The Friends of White Clay Creek Preserve (PA) is dedicated to supporting and promoting the natural and cultural resources of the White Clay Creek Valley.
First Official Hike on Northern Loop of the Tri-State Marker Trail
Members of Friends of White Clay Creek Preserve (FWCCP) are invited to join the Wilmington Trail Club (WTC)on the first official hike of the Northern Loop of the Tri-State Marker Trail. This trail leads to the survey monument set by Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon that marks the intersection of Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. FWCCP partnered with WTC to build this trail to the historical marker. It runs through some gorgeous landscapes on the way to the marker.
The hike is on Sept. 14. Bring water and snacks. There are two choices for parking and hiking.
- Departing at 1:30 pm, 5 mile round trip hike. Park at the White Clay Creek State Park (Delaware) Nature Center Parking Lot, off Hopkins Road. The entrance/parking fee is in effect.
- Departing at approx. 1:40 pm, approx. 4 mile round trip hike. Park at the Preserve's parking lot on Arc Corner Road (accessed from Chambers Rock Road). Be cautioned Arc Corner Road is rutted.
Questions, call hike leader: Dave Koppeser (302/521-3815, E: firstname.lastname@example.org).
White Clay Creek's Plants of the Season's Hikes
Observe and identify local growing plants in each season. Friends of White Clay Creek Preserve is sponsoring the following Saturday hikes for an informative look at the area's plant life (dates and descriptions below). Learn how you can increase plant diversity by identifying and controlling the invasive plants. Participants (limited supply) can receive a color photo list of the most common native and non-native local plants.
Be prepared to walk outdoors on uneven ground. Attend 1, 2, 3, or all 4 sessions. Meet at the White Clay Creek Preserve Park Office (400 Sharpless Rd, Landenberg, PA 19350) at 1 pm on the dates below. The program includes a drive to a nearby home site where invasive plants have been removed and the local plants are flourishing.
Dates for programs
Spring: April 26, 1 pm
Summer: July 26, 1 pm
Fall: October 25, 1 pm
Winter January 24, 1pm
Raindates: the next day for all 4 programs.
Check out the Eagle Cam!
Watch the chicks grow with the live streaming from an eagle's nest in western Pennsylvania. The website is brought to you by the Pennsylvania Game Commission and its partners. Pennsylvania Bald Eagle Cam
Stay updated on the Tri-State Trail project
FWCCP has partnered with Wilmington Trail Club to build a four-mile loop trail to the Tri-State Maker. Click here for details of the project and for updates on this long term, multi-year endeavor.
Dorothy Miller Honored with Preservation Award
White Clay Creek Preserve and White Clay Creek State Park would not be
here today if it weren’t for Dorothy Miller. She’s dedicated thousands
upon thousands of hours for the past 50+ years in successfully
protecting this natural resource.
Dorothy came to the cause as an avid birder and lover of nature who spent much time along the banks of the White Clay Creek.
“It was a real grassroots effort,” said Miller in previous interviews about the processes of saving the White Clay Creek from being dammed. “We wanted to see the area preserved for its natural values. There was so much support in the whole region that politicians found our project desirable.”
As one of the founding members of a Delaware Coalition created to fight the building of the dam, she worked tirelessly to help elected officials, government employees, and the general public understand the importance of the White Clay Valley and to find a solution to keep the Creek free-flowing.
Eventually the Delaware Coalition merged with a similar Pennsylvania group to form the White Clay Watershed Association. This group was responsible for having DuPont’s holdings along the White Clay Creek donated as the Preserve and Park .
After the lands were preserved and donated, Dorothy continued to lend her talents through the Bi-State Citizen’s Advisory Council, which was tasked with working with Pennsylvania and Delaware park officials to turn the private lands into public spaces. According to Miller, when the Park and Preserve were designed, the focus was to spread out use along the entire area. “You can always find someplace to be alone,” said Miller.
The Park and Preserve we know today has much to do with the vision and efforts of Dorothy Miller. In 2009 she said, “We still work on this everyday. There is a lot going on. We are trying to prevent damage to the stream. We are always looking to acquire adjacent lands while the opportunity is still there. We are still fighting battles.”
To this day, she continues the work in her quiet, but steady way.
It was a Friend-Raiser event:
The First Annual TRIHUMPF Race a Great Success!
Saturday, May 18 was the perfect day for the Friends of White Clay Creek Preserve's first annual TriHumpf Race. Over 90 people participated in one of the runs -- the 4.5 mile, 8 mile, or the half-marathon to the Tri-State Marker.
Hunt Bartine, of both Trail Dawgs (our partner organization for this event) and FWCCP (Pa) says that at minimium the participants at the TRIHUMPF learned about what an amazing resource the White Clay Preserve is as they ran the trails. He thinks many even learned more about the mission of FWCCP (Pa), too.
Thanks to Hunt and the Trail Dawgs for organizing this event!
Friends leads CreekFest Hike to Tri-State Marker
Check out the other CreekFest 2013 photos under the photos tab!
Kalb Honored with 2013Preservation Award
In 1946 Jan Kalb pulled into the driveway of a farm on Whiskey Hill Road (now called Indiantown Road), just off Route 896 in Landenberg. She told her husband, “I want to live here the rest of my life.” Celebrating her 90th birthday this year, Jan has made that dream come true, but it wasn't without a fight.
When the pristine beauty of the White Clay watershed was in jeopardy with a proposal to dam the White Clay Creek for a reservoir, Jan along with a handful of other local citizens from both Pennsylvania and Delaware fought it.
From the 1960s and 1970s, Jan, a mother of three, spent thousands of her own dollars and countless hours each year attending any meeting where the fate of the White Clay Creek was to be discussed. When she received a phone call she would drop everything and drive to Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Doylestown, wherever, to represent the White Clay Watershed Association's position on stopping the dam.
With the success of the citizens to stop the dam project, the land which had been acquired for the dam became the White Clay Creek State Park in Delaware and the White Clay Creek Preserve in Pennsylvania in 1984.
For the next 30 years Jan has been a presence in fighting for the protection of the area. She recently obtained a conservation easement on her farm, protecting it from development.
The Friends of White Clay Creek Preserve chose Jan as the first recipient of its Preservation Award, an award dedicated to recognizing the service of those who have contributed to preserving the Preserve. “We appreciate your involvement,” said Gary Schroeder, president of Friends of the White Clay Creek Preserve “The White Clay Creek Preserve is here because you were involved.”
2012 Preserve Fall Work Day
On September 29, Friends of White Clay Creek Preserve held its first Preserve Invasive Species and Dump Site Removal Day. About 25 Friends came out and helped with either invasive species removal or to help remove buried trash from a former dump site near the barn of the former Sharpless House. In one morning the dump site was cleared and bags and bags of invasive species were removed from the area.
Special thanks to April Schmitt for organizing this event.
At one of our early organization sessions, leaders of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation and representatives from Pennsylvania State Parks talked to our Friends group. (L to R) Ken Lewis, Assistant Regional Park Manager for DCNR, Gary Schroeder, chairman, Friends of White Clay Creek Preserve (PA), Marci Mowrey, president, Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation, and Bill Forrey, Vice-President Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation.