Monday, October 12, 2015

Perfect Autumn Afternoon Walk

Walkers stopped to appreciate the newly renovated 1817 Papermill Bridge
Yesterday was a perfect autumn afternoon--temperatures in the low 70s, low humidity, and crystal clear blue skies.  I had an opportunity to lead a 2-mile walk through the Pennypack Preserve for about 50 Pennypack members and supporters of a statewide environmental advocacy group named PennEnvironment.  

I was approached by PennEnvironment because the organization wanted to highlight the importance of the EPA's new Clean Water Rule that protects small headwater streams.  So, my comments along the way focused on the Pennypack Trust's efforts to safeguard upland drainages through open space acquisition and habitat restoration.
PennEnvironment's David Masur (with child on his shoulders) addressing the group
The executive director of PennEnvironment, David Masur, brought his wife and two young children to the preserve for the walk.  Near the end, on a stone bridge spanning one of our headwater streams, he thanked the walkers for coming and encouraged them to advocate for clean water.
Walkers listening to David Masur just before walking up a long, steep hill out of the valley
It was a really fine walk, and the participants all seemed to enjoy themselves. We had a chance to enjoy the vista across the Raytharn grasslands, inspect the newly renovated Papermill Bridge, walk a mile along Montgomery County's Pennypack Trail, and explore the highlights of the Lord's New Church's grounds.

Submitted by David Robertson
Executive Director