In honor of Earth Month, I spoke with local experts to highlight environmental efforts.
Please feel free to use these resources year round for inspiration and direction outdoors in Chester County!
If you have any questions, please contact my office at 484-200-8264.
In this first video, I chat with Brian Winslow, Watershed Conservation Director for the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance, about riparian buffers.
In Harrisburg, I’m supporting legislation that will expand riparian buffers to protect our waterways and mitigate stormwater. I have also supported numerous grant applications from local partners, such as BRC and Stroud Water Research Center for riparian buffer installations.
Find out more about BRC volunteer opportunities here: http://www.brandywineredclay.org/get-involved/volunteer/
Next, I spoke with Erik Stefferud, Manager of Soil and Compost at Longwood Gardens. Composting is an important way to organically nourish soil, and we can do it at home too.
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has some great resources on how to get started, no matter what size yard you have. Find tips at the link here https://bit.ly/41pGMqS
Additionally, check your local township website for composting information. Many of our townships collect yard waste for composting and allow residents to collect compost as well.
I also spoke with Jamie Hicks, owner of Hicks Brothers IV, Meadow Springs Farm, about regenerative farming. Jamie is active in growing multiple crops right here in Chester County, including industrial hemp. For more, check out: Hemp-Alternative Chester County Agricultural Development Council Chester Delaware County Farm Bureau
In the final rendition of my #EarthMonth series, I am speaking with Sean Quinn. Sean is a preserve manager with Natural Lands, and in this episode we will be talking about pollinators and how native plants can help give our pollinators a boost. You can find more info on pollinators here: https://bit.ly/3LaHVMs Find out more from my prior info sessions about the need to protect pollinators here: https://bit.ly/3Va1lFE