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Signs of Spring

BloodrootThough there is snow on the ground now, the days are getting longer and the sun feels warmer. Spring isn’t far.

Crow’s Nest Preserve will be holding a Saturday morning program for children in kindergarten through second grades, April 2, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

We will lead children on a journey around the preserve to see what plants and animals are doing in response to the warmer weather and the longer days. We’ll also read a story, have a snack, and make a spring-themed craft. A small fee will be charged. Naturally, please dress for a walk outdoors.

For more information, please call 610-286-7955.

The Advantages of Sharing

Sawmill
One of the benefits of belonging to a network of preserves–Crow’s Nest is part of a system of preserves managed by Natural Lands Trust–is that we can share expertise and equipment.

At Crow’s Nest we get a lot of use out of this portable sawmill, but not enough to own it ourselves outright. In this photo, Tim Burris from Mariton Preserve in Bucks and Northampton Counties spends a winter day at Crow’s Nest helping us mill logs from some of our hazard trees into boards that will be used in various repair and reconstruction projects on our buildings and boardwalks. (The trees themselves were evaluated and removed with the help of the Trust’s arborist.) We purchased and share the sawmill with all of the Natural Lands Trust preserves, and move it to the preserve where it is needed when it is needed.

Preserve managers, in addition to being responsible for one or more preserves, engage in specialized training in a specific aspect of land management, which they can then apply to all of the preserves in Natural Lands Trust’s portfolio. These include arboriculture, wildlife management, invasive plant management, agriculture, emergency and fire management, equipment repair, using Global Positioning Systems (GPS–another piece of equipment we share), native meadow restoration, and others. This way, each of us knows where to turn when we need help with a specific challenge.

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