Contact: Jim March (302) 607-1409
WTC maintains a section of the Appalachian Trail (AT), a section of the Horse Shoe Trail (HST), and sections of the Brandywine Trail (BT). Maintenance ranges from painting blazes, light pruning to tread way repair and heavier pruning. All abilities are welcome. Work sessions are scheduled periodically and announced in the WTC Bulletin. Impromptu work sessions are scheduled as needed and will be announced in the WTC Forum and via e-mail distribution list.
One project that is gaining recognition is the non-native invasive removal project at the Judge Morris Estate (JME) section of White Clay Creek State Park led by Terri Tipping. With support of the State Park staff (Natural Resources Planner), we have been removing non-native invasive plants, e.g., multiflora rose, Linden viburnum, honeysuckle bush and vine, Oriental bittersweet, garlic mustard, wineberry, and burning bush. These non-native plants take over and make it difficult for native plants to flourish. Fewer native plants, fewer native insects, less food for native birds (Google “Doug Tallamy”). The project originally started with clearing 20-30 feet on each side of the trail, but with the involvement of Park staff, we have worked on other targeted projects. Last summer and fall the Park staff had us focus on clearing an “Old Growth” section of the park. At times when particular plants are easy to identify, we target those plants in a broader area (e.g. Asian honeysuckle bush.) The smaller plants we try to pull up by the roots; the larger plants, we cut and the State folks treat with herbicide. We’ve been working on this project every Thursday for the last 18-24 months. In 2017, we contributed 745 volunteer hours. The Park Staff has said they would like to model other groups at other parks after what we started at JME !
Non-native invasive removal project at Judge Morris Estate continues every Thursday from 9 to 11. Generally we meet at the main parking lot, but contact Terri as we sometimes meet elsewhere to be closer to our worksite. Wear long pants and long sleeves, bring work gloves. There is work for all levels, from easy hand pulling of vines to dirty and thorny tackling of multiflora rose. Bring friends, we are making a difference!
WTC also has volunteer opportunities for events like:
the Brandywine Trail End to End (E2E), Saturday, April 14, 2018
National Trails Day, Saturday, June 2, 2018.
Hike Across Delaware, November 3. 2018
If you are interested in leading a hike, let us know and we can set you up with a
Let me know if you would like to be added to a distribution list for any or all of the above Work hikes or Volunteer Opportunities.
WTC also encourages members to participate in local trail maintenance as a member of your local park’s “Friends of _____” organization.