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LOOKING FORWARD TO AUTUMN!

HUNTING SEASON HAS BEGUN!   PLEASE READ THE HUNTING INFORMATION AT THE PARK ENTRANCE
Wear fluorescent orange and Stay Safe!
You can also check out hunting information on the Pa Game Commission website. Click below.

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NEW AT THE HILL !

MHCA purchased two new tables for the picnic area.  These tables are made of recycled plastic and will be more durable that the older wooden ones.
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Thanks to all of you who have saved your Redners tapes for us.  The funds from this program have paid for several park improvements like the ones mentioned above.

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REDNER'S SAVE-A-TAPE PROGRAM

REDNERS NOW HAS NEW REWARDS CARDS, BUT THEY ARE STILL USED FOR THE SAVE-A-TAPE PROGRAM. 
WE'RE ENJOYING A HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL FUND-RAISING EFFORT THROUGH REDNER'S WAREHOUSE MARKETS "SAVE-A-TAPE" PROGRAM. OUR ORGANIZATION WILL RECEIVE 1% OT THE TOTAL OF ALL ACCEPTABLE REGISTER TAPES SUBMITTED. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO LEARN THE DETAILS OF THE PROGRAM AND WHAT TAPES ARE ACCEPTABLE. THEN, IF YOU WANT TO SUPPORT MHCA'S MISSION WITH LITTLE OR NO EFFORT AND NO ADDITIONAL OUT-OF POCKET EXPENSE, STUFF A STASH OF ACCEPTABLE REDNER'S REGISTER TAPES  IN OUR GREEN BOX LOCATED AT THE PARK ENTRANCE (SHOWN ABOVE) OR SEND THEM IN AN ENVELOPE TO: 
MHCA
P.O. BOX 3
 DOUGLASSVILLE, PA  19518 
 
THANKS!

Adult Spotted Lanternfly
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TRACKING AN INVASIVE INSECT

In the fall of 2015 Amity Township was placed under quarantine after spotted lanternfly was discovered in the township.

This foreign insect is a recent arrival from the Far East and is now found in over 25 municipalities in Pennsylvania.

MHCA is assisting the Pa Dept of Agriculture in banding Ailanthus trees to capture and monitor the spread of this insect. There are several trees banded in the park.  Amity Township is looking for citizen volunteers to help with this effort. If you think you may have these trees on your property, please contact the township at 610 689 6000. For more information go to this website: 

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 WELCOME TO OUR WEBSITE !!
 FOR INFORMATION ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATION AND MONOCACY HILL RECREATION AREA, AMITY TOWNSHIP, BERKS COUNTY, PA.
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Monocacy Hill Recreation Area is a 428 acre forest located in Amity Township , Douglassville,  PA.  This recreation area was purchased by  Amity Township in 1967 for open space and recreation purposes.   It features about 6 miles of forest trails and is open year round from dawn to dusk for a variety of activities. Park rules and trail maps are available at the park entrance on Geiger Road. 
Click on the picture below to view a short video montage of Monocacy Hill by Daniel Marmontello -- and don't forget to view in "full screen"!

MONOCACY HILL - Video by Daniel Marmontello
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Click on the Photo for a Video Highlighting Monocacy Hill
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  ALSO NEW... Thanks to James Kriner, we also have a brand new kiosk at the park entrance to display information. James worked very hard planning, building and installing this as his Eagle Scout project with Scout Troop 597.   He also gave us a fresh layer of wood chips in the picnic area. Congratulations to James and his family and crew on a job well done. 
 
Just want to say thanks to Wanner Landscaping for the donation of the woodchips for this project. Pete Wanner is a longtime friend of the Hill, helping us with various projects over the years.It is always nice to have generous community partners. Check out their website at :

Monocacy Hill is a valuable natural resource in this area, providing habitat for wild animals and plants, watershed protection and various kinds of outdoor recreation for the people of this region. With development increasing all around us, Monocacy Hill is one of the few natural open spaces remaining in the area.  MHCA assists Amity Township year round in maintaining the trails and facilities.  The work that we do allows area residents to enjoy this beautiful recreation area.

spring-wildflower-sheet.jpgFor those interested in the many varieties of wildflowers found on Monocacy Hill, we've included posters of spring and summer wildflowers on our website.  It is our hope that you can use this information to further enhance your enjoyment of your walk through our little natural wonder right here in the heart of Berks County.  Click on either page below to see an enlarged view.
 
Spring Wildflowers
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Summer Wildflowers
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LOCATION MARKERS
Recently location markers were installed along the trails at Monocacy Hill. They are located approximately every quarter mile and will be used by emergency responders to locate anyone who might need assistance while hiking.  Each location marker is tied to GPS coordinates to make pinpoint an exact location.   Please be aware of these markers as you hike on the trails.  If you are injured or lost, call 911 and give them the number of the nearest location marker.  Be safe and remember to be out of the park before dark. 

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MHCA * P.O. Box 3 * Douglassville * PA * 19518