Manor COllege News

Manor faculty, staff and student volunteers plant 85 trees to celebrate Earth Day 2013

Faculty, staff and student volunteers from Manor College and Saint Basil Academy assisted the Sisters of Saint Basil the Great in planting 85 trees as part of a larger project to provide better storm water management, improve water quality and reduce pollution reaching the Jenkintown creek.

Volunteers from Manor College, the Sisters of Saint Basil the Great, and St. Basil Academy planted 85 native woodland trees on Monday, April 22 to celebrate Earth Day 2013. The trees were planted on the grounds between the Sisters’ convent and the college.

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In addition, student members of Manor’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society sponsored an Alex’s Lemonade Stand and donated $475 to the Foundation for Childhood Cancer and free lemonade was donated for those volunteers planting trees.

The tree planting took place on a 1-acre plot of land recently restored with native woodland grasses and is one phase of a larger project being funded by a Growing Greener grant the Sisters received from the Department of Environmental Protection as part of the Jenkintown Watershed Improvement project being spearheaded by the Montgomery County Conservation district.

Growing Greener remains the largest single investment of state funds in Pennsylvania’s history to address the state’s critical environmental concerns of the 21st century. The goal of the overall project, taking place on portions of the 130 acres of land owned by the Sisters, is to provide better storm water management, improve water quality and reduce pollution reaching the Jenkintown Creek.

Other components of the project being implemented include measures to convey and filter surface runoff through the upper pasture at Fox Chase and Cedar Roads by adding a diversion berm and bioretention area, adding agricultural fencing and crossings to minimize erosion by restricting horse access to the area, and installing roof gutters and downspouts to the barn located on the farm at Fox Chase and Cedar Roads.

The Earth Day tree-planting project, in combination with the grasses already in place, will provide ground cover stabilization and minimize the rain water runoff that rushes from Fox Chase Road through that parcel of land where the vegetation has been eroded to the Jenkintown Creek. Species being planted on April 22nd include Redbud, Serviceberry, White Pine, Yellow Birch and American Hornbeam. Also contributing to the project are the Abington Township Environmental Advisory Council and the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership.