Serve the Preserve Community Service Day
Saturday, April 6, 2019
Willow Lake Farm
Help WVWA continue our restoration efforts this spring at Willow Lake Farm. Volunteers will plant native trees and shrubs. Please wear sturdy shoes for digging, and bring a shovel and gloves if you have them; otherwise we will provide.
- 9:00 a.m. until the work is finished – usually by noon
- WVWA will provide gloves and shovels, but feel free to bring your own
- Staff members will be present to teach proper planting techniques
- Coffee, water, and snacks will be provided (reusable water bottles encouraged!)
- Meet at Willow Lake Farm - parking and trail entrance are located behind the CVS at 7000 Butler Pike, Ambler, Pa 19002
A little more about the Preserve and project:
Willow Lake Farm Preserve is composed of a variety of habitats, from mature forest and meadows to successional fields and small, emergent wetlands. It also contains a stretch of the narrow Willow Creek, a tributary to the Wissahickon Creek. The red maple-dominated forest that surrounds the creek has little understory or forest regeneration due to the high density of deer in our area, and invasive species make up much of what understory does exist, shading out and outcompeting native trees and shrubs.
The goal of this project is to restore the lower layers of the forest and create more habitat for wildlife, while increasing the riparian buffer around the Willow Creek. The more trees and shrubs we plant along its banks, the more floodwaters can be slowed and the more pollutants (from nearby roads and pastures) can be filtered out before reaching the stream. The leaves that are dropped into the water by native trees and shrubs also serve as crucial food for macroinvertebrates (like dragonfly larvae), which have important ecological functions and are also food sources for birds, salamanders, and frogs.