A call to Action to protect the miquon woodland from invasive species
Join the Refugia team and Pennsylvania certified naturalist, Tom Landsmann, to help restore and maintain Miquon's woodland. We are seeking monthly and quarterly volunteers for two hour work sessions, held on designated Saturday mornings, from 9-11AM.
Initially, volunteers will work with Tom or another woodlands expert to learn the scope of work. Following this, volunteers would be welcomed to come on their own time. Dates for larger workdays will be announced and marked on the calendar below on a rotating basis with at least two weeks advance notice.
Thank you to everyone who came out to the All School Work Party on April 8th, and a special thank you to Chet and Amy for leading the bamboo removal! Our next scheduled Miquon Stewardship Workday is Saturday June 3rd, from 9-11AM. Please come prepared with sneakers, and gloves. Long sleeves and pants are recommended, especially now that tick season has begun. If you have pruners, please bring them as well. Refugia and Miquon will provide other tools.
Future Miquon Woodland Stewardship dates: June 3rd.
Scope of Work
Planting native trees, grasses, and forbs throughout the campus: Many of the plants utilized in Refugia's Wetland Bog Exhibit at the Philadelphia Flower Show were put to work at Miquon during the All School Work Day, absorbing and filtering stormwater before it enters the creek and returns to the aquifer. Species planted included: Tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera), River birch (Betula nigra), Junipers (Juniperus), Great blue lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica), Pickerel rush (Pontederia cordata), and Northern blue flag iris (Iris versicolor). We will add to these plantings over time, continuing the work to establish resilient, native plant communities on campus.
Continue our work to establish a native woodland buffer along school perimeter by removal of invasive species along the driveway entrance and also along the western sloped perimeter behind buildings A, B and the art building. This consists of cutting mostly vines and leaving them, en large, in place to decompose.
Bamboo management: At the All School Work Day, the bamboo patch was strategically reduced in size, with stalks being cut to the ground and laid out to dry for use in the students' building projects around campus. This also prepared the area for follow-up planting of Paw Paw in the spring. Paw Paws are a native fruit tree that produces a mango-banana like fruit, edible to humans. It's seed was once spread by dinosaurs. Paw Paws have a stoloniferous growth pattern, similar to bamboo, and could act as a physical barrier in managing the bamboo.
Cut & removal of bunched plastic netting: We will remain alert to any bunched plastic netting along the stream bank that may need to be removed. On work days, this is something we can handle quickly while working on the other tasks at hand.
Pruning of foundational trees & shrubs: selectively prune back deadwood and conflicting branches on shrubs and small trees located throughout the core of the campus for both plant health, shape, and beautification. Prioritize areas of high visibility & high use.
Trash removal along the creek: At each work day, we will collect and bag trash from alongside the creek, from the top (past the nursery) to the bottom (past the pool).