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Penns Valley Conservation to host creek cleanup, tree planting

PHOTO PROVIDED A group of volunteers poses for a photo after a recent creek cleanup.

By AMBER MORRIS

For The Express

COBURN — The Penns Valley Conservation Association will be hosting a few upcoming events, which revolve around this weekend’s Earth Day, that will help to make the world a better place.

CREEK CLEANUP

Every April the PVCA organizes a stream bank cleanup that begins at the Coburn Park where volunteers meet and pick up rubbish along the banks and waters of Pine, Elk, and Penns Creeks and parts of Sinking Creek. This year’s cleanup day is scheduled for Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m.- noon.

Those who are interested in participating can meet a little before 9 a.m. at the park in Coburn, which is about two miles north of Millheim, where vests and gloves will be provided.

The PVCA encourages the extended community to come out and be involved in this uplifting event that combines observing the beauty of nature with keeping nature beautiful.

There will be a light refreshment picnic afterwards.

TREEFEST

The next endeavor of the Penns Valley Conservation Assocation, will take place over nine days and seven locations as they make their way around Penns Valley planting 1,000 Riparian buffer trees.

The trees will be planted from Spring Mills to Woodward. They are appropriately calling this undertaking “Treefest,” and again are asking the public to be a part of this unique opportunity in being a good steward to the planet we live on.

The PVCA has partnered with the the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to make this possible in their small corner of Centre County, but hopes that this catches on to nearby areas.

According to the PVCA website, volunteers are encouraged to bring along “tools if you have them- shovels, dibble bar, sledgehammer/stake driver, gloves, boots, water, and your heart.”

The first of the plantings will be today at 3 p.m., at the home of Roger and Karen Mayers, 137 Maple Lane, Spring Mills. Call Bob ata 814-883-2976 or email myers at 05@verison.net.

Others planned are as follows:

– Sunday April 22, 11a.m.-1 p.m., Becca Robertson and Andy Porter, 326 Ranch Lane Spring Mills; RSVP Becca 412-974-6769 or on FB.

– Sunday April 22, 3 p.m., Annie Stubbs, 168 Lydia Lane, Woodward. Bread and soup to follow. RSVP Jill Buchanan 814-349-5982 or jill.centrewellness@gmail.com.

– Wednesday April 25, 3 p.m., Kurt Grotz, 150 Water Gap Road Aaronsburg; RSVP 484-477-2109.

– Thursday April 26, 3 p.m., Greta Haney’s Springhouse Acre Park at 424 Long Lane, Coburn; RSVP 856-283-1338 or andreaferich@gmail.com.

– Saturday April 28, 10 a.m.-noon, Sarah DePasquale and Jim Baughman, Fiddler’s Bend, 148 Fiedler Road, Woodward; RSVP 814-574-8099 or meadowsweetmidwife@gmail.com.

– Sunday April 29, 1 p.m., Bob Vernon and Nell Hanssen,165 Apple Butter Road Aaronsburg; RSVP 814-349-8244.

The Penns Valley Conservation Association is a membership based watershed association located about 30 miles east of Penn State University in the geological Ridge and Valley Region of Central Pennsylvania. They are a placed-based 501(c)3 non-profit focused on the preservation and restoration of our waterways, forests, farmlands, and culture in a manner that builds the local economy and our connections with each other.

PVCA has been a successful organization since 1993 due in large part to an active core of volunteers who are committed to improving the quality of life in the Penns Valley Region through clean water as the strong backbone to our healthy local economy. PVCA is organized into Committees, and this is where almost all of our planning and project implementation occurs.

For more information on these events or the PVCA, please visit their website at http://www.pennsvalley.net.

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