Tuesday, July 11, 2017

PSU Ag & Environment Center, Partners Holding Events To Promote Conservation Practices In Chiques Creek Watershed, Lancaster County

The Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center and Chiques Creek Re-envisioned are partners in offering several events this summer to promote conservation practices and clean water in the Chiques Watershed in Lancaster County.
Funded by a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the partnership is bringing a host of education and outreach events to the watershed this summer. Upcoming events include:
-- July 13: Penn State Extension Pond and Lake Management Workshop, Graybill Farm, 367 Doe Run Road, Manheim from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Learn about the various cycles in your pond, how to control weeds and algae, and the value of buffer strips to protect pond health.  Click Here to register.
-- July 22: Penn State Extension Summer Garden Experience, Southeast Ag Research & Education Center (SEAREC), 1446 Auction Road, Manheim from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Learn what plants are best for attracting pollinators and beneficial insects to your garden and landscape, how to manage stormwater through gardening and landscaping, other gardening tips, and the latest in horticultural and agronomic research from Penn State. Featured speaker is Doug Tallamy, the nationally-recognized author of Bringing Nature Home and The Living Landscape. Visit the SEAREC website to learn more.
-- August 2: Penn State Extension Equine Pasture Walk, Elm Ridge Farm, 373 Elm Road, Lititz from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Learn about environmental stewardship and farm management for small acreage horse farms as we tour Elm Ridge Farm owned by Wayne and Marian Martenas. See examples of manure storage, sacrifice lots, rotational grazing and riparian buffers. Sharpen skills at forage and weed identification, evaluating pastures, and soil testing with hands-on activities.  Click Here to register.
--  August 9: Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance Chiques Creek Stomp, Mummau Park, 536 West High Street, Manheim at 6:00 p.m.  Join Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance and its partners for an evening in the creek at the Mummau Park restoration project. Get your old sneakers wet as you find out what critters live in the stream and what it means for water quality and stream health.  Visit the CCWA website to learn more.
More information on this initiative is available by visiting the Chiques Creek Re-envisioned website.
For more information on programs, initiatives and upcoming events of the Center, visit the Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center webpage or contact Matthew Royer, Director of the Center, by sending email to: mzr154@psu.edu or call 814-863-8756.  Click Here to sign up for regular updates from the Center.
(Photo: Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance Logan Park Streambank Restoration Project.)
(Reprinted from the July quarterly newsletter from the Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center. Click Here to sign up for your own copy.)

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