Next FoCW Meeting: Wednesday, December 5 at 6:30 PM

The next meeting of Friends of Carpenter’s Woods will be Wednesday, December 5, 6:30 PM at Lovett Library in Mt Airy.

Highlights of the meeting will include a presentation by Moya Kinnealey about her project identifying and observing insect populations in the meadow and a summary of actions related to the PECO tree removal and planting.

Please mark your calendar and plan to join us.

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Love Your Park Service Day Sunday November 18

Join leaders Louise Hayes, John Janick, and FOCW volunteers this Sunday, November 18, from 9:00 – noon in Carpenter’s Woods for our Love Your Park service day.

Projects include:

  • move meadow fencing to close streamside trail
  • planting trees and shrubs

Gloves and tools will be provided. Meet at the Wayne Ave. bus stop on W. Sedgwick.

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Replacement Tree Planting October 30-31

FYI, PECO contractors expect to be planting replacement trees along the edge of Carpenter’s Woods on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

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Next FoCW Meeting: Monday, October 15 at 6:30 PM

The Friends of Carpenter’s Woods  will meet Monday, Oct. 15, 6:30 PM at Lovett Library.

The agenda will include:

  1. Trees: PECO Chemical Damage Update
  2. Mission Statement and Friends Purpose Discussion
  3. Service Days and Activities Updates
      1. Planning and Volunteers
        1. Service Events: Stream Bank Refurbishment
        2. Plan November–December Dates
      2. Additional Events and Activities Scheduling Options
  1. Old Business
  2. New Business
  3. Next Meeting Date
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Notice to Friends and Visitors in Carpenter’s Woods – Spotted Lanternfly

Spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula), an invasive insect, has been spotted in Philadelphia, particularly in the Wissahickon Watershed. Carpenter’s Woods is part of the Wissahickon Watershed and some spotted lanternfly egg masses have been spotted (and removed) in the woods.

Photo credit: State of NJ Dept. of Agriculture

Spotted lanternflies are destructive, herbivorous insects that will devour and stress nearly any plant species, although their favored host tree is the Tree of Heaven (an invasive tree, itself). They can be especially destructive to fruit-bearing trees and crops.

Philadelphia and surrounding counties are under a quarantine because of the dangers and ease of transporting the flies and their eggs. This includes the prohibited transport of dead wood and plants which can harbor the eggs from the area.

These colorful insects do not bite humans, but they do breed and spread rapidly.

Please follow these links to more information from Philadelphia Parks & Recreation on what actions are being taken and what you can do to help:

If you do find spotted lanternflies in Carpenter’s Woods, please let Friends of Carpenter’s Woods and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation know when and where you saw the insects. A photograph of the sighting is helpful. There are additional reporting methods listed on the PP&R site.

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