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.
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
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 representativies 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.
The First Annual
Orientation 7:45 am,
Race starts 8 am
Meet at London Tract Meeting House
(Details at left)
National Trails Day Hike (10-12 miles)
June 1, 9 am
Meet at Parking Lot 3
Distance of 10-12 miles, with lunch provided by WTC and the Friends of the Preserve. Contact Gary Kirk (302-423-2345) with questions.
National Trails Day Hike (5 miles)
June 1, 10 am
Meet at Preserve Office.
Distance of 5 miles, with lunch provided by WTC and the Friends of the Preserve. Contact David Koppeser (302-521-3815)
For either National Trails Day Hike:
Bring a friend and participate. These hikes included some light trail maintenance, so gloves and clippers are welcome Please contact the organizer for details.
Just published: the first edition of the Friends of White Clay Creek Preserve's first newsletter.
Click here to learn about our accomplishments this year and our plans for next year.