Bucks County Herald

Haycock center may play host to future environmental programs

CLIFF LEBOWITZ

The new Haycock Township Community Center (HTCC), off to a rousing start with diversified activities, may now be adding increased opportunities for Nockamixon State Park’s environmental education programming.

In her monthly HTCC update at the township’s May 7 board of supervisors meeting, Dawn Kline reported that Rebekah Sheeler, the park’s environmental education specialist, had provided an informational session at the HTCC on her current work at the building the park uses for educational programs. She added she was excited about coming to the HTCC, on the site of the former Haycock Elementary School, where there was a lot more space than she presently has available. She said she would be happy to work with HTCC “on whatever they wanted.”

The park website notes that it presently offers “environmental and interpretive programs which explore a wide variety of ecological and environmental topics,” from April to October. It is used to handling requests from “school groups for all grade levels and teacher workshops,” as well as “Scout, church, civic, and private groups.”

Also in her report, Kline said a second presentation on black bears from Shawna Burkett, the state’s game warden for Bucks County, had “gone well, although not as well attended as the one on coyotes.” She added Burkett is planning an upcoming presentation regarding chronic wasting disease in deer, which has been reported to be making its way toward the county.

All HTCC activities are posted on the township website, indicated in red. The annual Community Day has been set for Oct. 6.

Roadmaster Dave Long reported trees uprooted during the winter’s severe storms, and presenting danger to drivers and others, had been removed by the township on Creamery Road, Applebachsville Road and Top Rock Trail, and by contractor Luxton Tree Service on Applebachsville Road, Cider Press Lane, Old Bethlehem Road and Haycock Run Road.

Supervisors approved Springfield Township’s request to add Haycock’s 15-acre Rossi parcel to Springfield’s Agricultural Security Area (ASA). The parcel was contiguous with two others in Springfield that are to be added to their ASA. The designation helps protect farmers from nuisance complaints, such as odor during fertilizer application, and can also help provide a pathway to land preservation.

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