The Spotted Lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula, an invasive planthopper, has been discovered in Berks County. This insect attacks many hosts including grapes, apples, stone fruits, and tree of heaven and has the potential to greatly impact the grape, fruit tree, and logging industries. Early detection is vital for the protection of Pennsylvania businesses and agriculture.
Learn more about it and other stories in our Nature in the News section.
Sewer construction has begun in the lower woodland section of the park. After finding large deposits of rock, it was decided that blasting (yes, with dynamite) will need to occur in order to dig deep enough to lay down the new pipes. This will affect the area of the park from High School Road past the stairs and through the narrow section of the path to the midway point toward Mill Road near the creek.
It is anticipated that this process will take 2-3 weeks, so be prepared for the noise during this time, and stay safe when enjoying other areas of the park.
It was HOT! but still we were out there working. We weeded and did some planting in the Fulton Garden. A special shout out to Risa Robinson, who is a new member of the community and decided to brave the heat with us.