Protecting, conserving, and restoring the natural resources of the
Chester, Ridley, and Crum Creek Watersheds.
CRC Tree Advisory Committee
The CRC Tree Advisory Committee is comprised of a group of volunteer members interested in furthering the CRC tree planting and maintenance program. The functions of the Committee include:
Education and Outreach Committee - member job description
The Education and Outreach Committee supports the work of the CRC by helping to get the word out about the magnitude of the challenges facing our watersheds and about the importance of the work CRC is doing to address those challenges. Specifically we are focused on two things:
- Identifying legacy planting sites, actual planting area, site contact
- Review of legacy planting sites to include mortality of the plantings, future needs for the sites
- Advise CRC staff on maintenance needs for sites, as well as on questions for plantings that may arise
- Tree Advisory Committee members are not required to have a specific tree- or plant-related background, but should be enthusiastic about assisting CRC in activities surrounding our tree planting and maintenance program. However, experience in landscape architecture would be helpful to the committee. The Tree Advisory Committee will meet every three months. Committee members are encouraged to attend the CRC tree planting and maintenance events, conducted periodically throughout the year.
1. Developing the educational content and training for CRC's "Yellow Shirt" volunteers. Yellow Shirts are key CRC volunteers who serve as ambassadors at all CRC events, such as tree plantings and streams cleanups.
2. Planning and executing educational events such as "Science on Tap" and "Creekside Nature Hike." Science on Tap events are party-like get-togethers where guest speakers talk (briefly) about a water-related topic and everyone has a good time. Our theme for last year's Science on Tap was the "Chemistry of Beer." This year's Science on Tap will be in February at Sligo's Pub in Media, where the topic will be freshwater mussels. In June, we hosted our first Nature Hike at Ridley Creek State Park. Local forest and stream experts led the group on a hands-on adventure and answered questions about how healthy forests make healthy streams. We plan to host another Nature Hike next spring.
Our committee generally meets once a month. Everyone on the committee is also expected to help with tree plantings, streams cleanups and the special educational events whenever possible. We are open to incorporating new ideas for events, or other ways of incorporating education and outreach into CRC's work.