Plant Walk -Saturday, October 14, 2017 2:00 pm at Coventry Woods

Plant Walk –  “I Get Around”

Saturday, October 14, 2017
2:00 pm at Coventry Woods
1954 St. Peters Rd.  
(Fernbrook entrance)

Join us for a plant walk that will explore some dispersal techniques that plants use to “get around”.  This is a popular and informative program for all ages.  Come learn some of the amazing things that plants can do!

Leader:  Vince Smith.

Walk is held in conjunction with the Valley Forge Audubon Society (valleyforgeaudubon.org)

For more information, contact the North Coventry Township office at 610-323-1694.

Bird Walk- Sunday, September 24, 2017 8:30 am at Coventry Woods

Bird Walk

Sunday, September 24, 2017
8:30 am at Coventry Woods
1954 St. Peters Rd.  (Fernbrook entrance)

Coventry Woods is part of Hopewell Big Woods, and 148 species of birds have been recorded at this site in just the last four years.  Come join us to see resident birds as well as fall migrants.  Bring binoculars and dress for the weather.  Beginners and children are welcome.

Leaders:  Patty and John Werth.

Walk is held in conjunction with the West Chester Bird Club (westchesterbirdclub.org)

Pollutant Reduction Plan for the Unnamed Tributaries to the Schuylkill River and Pigeon Creek

This Plan is required by PaDEP and US EPA as part of a permit issued to allow discharge of stormwater to streams and other surface waters when it originates in any part from a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4).

August 3, 2017

Prepared For:

NORTH COVENTRY TOWNSHIP CHESTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA

Prepared By:

LTL Consultants, Ltd.
One Town Centre Drive P.O. Box 241 Oley, Pennsylvania 19547-0241

Landscapes3 photo contest

The Chester County Planning Commission launched a Landscapes3 photo contest to highlight the county’s greatest asset: people. The Planning Commission is seeking photos of people as they live, work, visit, or play in Chester County. The photos can focus on people in several different settings, including businesses, homes, downtowns, public community events, and outdoors, among others. To view the rules and submit a photo, click here: http://ow.ly/ZOpu30eJ2d4. The contest, “Putting a Face on Chester County,” ends at noon Oct. 13.

Township’s Mill Creek Recommended for Exceptional Value Stream (EV) Status

The Environmental Quality Board of DEP has recommended (and DEP has started the final process) that most of Mill Creek, which starts in North Coventry Township with the pond on St Peter’s Road and flows  into French Creek State Park, should be re-designated as an Exceptional Value stream. This EV classification is the top value stream category (Rock Run and French Creek are EV and Pigeon Creek and Kenilworth Creek are High Quality), and this classification includes the part of the stream in North Coventry. Here is the link to all of the scientific and other findings.

http://www.dep.pa.gov/PublicParticipation/EnvironmentalQuality/2017%20Meetings/Pages/default.aspx

Again, this confirms the special quality of our Township. In 2003 Natural Lands used its Smart Conservation ecological mapping technology to help our Open Space Review Board identify the Township’s priority ecological landscapes.

Using GIS technology and data layers from a wide variety of state and conservation organizations and advisory groups, this Smart Conservation project identifies and ranks by conservation value the Township’s ecological resources in a series of map data layers.  These data layers include potential animal habitat (including mammals, fish, herps and birds), aquatic habitat (including hydric soils, floodplains, forests, riparian buffers and headwaters), and terrestrial habitat (including interior forests and natural vegetation habitats and steep slopes).

Natural Lands created a Smart Conservation Interim Conservation Resources Map that combines the various data layers and identifies those areas of the Township with the highest quality conservation resources.

The Map clearly identified the many areas of the Township that ranks today within the top 10% or 20% of conservation resources throughout our entire region of 15 counties. About 40% of our Township is included in the classification of the top 10 or 20% of this entire 15 county region. This mapping and strategic planning has guided the Township’s Open Space Review Board (OSRB) and the Township in identifying what has priority for preservation.

Submitted by

Chris Washburn
Open Space Review Board, Chairman

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