A surprise mid-October snowstorm did not daunt the spirits of eighteen Eagles Mere Conservancy volunteers! Warmed by an early morning bonfire and hot coffee, nourished with huckleberry muf- fins, sporting multiple clothing layers, and hauling pick axes and shovels, this dedicated entourage worked for 3 ½ hours to improve songbird habitats and preserve scenic beauty. Under the expert guid- ance of naturalist and Conservancy consultant Steve Jaquith, the volunteers cheerfully planted and fenced a variety of native shrubs and trees, thirty-six in all, along the railroad grade trail that leads from the Conservancy Cabin and in the vicinity of the Outlet Pond. The snow disappeared by the following afternoon but the camara- derie of the group and the new plantings will live on!
Members of the EM Conservancy Board and friends gather for the October stewardship project.
Consider joining us next October for our annual Forest Stewardship Event when we will work in teams to plant spruce and pine seedlings and if the weather cooperates, to host our second autumn snowball battle!
Suzanne and Gerry Ganse Forest Stewardship
Protective wire was placed around each new tree.
Jim Ash and Steve Ryan
By Courtney Brinkerhoff-Rau
“Reduce-Reuse-Recycle” is a phrase many people are used to hearing these days. And while many are living by the popular motto, we have a long way to go. The latest statistics on the amount of waste that Americans generate are from 2005. The Environmental Protection Agency cal- culated that Americans created 246 million tons of trash a year. Pennsylvania contributed almost five-million tons to that hefty number.
The good news is that overall trash ending up in land- fills is down as consumers begin to Reduce-Reuse-Recycle. Between 1990 and 2005 trash dumped into the nation’s landfills was down by nine-million tons. That number has continued to improve as more households think twice about what to toss in the trash and what to reuse and recycle. But dosomething.org still reports that 80 percent of what Americans throw-away is recyclable. National recycling rates remain at just 28-percent. Many larger communities have introduced single stream recycling, which means you don’t have to separate glass, paper, and plastics, they can all go in the same container. Not surprisingly, communi- ties with single stream recycling have much higher com- pliance rates. Recycling is required in Pennsylvania. In 1998, the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste
According to the Clean Air Council, almost one-third of the waste being dumped into landfills is packaging. Some consumer groups have been lobbying toymakers, electron- ics companies, and other manufacturers to reduce the amount of plastic, cardboard, and Styrofoam in their pack- aging. The packaging waste problem is highlighted over the holidays. Waste Management, the largest municipal waste company in the United States, continues to report a significant increase in trash pick-up in December and Janu-
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So next time you are in Eagles Mere and the question is whether to throw something away, remember that re- duce-reuse-recycle begins with you. Help the borough make a difference, and your small effort can have a ripple effect. Reduce your trash; reuse what you can; and recycle ac- cording to the Eagles Mere guidelines.
Below are some websites with more information and facts about recycling in Pennsylvania.
Reduction Act was approved. Pennsylvania is the largest state in the nation to require recycling.