Caring for Communities

banner8Merrill Linn Conservancy Earth Month Celebration!  Merrill W. Linn Land & Waterways Conservancy and its subsidiary, Buffalo Creek Watershed Alliance, present the annual Caring for Communities: Earth Month Celebration—Caring for Communities, a series of fun, family oriented events on weekends in April into May, explores critical environmental issues affecting the sustainability and well being of our communities This year we will hike trails, visit farms, paddle local waterways, create art outdoors, learn about renewable energy and much more. Our theme this year: Keeping Our Forests Vibrant.

Thursday, March 30
7:10 and 7:40 am: WKOK 1070 AM live talk show On the Mark on Merrill Linn Conservancy and its activities and accomplishments and upcoming Caring for Communities eventsHosted by Mark Lawrence as a WKOK Sunrise segment.

Saturday, April 1
1 pm – Movie at the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home. Co-sponsored by the Bucknell University Center for Sustainability and the Environment. Raises awareness about sustain-able, native, healthy, easy, and affordable land care practices that support wildlife and human life.

Sunday, April 2
2:30 pm – Presentation and tour on Bull Run 6th Street Corridor project in Lewisburg (Presentation at Larison Hall at Bucknell University, followed by a walk along 6th Street. Led by architect Sam Pearson and landscape architect Brian Auman. For event updates, visit the Merrill Linn Conservancy website at www.linnconservancy.org.

Thursday, April 6
7 pm: Buffalo Creek Watershed Alliance Annual Meeting – at the Union County Government Center, 155 N. 15 Street, Lewisburg.

Saturday, April 8
10 am – Caring for Communities bicycle ride on the Conservancy’s Rural Routes and the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail. Led by bike enthusiast Tom Gibson. Routes will be available for two levels of experience, 15 miles and 30 miles. Park at Dale-Engle-Walker House and meet at Dale’s Ridge Trail parking lot.

Sunday, April 9
1 pm – Tour of Stony Run Demonstration Forest Bald Eagle State Forest, Hartley TownshipSee experimental forestry techniques being tested. Led by forester Gerald Hoy. From Lewisburg: follow Route 45 toward Laurelton. About 100 yards before Route 235 South, Stony Run Road is a right hand turn at an old rotting house onto a dirt mountain road. The site is on the east side of Stony Run Road in approximately 1 mile.

Saturday, April 15
10 am – Tour of Buffalo Creek Watershed Alliance acid water remediation facility in western Union County Starting at the intersection of US 15 and PA 45 go west for 17.8 miles, turn right onto Stony Run Road (just before Laurelton Center and the junction with PA 235). After 3.2 miles you will come to an intersection of forest roads. Turn right onto Buffalo Flat Road and follow it for 1.6 miles. Immediately after crossing the stream is a sign and gate to the BCWA site. To carpool, meet at the Union County Government Center, 155 N. 15th St., Lewisburg at 9:15 am.

Saturday, April 22 – It’s Earth Day!
2 pm – Forestry walk at Wild Goose Farm Sara Street, professional forester, will take participants of all ages on a walk through the wooded nature trails on the property looking at native and invasive plant species. At the end of the walk, learn how to cultivate your own shiitake or oyster mushrooms in your backyard. Wild Goose Farm is a member-based organization that provides hands-on opportunities to experiment with sustainable and regenerative ideas for green living. 2099 Beaver Run Rd. at Keefer Road, Lewisburg, 5 miles west of Lewisburg; 1 mile north of Vicksburg.

8 pm – Owl Prowl and Astronomy Night Owl walk led by Joe Southerton, Mifflinburg teacher, followed by astronomy observing at 9:00 pm led by Bucknell University astronomers. Meet at the Dale’s Ridge Trail parking lot for the Owl Prowl or at the Dale-Engle-Walker House for the stargazing.

Sunday, April 23
1 to 5 pm – River Road Holiday Walk It! Bike It!  River Road in Lewisburg is closed to vehicular traffic from the Water Street/St. Anthony Street intersection to the main entrance of RiverWoods to allow for recreational pursuits such as walking, cycling, running, and inline skating.

1 pm – Buffalo Creek Canoe/Kayak Adventure Trip sponsored by the Buffalo Creek Watershed Alliance and led by Canoe Susquehanna, with reservation and fee required. Travel the lower section of Buffalo Creek from Dale’s Ridge Trail parking lot to St. George Street in Lewisburg. Look for details and register online at PaddleHappy.com or call 570-524-7692.

Friday April 28 – It’s Arbor Day!
Join the Lewisburg Shade Tree Commission in their tree-related events. For event updates visit www.linnconservancy.org.

Saturday, April 29
10 am – Hike at Glacier Pools Preserve in Lycoming County, a 273-acre island of mature trees, wildflower meadows, and vernal pools. The property contains a diverse mixture of deciduous and evergreen tree species and vernal pools (at least 18) that teem with amphibians.  Address: 757 Pine Tree Rd, Hughesville, PA, northwest of Picture Rocks. For directions and more information go to www.glacierpoolspreserve.com. To car pool, meet at 9:00 am at the Ben Franklin and Tractor Supply stores parking lot at the Route 642 intersection off Route 147 near Milton.

Sunday, April 30
9 am – Plein Air Art Event Artists will gather at three Linn Conservancy protected sites to create artwork that captures their beauty. The artwork will be displayed at The Library for Union County during the month of June. The sites include the Dale-Engle-Walker House and Dale’s Ridge, the Montandon Wetland, and the Shamokin Mountain Trail near Winfield. Local artist Simonne Roy will give a presentation at the Dale-Engle-Walker House at 9 am. A reception will be held there at 4 to 5:30 pm.
1 pm – Susquehanna River Canoe/Kayak Adventure Trip sponsored by the Linn Conservancy, this will take us on the river from Milton State Park to Chillisquaque Creek near Lewisburg. Led by Canoe Susquehanna with reservation and fee required. Look for details and register online at PaddleHappy.com or call 570-524-7692.

Wednesday, May 3
5:30 pm – Merrill Linn Conservancy annual banquet at Shade Mountain Winery Near Middleburg. The event is open to the public. Go to www.linnconservancy.org for details.

Saturday, May 6
1 pm – Buffalo Creek Canoe/Kayak Adventure Trip sponsored by the Buffalo Creek Watershed Alliance and led by Canoe Susquehanna, with reservation and fee required. Travel the middle section of Buffalo Creek from Mazeppa to Dale’s Ridge Trail parking lot. Look for details and register online at PaddleHappy.com or call 570-524-7692.

Sunday, May 7
1 pm – Tour of Wayne Stahl property See the Linn Conservancy’s latest protected property, which features forests, fields, and wetlands. 138 Indian Ridge Road, north of Col. John Kelly Road between Mazeppa and Forest Hill.

Saturday, May 13
1 pm – Buffalo Creek Canoe/Kayak Adventure Trip sponsored by the Buffalo Creek Watershed Alliance and led by Canoe Susquehanna, with reservation and fee required. Paddling route and shuttle plan to be determined based on stream and weather conditions. Look for details and register online at PaddleHappy.com or call 570-524-7692.