Trails See Improvements
Thanks to funding by Laurel Foundation and the
hard work of the employees of Sound Improvements Construction,
drainage issues on the Whiskey Boys Trail and the Liberty Trails
have been addressed. Water should no longer collect on the
trails which makes them difficult to use during wet times of the
Major improvements have also been made to the
Neville's Trace Trail near the Jewish Community Center. The
trail in this area had been narrow and slippery during wet
weather, and now the trail has been widened and a few steps have
been placed in the steeper areas.
A change to Tom-the-Tinker Trail is also being
planned. The changes will be made to the stream crossing and
to a steep section of that trail that has been especially
difficult to walk.
We would like to thank a number of local companies
for donating products and services which has allowed us to make
improvements that we might not have been able to afford.
These donations are greatly appreciated.
Our Spring 2014 program on growing and
harvesting herbs truly delivered! Thirty-seven attendees went home full of
great ideas, not only about herbs to grow and use for culinary purposes, but a
colorful slide show proved that herbs can be used as attractive additions to a
home landscape. Penn State Master Gardener Joan Kugler presented a list of
perennial and annual herbs and advised which grow easily from seeds and which
are best purchased as nursery plants. She also gave her tips for drying
the herbs for later use and shared with us her favorite tools. Consider
trying herbs this year - perhaps a purple basil or some pineapple sage.
Cleanups to Plantings to Earth Day - Our Volunteers Make it Happen
We want to give a big THANK YOU to all of the volunteers
who came out to help with our spring projects this year. Volunteers are
the backbone of our organization, and with their help, the Kane Woods walking
trails remain open for public use and the traffic island we maintain can
continue to be enjoyed by hundreds of people driving by on a daily basis.
Unless we are able to procure a grant, our budget is not large enough to pay to
have work done, which is why we are thankful for the volunteer help.
Maintaining our Kane Woods Nature Area walking trails and the
traffic island at the corner of Greentree and Cochran Roads is hard
work. The twelve volunteers that helped with trail maintenance on
Earth Day and the seven volunteers who came out to plant the traffic island in
May are greatly appreciated.
In the Kane Woods, our volunteers completed a number of
projects. The area around the Whiskey Point shelter and along the trails
was cleaned up. Using the chain saw, a large portion of the fallen tree
near the shelter was cut into firewood and will be stored in the small shed that
was constructed on site that same day.
The trash on the hillside along our trail behind the Jewish
Community Center was also collected and removed. Thank you to the
anonymous helpers who move the trash cans at each trailhead to the curb and back
every Sunday and Monday on garbage pickup day.
On the traffic island, weeds were pulled, bushes were pruned and
flowers planted. Because of the number of volunteers who came out this
year, the work was completed in an hour and a half. Although the
island will continue to need care throughout the growing season, getting the
initial planting done is the biggest project.