Love Your Park Fall Service Day in Carpenter’s Woods

Please join Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Fairmount Park Conservancy, and Friends of Carpenter’s Woods on Saturday, November 12, for Love Your Park Fall Service Day.

The workday begins at 9:00am and will include general trash & litter clean-up, tree planting, and invasive vine removal from canopy trees. Work gloves will be provided, however if you have your own feel free to bring those. Please be sure to dress in layers, bring a bottle of water, and wear closed-toed sturdy shoes. Meet at the SEPTA bus turnaround on Wayne Avenue and West Sedgwick St.

The following is a helpful video on how to remove English ivy from the base of trees:

 

Love Your Park Fall Service Day 2016

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Forest Monitoring Plots In Carpernter’s Woods

The following is a message form Tom Witmer, Operations Manager, Natural Lands Restoration, PP&R.

PP&R Ecosystem Managment staff and interns are in the process of establishing fixed monitoring plots in forested areas where we can periodically collect data on vegetation conditions. The main purpose of the plots is to evaluate the effectivenss of restoration projects, but the plots also provide additional information such as deer browse effects.

Starting this Friday, we will be locating five plots in Carpenters Woods, mostly in areas were we removed invasives and planted a few years ago. All plots will likely be within the area bounded by Wissahickon Ave., Wayne Ave., N Mt. Pleasant Ave., and Sedgewick St. Each plot centers will be established by driving in a 6-foot length of orang-painted 1/2-inch diameter re-bar. 3-4 feet of the re-bar will remain above ground so that it can be located in the future for re-sampling. No other materials will be left to identify the plot, although some flagging will be used during sampling.

Sampling consists of measuring a 37.5-foot diameter circle from the plot center, then characterizing and recording all the vegetation within that circle. (This results in a plot size of 1/10 acre.) After the initial sampling (probably Thursday and Friday of next week) we do not expect to return to re-sample the plots until a few years from now.

Tom Witmer
Operations Manager, Natural Lands Restoration
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
215.683.0216

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August/September Herbicide Treatment in Carpenter’s Woods

The following is a message form Tom Witmer, Operations Manager, Natural Lands Restoration, PP&R.

PP&R Ecosystem Managment staff and interns are in the process of establishing fixed monitoring plots in forested areas where we can periodically collect data on vegetation conditions. The main purpose of the plots is to evaluate the effectivenss of restoration projects, but the plots also provide additional information such as deer browse effects.

Starting this Friday, we will be locating five plots in Carpenters Woods, mostly in areas were we removed invasives and planted a few years ago. All plots will likely be within the area bounded by Wissahickon Ave., Wayne Ave., N Mt. Pleasant Ave., and Sedgewick St. Each plot centers will be established by driving in a 6-foot length of orang-painted 1/2-inch diameter re-bar. 3-4 feet of the re-bar will remain above ground so that it can be located in the future for re-sampling. No other materials will be left to identify the plot, although some flagging will be used during sampling.

Sampling consists of measuring a 37.5-foot diameter circle from the plot center, then characterizing and recording all the vegetation within that circle. (This results in a plot size of 1/10 acre.) After the initial sampling (probably Thursday and Friday of next week) we do not expect to return to re-sample the plots until a few years from now.

Tom Witmer
Operations Manager, Natural Lands Restoration
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
215.683.0216

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PP&R Recreation Leader Trainee Recruitment Information Night

Philadelphia Parks & Rec is holding two information sessions about our Recreation Leader Trainee position. If you are interested in leading programs at our recreation centers please come hear about this position.

The information sessions will be held July 13th at Carousel House Rec Center & July 20th at Lawncrest Rec Center, both sessions beginning at 6pm. Please see the attached flier for more information and share this with anyone who might qualify!

PP&R Rec Leader Trainee Flyer

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Next FoCW Meeting: Monday, June 6

The next meeting of Friends of Carpenter’s Woods will be Monday, June 6, at 7 PM. We will meet at Thomas Mansion, 6245 Wissahickon Ave.

Topics on the agenda include:

  • Service days and activities
  • Kiosk repair
  • Invasive plant control plan
  • Meadow update
  • Trees and planting

We hope to see you there.

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