Meetings: 1st Thursday of every month at 9:00 a.m. Click HERE to see upcoming events.
Environmental Advisory Council Members:
- John Matthews, Chair
- Janet Parry, Co-Chair
- Warren Fox
- Linda Reichert
- Donna Switzer
- Glen Wenger
- Richard Pomeroy
The West Pikeland Township (WPT) Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) mission: To advise the WPT Board of Supervisors and other WPT committees on matters dealing with the protection, conservation, management, promotion and use of natural resources located within WPT.
In addition, the EAC will:
- Establish positive and constructive relationships with WPT municipal officials and attend other WPT municipal meetings to provide EAC input and presence.
- Solicit and share the opinions and perspectives of the residents WPT regarding environmental issues within WPT.
- Identify and cultivate relationships with subject matter experts and concerned residents of WPT who are committed to the preservation of natural resources within WPT.
- Educate the residents of WPT on environmental issues that have an impact on the residents and natural resources of WPT.
- Participate and coordinate with regional environmental and planning organizations with respect to environmental issues (e.g., Phoenixville Regional Planning Committee).
- Identify and pursue grants and other opportunities that provide for the study and improvement of natural resources within WPT (e.g., Return on Environment).
- Solicit and encourage public participation in all EAC activities, maintain maximum transparency at all time.
Section II: Public Participation
Section III: News
Return on Environment – A study was conducted in Fall 2019 by the Keystone Conservation Trust together with Audubon Pennsylvania and funded by the William Penn Foundation through the Delaware River Watershed Initiative to explain the financial value of nature in West Pikeland Township. The Study results will help policymakers, businesses and residents make informed choices about economic development and investments while protecting the township environment, rural character, values and time-honored traditions. See link for the full report and interactive maps. . https://wplan.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=4574dd3d500849f5b47a74c3b85d8306
Eel Release – On August 29, more than 1,000 American eels were released into Pickering Creek near Yellow Springs in Chester County in the hope they will help control populations of an invasive species of crayfish, known as the virile crayfish. http://paenvironmentdaily.blogspot.com/2019/08/american-eels-to-be-reintroduced-to.html
Tree Planting – WPT EAC members supported the tree planting event in June 2019. The Township plannted approximately 150 trees on the streambank of the Pickering Creek on the Township’s soon to be newest park, Walnut Lane Park. This will help not only bring more green to West Pikeland, but will help stabilize Pickering Creek.
Spotted Lantern Fly
Chester County is part of a quarantine zone designed to reduce the spread of this destructive, invasive pest. See the link to see what homeowners can do to participate in quarantine requirements. https://extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly-management-for-homeowners
Section IV: Resources
– PA Dept of Environmental Protection – https://www.dep.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx
– PA Dept of Natural Resources – https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx
– Phoenixville Regional Comprehensive Plan – https://www.phoenixville.org/332/Phoenixville-Regional-Comprehensive-Plan
Penn State University Extension: https://extension.psu.edu/
Non-Governmental and Non-Profit Organizations that support natural resources in our area:
– Green Valleys Watershed Association: https://www.greenvalleys.org/
– French and Pickering Trust: https://frenchandpickering.org/
– Delaware Riverkeeper Network: https://delawareriverkeeper.org/