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Underfoot: MOSSES, IN GENERAL

By, Susan Sprout Have you ever noticed mosses still growing as you take walks during our winter season? They seem to be everywhere – between slabs of the sidewalk, on brick foundations, tree trunks or under them, cliff sides, rocks, on dirt and rooftops. They have always amazed me, so underfoot, and many times, so unappreciated! Having diverged from green algae about 500 million years … Continue reading Underfoot: MOSSES, IN GENERAL »

Winter is for Designing Stream Projects

Winter can be a great time to visit potential stream projects. With no leaves on the trees and other vegetation dead or dormant it’s easier to see the streambanks and what’s going on. Snow on the ground or ice on the stream stop the visits. So far, the stream team has been able to get out to quite a few sites. At this site in … Continue reading Winter is for Designing Stream Projects »

Underfoot: BARRING THE BERRY – JAPANESE BARBERRY

By Susan Sprout   The PA Dept. of Agriculture has added this particular berry-making plant (Berberis thunbergii) to its noxious weed list as of October 8, 2021, banning its sale or cultivation. Nurseries and landscapers will have a two-year period to phase out its use in this state. Japanese barberry’s widespread distribution in our forests where it can thrive anywhere from deep shade to sunny … Continue reading Underfoot: BARRING THE BERRY – JAPANESE BARBERRY »

Land Stewardship Specialist Needed

The Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy (NPC) is a regional land trust working in 12-counties to conserve and enhance the lands and waters of northcentral Pennsylvania. This work supports the environmental well-being and recreational needs of local communities. The Land Stewardship Specialist (LSS) ensures all of the conservation easements held by the Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy are monitored annually for compliance. The LSS also reviews requests by landowners … Continue reading Land Stewardship Specialist Needed »

Underfoot: Praying Mantis Facts

By, Susan Sprout Silly me! It isn’t the season for finding a Praying Mantis in the garden, is it? Well, how about the next generation, hmm? Late fall and winter are most excellent times to find their egg cases attached to small leafless shrubs and trees. We found some on our last hike – enough to make a certain grandpa I know, a star in … Continue reading Underfoot: Praying Mantis Facts »