 acres of the park.
A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS WHO CLIPPED , PULLED AND BAGGED
THOSE NASTY VINES FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS! Our job now is to continue to maintain these areas so that the invasives do
not grow back and native plants can repopulate the forest.
The Schuylkill Highlands organization partners with
commnities, organizations, municipalities, and businesses to restore and preserve the recreational,
natural, historic and cultural resources of this region of the PA Highlands.
To learn more about their work
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