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We received the 2013 “Land Ethics Award”!

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The Haycock Community Wildlife Habitat was the 2013 recipient of Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve Land Ethics Award

The Haycock Community Wildlife Habitat was the 2013 recipient of Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve Land Ethics Award

Julie Fagan, Team Leader of the Haycock Community Wildlife Habitat group, was presented with the 2013 “Land Ethics” award at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve’s 13th Annual Land Ethics Symposium: Creative Approaches for Ecological Landscaping held on Thursday, February 21, 2013. Notes from the 2013 Land Ethics Award Jury: “We were impressed with this project’s focus on protecting wildlife, including bees and bats, for which there is far too little public awareness and funding. The inclusion of site work to control invasive plants adds real habitat modifications to foster their goals.” “The project is also especially worthy due to the high claiber of scientific support and the extensive use of social media for public education”.

The story behind the award:

The project began in the summer of 2011 with 2 Rutgers University students taking the Colloquium Ethics in Science class taught by Dr. Julie Fagan, Associate Professor of Animal Science. Student class projects are based on student interests and career goals. Lisa G. and Janice F. both had an interest in sustainability and native landscape plantings. We focused on wildlife habitat in our Haycock Township in Bucks County, PA community. We partnered with the National Wildlife Federation with the goal of certifying Haycock Township as a NWF Community Wildlife habitat. The project began with the students reaching out to community residents, going door to door, to help them make their backyard more wildlife-friendly, and doing oral presentations to convince the township supervisors to move forward with the project. The project didn’t end there.

Course projects are designed to form a Wiki-like network of solutions to attain goals from divergent areas of focus. Another group of students, team 2, focused on bamboo’s invasiveness, and another (team 3) illustrated how pesticides may negatively affect the demise of the bee population due to Colony Collapse Disorder and threatening the world’s food supply. Then there was team 4 that worked on sustainable organic gardens, team 5 on the bat population, team 6 on getting other communities onboard, and team 7 on pollinator populations. In Oct 2012, The National Wildlife Federation came out to officially recognize Haycock Township as a National Wildlife Federation Community Wildlife Habitat; the 63rd in the United States. In Feb of 2013, the Rutgers University professor accepted the 2013 “Land Ethics” award.

Seven academic papers were subsequently generated for the Haycock
Community Wildlife Habitat Program; associated with each paper is a student-produced video, as well as a number of student-written letters to the editor which were sent and published in various paper and on-line publications.

1) Promoting Wildlife Habitat Communities: Certifying Haycock Township, PA as a National Wildlife Federation Community Habitat. Julie M. Fagan. Ph.D. Lisa Giordano and Janice Foo

2) Bamboo as an Invasive Species: Raising Awareness at Rutgers Gardens of the Impact on Native Habitats. John J. Daub, Janine Disanti and Julie M. Fagan, Ph.D.

3) Colony Collapse Disorder: Links to pesticides and their alternatives: A study on pesticides that may be connected to colony collapse disorder, as well as natural alternatives that can substitute them. Colin Clark, Ian Mosebach, and Julie M Fagan, Ph.D.

4) Steps to a Sustainable Backyard Organic Garden: Overview of compost bins, rainwater catchment systems, and use of plants as a natural Pesticide. Paul Redpath, Joseph Todd and Julie M. Fagan, Ph.D.

5) Dispelling the Myth Surrounding Bats: Saving Bats from the Emergence of White-Nose Syndrome Marco Carvello, Patrick Dziamba, Alyssa Britton and Julie M. Fagan, Ph.D.

6) Wildlife Habitats: Their effect on animals and plants and what can be done to help. Dorothy Pee, Matthew Marquis, Rita Kupershteyn and Julie Fagan, Ph.D.

7) Pesticides and Decline in Pollinator Populations:Synergistic Effects of Herbicide, Fungicide, and Insecticide Use on Pollinator Populations and Alternatives for Communities and Agriculturists to Reduce Impact Beyond Requirements of Current Regulations. Vighnesh Raman, Ryan Fantasia and Julie M. Fagan, Ph.D

Save the Date! – Oct 21, 2012- : Haycock NWF Community Habitat Certification Celebration

Save the Date! – Oct 21, 2012- : Haycock NWF Community Habitat Certification Celebration

On Sun Oct 21, 2012 between 1-4pm, a representative from the National Wildlife Federation will be travelling to Haycock Township to officially certify Haycock Township as a National Wildlife Federation Community Habitat.  Haycock Township will be the 63rd NWF community habitat certified in the US. The ceremony will take place at the township building, 640 Harrisburg School Rd., Quakertown, PA, during their annual open house.  Refreshments will be served.  All are welcome.

Oct 20: Haycock Historical Society & the NWF certification

The Haycock Historical Society (7pm meeting) hosted The Haycock Community Wildlife Habitat Initiative at 7:30 pm Thurs Oct 20 at the Bucks County Latvian Church (1144 Apple Rd., Quakertown).  Dr. Julie Fagan presented where Haycock Township stoods in their quest to achieve National Wildlife Federation Community Wildlife Habitat Certification and spoke about how the $20 backyard habitat application fee is spent.

A little about the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) :

75 years young with 4 million supporters

National Wildlife Federation’s mission is to Inspire Americans to Protect Wildlife for our Children’s Future. 3 program areas:

1)      getting children and families more connected with nature by getting them outdoors,

2)      safeguarding wildlife and habitat and

3)      finding solutions to global climate change.

History of the NWF

A Conservationist’s Vision Iowa cartoonist Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling began the vision for what would become the National Wildlife Federation. His cartoons and conservation ethic caught the attention of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who appointed him the head of the U.S. Biological Survey in 1934 (the forerunner to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service).

Darling proclaimed, “It is hard to start a fire with one stick of wood!” He valued the importance of multiple stakeholder participation and accepting the attitudes, values, and beliefs of many groups. Darling’s dream became reality in 1936 when he convinced President Franklin Roosevelt to invite over 2,000 hunters, anglers, and conservationists from across the country to the first North American Wildlife Conference in Washington, DC.  There, the General Wildlife Federation (later changed to the National Wildlife Federation) was formed with the idea of uniting sportsmen and all outdoor and wildlife enthusiasts behind the common goal of conservation and Ding Darling became the first president of the organization.

Present day (2010) NWF’s Habitats’ programs: Certified Wildlife Habitat (138,000), Schoolyard Habitat (3600), and Community Habitat (48).

 Where your money goes 

NWF Funding – 2010

 Revenues $100 million, with 70 percent coming from supporters through memberships and publications.

$46 million in donations and bequests came from generous individual donors including our members.

$16 million from Foundation and corporate grants (181) for NWF conservation and education programs.

$20 million NWF revenue from publications and films. Nature Education Materials’ revenue totaled $9 million.

$3 million – Gain on investment income and $5 million from royalties and other income.

Expenditures $97 million, with 78% toward conservation education programs and only 20% toward adminstrative oversight

$29 million for conservation advocacy programs

$25 million for education outreach & publications

$9 million other nature education programs

$14 million membership education programs

$12 million fundraising

$8 million general administration 

$ that went toward Legislative Initiatives produced the following “Victories”

1937 – Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act (Pittman-Robertson) – This act created a federal excise tax on firearms and provides matching funds to states for the acquisition, restoration, and maintenance of habitat for the management of wildlife and for research concerning wildlife management. To date, this act has spent $5 billion on state wildlife habitat projects.

1947 – Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) – Land¬mark legislation addressing toxic chemicals in the environment, FIFRA defines “economic poisons” to be any product “intended for preventing, destroying, repelling, or mitigating any insects, rodents, nematodes, fungi, weeds” or other forms of life declared to be a pest. Plant regulators, defoliants, and desiccants are also included as economic poisons. This act requires that all such poisons be registered and labeled with a warning and instructions for use to prevent injury to nontarget organisms. This was the first time a federal law considered the effects of certain poisons on nontarget wildlife.

1948 – Transfer of Certain Real Property for Wildlife Conservation Purposes Act – Under this legislation, if a federal agency possesses land it no longer needs but which has particular value for migratory birds, the agency can be reimbursed for transferring the land to the secretary of the interior or to a state agency for wildlife conservation.

1950 – Federal Aid in Fish Restoration Act (Dingell Johnson) – An extension of the concept of the Pittman-Robertson Act, this act uses a general tax on sport fishing equipment to raise funds which are made available to states for the restoration and management of sport fisheries.

1956 – Water Pollution Control Act – This landmark legislation stipulates that federal grants may be given for the construction of water treatment plants. Originally limited to interstate waters, this act was extended in 1975 to include navigable waters.

1956 – Fish and Wildlife Reorganization Act – This act split the Fish and Wildlife Service into two bureaus: Sport Fisheries and Wildlife, and Commercial Fisheries. In addition, the act authorizes the secretary of the interior to take steps “required for the development, advancement, management, conservation and protection of fishery and wildlife resources” through research, ac¬quisition of refuge lands, and development of existing facilities.

1958 – Pesticide Research Act – This act directs the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to investigate wildlife losses possibly caused by the application of pesticides and to research ways to reduce damage and loss.

1960 – Sikes Act – This act requires all U.S. military reservations to develop, maintain, and coordinate conservation programs for wildlife, fish, and game.

1961 – Wetlands Loan Act – An advanced, interest-free appropriation to the Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp Fund (to acquire refuges and waterfowl pro¬duction areas) of up to $105 million for a 7-year period was authorized.

1963 – Clean Air Act – Acting on its own or at the request of a state, the De¬partment of Health, Education, and Welfare (and now the Environmental Protection Agency) can initiate public hearings, conferences, and court pro¬ceedings to effect compliance with air pollution regulations.

1964 – Wilderness Act – The National Wilderness System was created out of wilderness, wild, and canoe areas of the national forests and provision was made for a review system for the inclusion of additional wilderness areas.

1964 – Land and Water Conservation Fund Act – Monies collected primarily from offshore oil and gas leases are used to fund a variety of state and federal recreational programs and to acquire recreational lands. Later amendments to the act increased the total annual expenditure, increased the proportion of the fund to be contributed by the federal government, and allowed the fund to be used to acquire areas needed for conserving endangered and threatened species of plants or animals.

1966 – Endangered Species Preservation Act – The secretary of the interior is directed to carry out a land acquisition program to “conserve, protect, restore, and propagate selected species of native fish and wildlife” in the United States. Up to $15 million from the Land and Water Conservation Fund can be used for acquisition.

1968 – Wild and Scenic Rivers Act – Segments of seven major rivers in their free-flowing state were set aside for recreational and conservation purposes; provision was made to add to the system.

1968 – National Trails System Act – A national trail system was established, comprising National Recreation Trails and National Scenic Trails.

1969 – National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) – All federal agencies must prepare, and make public, environmental impact statements with respect to any proposed legislation or other action that would significantly affect the quality of the environment.

1969 – Endangered Species Conservation Act – Authority conferred on the secretary of the interior by the 1966 Endangered Species Act was expanded; types of wildlife under protection are defined. The secretary of the interior may promulgate a list of wildlife “threatened with worldwide extinction” and prohibit importation of any animal appearing on this list.

1969 – Water Bank Act – The secretary of agriculture was given the authority to enter into agreements with private landowners to protect wetlands in areas important to the nesting and breeding of waterfowl.

1971 – Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act – This legislation granted 44 mil¬lion acres of federal land and a $1 million cash settlement to Alaskan natives, paving the way for the construction of the 800-mile Alyeska pipeline from Prudhoe Bay to the Gulf of Alaska. It also set the stage for the 1980 Alaska Lands Act by requiring the secretary of the interior to set aside over 80 million acres of Alaskan lands for Congress to designate as national parks, wildlife refuges, national forests, and wild and scenic rivers.

1972 – Coastal Zone Management Act – This act was designed to “preserve, protect, develop, and, where possible, to restore or enhance the resources of the nation’s coastal zone.”

1972 – Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments (Clean Water Act) – With this legislation, the U.S. was provided with a new, comprehensive, and forceful strategy not only to stop the pollution but also to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of lakes, streams, and surface waters. Under Section 404 of this act, the Army Corps of Engineers was given responsibility to oversee any discharge of dredged or fill material in navigable waters. (After a 1975 NWF lawsuit, this jurisdiction was extended to include wetlands and headwaters.)

1972 – Marine Protection Research and Sanctuaries Act (Oceans Dumping Act) – This act prevents and limits the dumping of specific waste materials at sea and authorizes the secretary of commerce, with presidential approval, to designate marine sanctuaries and preserve or restore these areas for their conservation, ecological, or esthetic values.

1972 – Federal Environmental Pesticide Control Act – EPA was given much greater authority to control pesticide use, including a two-category system of registering pesticides as intended for “general” or “restricted” use, with the latter to be used only by certified applicators.

1972 – Marine Mammals Protection Act – This act calls upon the federal gov¬ernment to establish a comprehensive, coordinated program to conserve ocean mammals and their products. It extends protection to individual popu¬lation stocks as well as species or subspecies of marine mammals.

1973 – Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) – Signed by 80 nations, including the United States, the convention established a system of import/export regulation to prevent the commercial overexploitation of endangered or threatened plants and animals. Different levels of trade regulations were provided depending on the threatened status of any particular species and the effect trade would have on that species.

1973 – Endangered Species Act – This act created the endangered and threatened categories for species and extended the responsibility for conserving species to all federal agencies. The secretary of the interior was made re¬sponsible for updating and overseeing these efforts. In addition, the secretary was charged with insuring that federal activities neither jeopardize the con¬tinued existence of, nor destroy or modify critical habitat for, endangered or threatened species. With this act the United States ratified the CITES Treaty.

1974 – Sikes Act Extension – With this act, the mandate to develop, maintain, and coordinate conservation programs for wildlife, fish, and game on military reservations is extended to include national forests, and public lands administered by the BLM and the Atomic Energy Commission. Such programs must include specific projects to improve habitat and must provide protection to threatened or endangered species.

1974 – Forest and Rangelands Renewable Resources Planning Act – To facilitate long range planning for the use of renewable resources within the National Forest Systems, five-year plans must be prepared to outline the protection, management, and development of land in the system.

1976 – Federal Land Policy and Management Act (BLM Organic Act) – Signifying a major policy change, this act established management standards for federal lands under the jurisdiction of the BLM. The secretary of the interior is required to develop and maintain “land use plans which provide by tracts or areas for the use of public land” and for the protection of fish and wildlife habitat. In addition, “regulations and plans for the protection of public land areas of critical environmental concern” must be promptly developed.

1976 – Toxic Substances Control Act – Designed to prevent environmental degradation, this law directed EPA to require testing of all existing and new substances which may present an unreasonable risk to public health or the environment and, if necessary, to step in with regulations.

1976 – National Forest Management Act – An amendment to the 1974 Forest and Rangelands Renewable Resources Planning Act, this act prohibits clear-cutting in national forests and imposes detailed standards on Forest Service management. Public participation is required at every significant stage of administrative action.

1977 – Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act – This act prohibits surface mining on unsuitable land and sets strict standards for reclamation and restoration of land that is suitable for surface mining.

1978 – National Parks and Recreation Act (Omnibus Parks Act) – Eight new wilderness areas, covering almost 2 million acres, were added to the National Park System. Major additions were also made to the Wild and Scenic Rivers System and the National Scenic Trails System.

1980 – Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (Alaska Lands Act) – With passage of this act, the country’s federal wildlife refuge and park systems were expanded by nearly 100 million acres and new management standards were set for refuges in the 49th state.

1980 – Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act (Nongame Act) – This act authorizes federal funding to be made available for the conservation of nongame wildlife. In so doing, it strives to encourage comprehensive conservation planning, encompassing both non-game and other wildlife. Unlike Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson, funding for the Nongame Act comes not from an excise tax but from general appropriations from the U.S. Treasury. As of the end of 1986, Congress had appropriated no funds and the Nongame Act has had no opportunity to live up to its great potential.

1980 – Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (Superfund) – In the event of any damaging release of a hazardous substance into the environment, the following parties may be held liable for any cleanup costs: the manufacturers and distributors of the substance, and the owners of waste disposal sites. If the responsible party refuses to cooperate, EPA may use the Superfund for immediate cleanup costs and later sue the responsible parties for recovery of expenses. This fund is maintained by federal allocations and taxes levied on the chemical industry.

1982 – Coastal Barrier Resources Act – More than 600 miles of fragile beaches and barrier islands along the Atlantic and Gulf coast were designated as the Coastal Barrier Resource System. Federal subsidies are no longer granted for roads or bridges in these special areas.

1982 – Endangered Species Act Amendments of 1982 – Amendments to the Endangered Species Act in 1978 had a nearly crippling effect on the process of listing species as endangered or threatened. The amendments of 1982 speeded up the listing/delisting process by removing many of the burdensome requirements. They also removed economic or other extraneous considerations from the listing process, and extended the protection to include plants on federal land.

1985 – Food Security Act (Farm Bill) – Strong soil and water conservation provisions were included for the first time in a national farm bill that sets the country’s agricultural policy. “Sodbuster” and “swampbuster” provisions deny federal benefits such as crop insurance, loans, and subsidies to farmers who plow, fill in, or otherwise destroy wetlands or grasslands, and make available federal funds to plant cover crops such as legumes and various grasses in fragile areas. In addition, a conservation reserve section was established, setting aside up to 40 million acres of highly erodible land.

1986 – Water Resources Development Act – Before passage of this act, local beneficiaries of water projects did not contribute funds for their construction. By requiring that local as well as federal monies be used to fund construction, this legislation was intended to curb excessive spending as well as discourage environmentally damaging projects. The legislation also requires the Army Corps of Engineers to mitigate damages to fish and wildlife habitat and gives them authority to remedy damages to habitat caused by projects built in the past.

1986 – Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (Superfund Reauthorization) – These amendments extended the 1980 Superfund legislation by setting standards and establishing a timetable for the cleanup process and by addressing the human predicaments associated with toxic contamination. The community-right-to-know provision requires chemical companies to report everyday releases of hazardous substances and devise emergency plans for the community. Assessments of hazards to human health from contamination must be made and communicated to people in the region. State laws that had prevented victims from seeking compensation were nullified. The Superfund itself, reauthorized at $8.5 billion, is maintained by federal allocations and taxes levied on the chemical and petroleum industry and producers of hazardous wastes.

1990 – Food Agricultural Conservation and Trade Act of 1990 (Farm Bill) –  The Wetlands Reserve Program was created to restore and protect wetland areas on farmlands. The program has become the largest and most successful wetland restoration program in the country. 

1990 – Oil Pollution Act –  Following the wreck of the Exxon Valdez in Alaska’s Prince William Sound, NWF lobbied hard for passage of this law, which improved the federal government’s ability to provide funding and resources to oil spills. The OPA created the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, expanded the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan, and increased noncompliance penalties and enforcement authorities of the Federal government.

1990 – Clean Air Act – Amended the Clean Air Act of 1963. Addressed issues of acid rain, urban air pollution, and toxic air emissions. The amendments also added provisions for a phase out of ozone depleting chemicals and further research and development.

1990 – The Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act –  Helped U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to form resource centers and “on the ground” restoration projects benefitting fish and wildlife habitat in the Great Lakes Basin.

1992 – Water Resources Development Act – Provided the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with the authority to review the Central & South Florida Flood Control Project and develop a comprehensive plan to restore and preserve the south Florida ecosystem, enhance water supply and maintain flood protection.

1992 – Partnerships for Wildlife Act –  The act established a Wildlife Conservation and Appreciation Fund to facilitate collaborative partnerships in conservation administered through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, supporting state fish and game agencies in their management and conservation of non-game species. The act also authorizes appropriations matching contributions from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, while also authorizing grants to the States for programs and projects to conserve non-game species. 

1992 – Reclamation Projects Authorization and Adjustment Act –  The act includes many western water provisions to protect and improve environmental management:

  • Grand Canyon Protection Act – requires the Bureau of Reclamation to manage the Glen Canyon Dam “to protect, mitigate adverse impacts to, and improve the values for which Grand Canyon National Park and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area were established.”  It also requires dam operations to be consistent with protecting the health of the Grand Canyon, and authorized experimental dam releases and long term monitoring of the Grand Canyon ecosystem.
  • Central Valley Project Improvement Act – requires the Bureau of Reclamation to protect, restore, and enhance fish and wildlife and their habitats in the Central Valley and Trinity River basins and establishes water conservation as a key principle of Central Valley water management.
  • Central Utah Project Completion Act – modernizes and expands the State’s largest reclamation project, making environmental mitigation and enhancement and water conservation and efficiency central elements of water development. Also establishes the Utah Reclamation Mitigation and Conservation Commission.

1992 – Reclamation Projects Authorization and Adjustment Act – The act requires all damages to the Grand Canyon to be mitigated, while stipulating that all dam operations become secondary to the health of the Grand Canyon ecosystem.

1992 – Energy Policy Act – An NWF led effort, the Act established the first new national standards for conserving water by improving the water efficiency of plumbing products that include showerheads, faucets, water closets, and urinals.

1993 – Hazard Mitigation and Relocation Assistance Act –  Amended the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to expand the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Hazard Mitigation Grants Program, which automatically provides states affected by Presidentially-declared natural disasters an additional 15 percent above FEMA’s total disaster assistance costs. Funds are provided for hazard mitigation, particularly for voluntary acquisition and removal of flood damaged properties, with land dedicated and maintained in perpetuity for a uses compatible with open space, recreational, or wetlands management practices. After the Great Midwest Flood in 1993, more than 10,000 such damaged properties were removed from floodplains in nine Midwest states and owners were compensated at the pre-disaster fair-market values of buildings. 

1994 – National Flood Insurance Reform Act – NWF played a leading role in the first significant reforms of the National Flood Insurance Program since 1973. Bill included establishment of a Flood Mitigation Assistance Program to provide NFIP funds for voluntary property buyouts and relocations of flood prone properties with associated lands dedicated as open space. In addition it permanently authorized the NFIP Community Rating System to recognize communities which exceed NFIP minimum requirements to reduce risk and protect natural floodplain values, strengthened measures to enforce flood insurance purchase where it is required and established the first federal task force on natural and beneficial functions of floodplains. 

1996 – Water Resources Development Act – Established authority for Corps of Engineers to develop aquatic ecosystem restoration projects and directed study to develop a comprehensive plan for restoring, preserving and protecting the South Florida ecosystem.

1997 – National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act – NWF was a major proponent of this law to provide a unifying statement of purpose for the National Wildlife Refuge System and all of its individual refuges. Later, NWF worked with organizations to secure annual appropriations to increase funding for the National Wildlife Refuge System.

1998 – The Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act – Reauthorized the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act of 1990. The act enacted 32 recommendations from the 1995 Great Lakes Fishery Resources Restoration Study.

1999 – Water Resources Development Act –  Established first broad authority for Corps of Engineers to develop and implement “non-structural” flood damage reduction projects, such as property buyouts and protection of open space to maintain or restore floodplain ecosystem functions. Program is known as the Flood Mitigation and Riverine Restoration program or “Challenge 21.”

2000 – Water Resources Development Act – Authorized the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan in Florida, up to that point the largest ecosystem restoration project in the nation’s history.

2000 – Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act – Established the state wildlife grants program, which provides funding to the states to implement comprehensive state wildlife conservation strategies (known today as Wildlife Action Plans). In response to this funding opportunity, for the first time in history, every state and territory prepared a detailed blueprint for the conservation of the full array of species and habitats within its boundaries. Today, these Action Plans provide a roadmap for building a national habitat network for future generations.

2002 – Farm Security and Rural Investment Act – NWF was a major force in this renewal of the Farm Bill in securing the establishment of the Grasslands Reserve Program, a voluntary program to provide assistance to landowners in restoring, managing and protecting their grazing lands to prevent their conversion to other uses. 

2004 – Bunning-Bereauter-Blumenauer Flood Insurance Reform Act – Expanded NFIP funding for flood hazard mitigation and voluntary buyouts of repetitively flooded and severe repetitively flooded residences and businesses.

2006 – The Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act – Reauthorized and increased the grants program from the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act of 1990. Also increased funding for National Fish and Wildlife Service regional projects proposed by states and tribes.

2007 – Water Resources Development Act – Set major policy reforms of Army Corps of Engineers water development programs sought by NWF and conservation organizations by requiring outside independent reviews of plans for costly and controversial Corps projects, detailed fish and wildlife mitigation plans and annual monitoring and reporting of progress toward mitigation success for all Corps projects and revision and modernization of quarter-century old federal water project planning rules called the Principles and Guidelines. Authorized large-scale ecosystem restoration projects for wetlands of Coastal Louisiana and the Upper Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.

2007 – Energy Independence and Security Act – Created the Renewable Fuel Standard, which increased bio-fuel standards, and significantly strengthened vehicle fuel economy standards.

2008 – Food Conservation and Energy Act – NWF developed the legislative concept and successfully lobbied for inclusion of a new program in the farm bill energy title, the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. This program is helping landowners begin to grow biomass crops in a sustainable manner, for next generation bio-fuels and bio-energy. NWF also helped to craft and win passage of the first-ever tax incentive for farmers to help recover threatened and endangered species. This new tax deduction for activities taken pursuant to Endangered Species Act recovery plans represented the first significant amendment to the ESA in twenty years, one that addresses a longstanding need to help those landowners who seek to go above and beyond the law to help endangered wildlife.

2008 – Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Water Resources Compact – Congress approved an eight-state Compact that rewrites the water laws of each of the eight states to protect the Great Lakes from diversions and unwise water use. NWF led the development of the Compact language and the campaign for its passage.

2008 – Great Lakes Legacy Act – Congress re-authorized the Great Lakes Legacy Act for another three years at $54 million per year. The program aims to clean up some of the most polluted sites around the region-so-called Areas of Concern-that suffer from a legacy of toxic pollution threatens the health of both people and wildlife. The next year the program received a significant boost in President Obama’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (see 2009). NWF and the coalition it co-chairs and staffs were leaders in this effort.

2008 – EPA Veto of Yazoo Backwater Pumps, MS – After more than sixty years of controversy, the USEPA applied a seldom used power under Section 404 (c) of the Clean Water Act to veto the Army Corps of Engineers proposed Yazoo Backwater Pumps project in the Mississippi Delta region of the State of Mississippi. This primarily land drainage project threatened to damage or destroy more than 200,000 acres of Mississippi Delta wetlands and bottomland hardwood forests, among the richest areas of waterfowl habitat and biological diversity in North America. For more than three decades NWF and affiliate Mississippi Wildlife Federation battled this ill-conceived project, joined by other NWF affiliates and conservation partners from across the nation.

2009 – Omnibus Public Lands Management Act – Designated three new national parks, four national trails, three conservation areas, ten national heritage areas, and a national monument in nine different states. The act added over 1,100 miles to the Wild and Scenic River system and increased wilderness areas by roughly two million acres. The act also codified the National Landscape Conservation System as part of the Department of the Interior. 

2009 – Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act – Working with conservation partners, NWF helped secure language authorizing the Obama administration to quickly repeal damaging Endangered Species Act regulations put in place at the eleventh hour of the Bush administration. The regulations would have eliminated the role of expert biologists in reviewing and modifying federal activities that are harmful to threatened and endangered species and their habitats. The Obama Administration quickly utilized its newly-won authority and voided the Bush regulations.

2009 – Great Lakes Restoration Initiative – After a 5-year campaign led by NWF, Congress approved and the President signed a $475 million appropriation for Great Lakes protection, the largest in history. This appropriation is the first year’s funding of the GLRI, a $5 billion commitment from President Obama.

Mon Oct 17 6:30pm Nockamixon Park Friends Group

Friends of Nockamixon State Park organizational meeting

Come form a non profit group that will work toward gaining funding and the manpower necessary for park projects that service the interests of the community and the park.  Maybe a way to combine forces with the Haycock Community Wildlife Habitat group.

Monday, 6:30 p.m. at the Nockamixon State Park Education Center.  Enter through the Marina entrance off Rte 563 and turn right at the stop sign.  Park in the first lot on the left, Lot 12.  Follow the trail to the Education Center.  Trail is dark and rocky – a flashlight is recommended.

More info: 215-529-7300 or


in NJ: Walk,film, & Rain Garden Training 10/16,17 &amp19-20

Sunday October 16th at 2pm at Rutgers Gardens – Wild Plant Walk Nut Foraging and Wild Fruit Gathering Taught by Dan Farella!
Check out the info on his website :
This is going to be an amazing plant walk, extremely educational and fun and you will walk away with many wild edibles!

Monday October 17th 7pm Livingston Hall Livingston Student Center; American Meat Film Screening and Discussion with Joel Salatin an amazing Farmer! 

Wed, Thurs October 19-20th   “RAIN GARDEN TRAINING PROGRAM”

Trenton – Isles, Inc. along with the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water
Resources Program are offering a two-day training workshop for individuals
looking to learn the skills to install and maintain a rain garden.  The
two-day training includes both classroom and field time, including an actual
rain garden installation at a Trenton City site.  Rutgers Cooperative
Extension’s rain garden experts will teach attendees what they need to know
to get started with their rain garden projects, from the site selection to
the choice of plants. 

Rain gardens are beautiful, inexpensive, and low-maintenance gardens
designed to intercept, treat, and infiltrate stormwater at the source, such
as a rooftop or driveway, before it becomes runoff.  The plants are native
to the region and help retain contaminants that could otherwise harm nearby
waterways.  Isles, Inc., along with the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water
Resources Program invite all interested individuals to attend the “Rain
Garden Training Program” educational program.  The program is funded by New
Jersey Sea Grant Consortium and the USDA NIFA Northeast States and Caribbean
Islands Regional Water Center.

The first day of this educational program will be held on Wednesday, October
19th at the Isles’ YouthBuild Institute and the Center for Energy and
Environmental Training, located at 33 Tucker Street in Trenton, New Jersey.
The second day of this program will be held on Thursday, October 20th at a
Trenton City site to be announced at the October 19th program.  Please
register online at

The cost of this program is $25.00, which covers the cost of the Rain Garden
Manual of New Jersey ($10.00 value), refreshments, and lunch for the first
day of training.  For businesses that would like to send more than one
person to the program, there is a discounted rate of $15.00 for each
additional person.  This Rutgers Cooperative Extension “Rain Garden Training
Program” program is open to the public without regard to sex, race, color,
national origin, disability, handicap, or age.  The program information is
also available on the RCE Water Resources Program website at <> .

Tonight (Tues 9/13@7pm) Honeybee symposium


Tuesday, September 13, 7:00 PM

 Guest speaker: Maryann Frazier, Senior Extension Associate, Dept. of Entomology, Penn State University

 Topics: 1) Pollinators & Pesticides &

2) How to Protect Your Honeybee Colonies

 Location: Delaware Valley College, Room 114, Mandell Hall

 Sponsors: Bucks County Beekeepers Association and Delaware Valley College in cooperation with Penn State University

 Admission is free.

 Beekeepers, people interested in honeybees, 4-H & FAA members who have honey projects, high school and college students with interests in apiculture or with honeybee assignments are all welcome to join us.


 Delaware Valley College
700 East Butler Avenue
Doylestown, PA 18901

Directions to Mandell Hall from Rt 202

Native Plant Sale – 25% off NWF members

Northeast Natives & Perennials Announces End of Season Special
Carol Schroding, owner of Northeast Natives & Perennials here in Haycock, announced her end of season special which will run from now (8/12/11) until her last day for the season, Saturday, Sept. 17th.   Everything in stock will be 20% OFF our already low prices, with a special additional 5% OFF for anyone who has certified their Haycock Property with the NWF as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat!  If you haven’t already done so, I have applications at the nursery and can help with requirements and suggestions.   You can also complete it online and bring your certification number with you to qualify for your 25% OFF.  Join in the initiative to have our community be the first in PA to certify as a Community Wildlife Habitat!
Fall is a wonderful time to plan and plant perennials and still lots of nice weather time for them to get established. 
How exciting to look forward to next season and know that they are already in the ground, just waiting to emerge in the spring!   We still have many wonderful native plants in stock, so shop early for the best selection. 
We are located at 1716 E. Sawmill Rd.  (215)  
Our hours are Thursday,Friday and Saturday 10am-5pm.  

Plant List for 2011 End of Season Sale

(Now through Sept. 17th  While Supplies Last!)

Herbaceous Perennials range in price from $6. – $14.

Trees and Shrubs range in price from $12. – $35.

Everything in stock is 20% OFF OR

25% OFF with your proof of certification as a NWF Backyard Wildlife Habitat! 


Actaea pachypoda                              Dolls Eyes

Adiantum pedatum                            Maidenhair Fern

Agastache foeniculum                       Anise Hyssop/Purple Hyssop

Allium cernuum                                 Nodding Onion

Amsonia hubrechtii                           Blue Star

Amsonia ‘Blue Ice’                           ‘Blue Ice’ Blue Star

Aquilegia canadense                         Wild Columbine

Arisaema triphyllum                         Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Aruncus dioicus                                Goatsbeard

Asarum canadense                            Wild Ginger

Asclepias incarnata                           Swamp Milkweed

Asclepias tuberose                            Butterfly Weed

Asclepias verticillata                        Whorled Milkweed

Aster cordifolius                               Heart-leaved Aster

Aster divaricatus                              White Wood Aster

Aster dumosus ‘Woods Pink’          ‘Woods Pink’ Aster

Aster oblongifolius                           Aromatic Aster ‘Raydon’s Favorite’

Athyrium Filix-femina                     Lady Fern

Boltonia asteroides ‘Snowbank’      White Boltonia

Boltonia asteroides ‘Pink Beauty’    Pink Boltonia

Carex pensylvanica                          Pennsylvaniasedge

Caullophylum thalictroides              Blue Cohosh

Chelone lyonni ‘Hot Lips’               Pink Turtlehead

Chelone glabra                                 White Turtlehead

Chrysogonum virginianum              Gold Star

Chrysopsis villosa                            Hairy Golden Aster

Coreopsis rosea                                Pink Tickseed

Delphinium exaltatum                     Tall Larkspur

Dicentra eximia                                Fringed Bleeding Heart

Dryopteris marginalis                      Eastern Wood Fern

Echinacea purpurea ‘Ruby Star’     Purple Coneflower ‘Ruby Star’

Echinacea p. ‘White Swan’            ‘White Swan’ Coneflower

Eryngium yuccifolium                      Snakemaster

Eupatorium maculatum ‘Little Joe’  Joe Pye Weed ‘Little Joe’

Filipendula rubra                               Queen of the Prairie

Geranium maculatum ‘Espresso’     Wild Geranium ‘Espresso’

Gillenia stipulata                                         American Ipecac

Helenium autumnale                                   Autumn Sneezeweed

Helianthus angustifolius ‘Gold Lace’         Swamp Sunflower ‘Gold Lace’

Heliopsis helianthoides ‘Summer Sun’      Oxeye Daisy ‘Summer Sun’

Heliopsis helianthoides ‘Summer Nights’  Oxeye Daisy ‘Summer Nights’

Hepatica acutiloba                                      Sharp-lobed hepatica

Heuchera villosa ‘Autumn Bride’               ‘Autumn Bride’ Coral Bells

Iris versicolor                                              Northern Blue Iris

Iris cristata                                                  Dwarf Crested Iris

Jeffersonia dyphylla                                    Twinleaf

Liatris spicata ‘Kobold’                              Blazing Star

Lobelia cardinalis                                        Cardinal Flower

Lobelia cardinalis ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’  Cardinal Flower ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’

Lobelia siphilitica                                        Great Blue Lobelia

Maianthemum canadense                            Canada Mayflower

Matteuccia strutheropteri                             Ostrich Fern

Meehania cordata                                        Meehan’s Mint

Monarda didyma ‘Jacob Cline’                   Bee Balm ‘Jacob Cline’

Monarda Fistulosa                                       Wild Bee Balm

Osmunda cinnamonea                                 Cinnamon Fern

Osmunda regalis                                          Royal Fern

Pachysandra procumbens                            Allegheny Spurge

Panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal’               Switchgrass ‘Heavy Metal’

Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’                Switchgrass ‘Shenandoah’

Penstemon canescens                                  Gray Beard Tongue

Penstemon digitalis                                     Foxglove Beard Tongue

Phlox paniculata varieties                            Garden Phlox   ‘Bright Eyes’ ‘Nicky’ ‘David’ 

Physostegia virginianum                              Obedient Plant ‘Miss Manners’ (white)

Polemonium reptans                                    Jacob’s Ladder

Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’                   Black-eyed Susan ‘Goldsturm’

Rudbeckia laciniata                                     Cutleaf Coneflower

Rudbeckia triloba                                        Three-leaved Coneflower

Ruellia humilis                                            Wild Petunia

Schizachyrium scoparium ‘The Blues’       Little Bluestem ‘The Blues’

Scuttelaria incana                                         Scullcap hyssop

Silphium perfoliatium var. connatum          Virginia Cupplant

Solidago rugosa ‘Fireworks’                       ‘Fireworks’ Goldenrod

Solidago ‘Little Lemon’                              ‘Little Lemon’ Dwarf Goldenrod

Thermopsis caroliniana                                False Lupine

Tiarella cordifolia ‘Running Tapestry’        Foamflower ‘Running Tapestry’

Tradescantia ohiensis                                   Spiderwort

Vernonia glauca                                           Upland Ironweed



Trees and Shrubs

Acer rubrum                                                Red Maple

Acer saccharum                                           Sugar Maple          

Amelanchier Canadensis                             Serviceberry

Amelanchier laevis                                      Allegheny Serviceberry

Aronia arbutifolia                                        Red Chokeberry

Aronia melanocarpa                                    Black Chokeberry                              

Carpinus carolinia                                       Hornbeam

Cephalanthus occidentalis                           Buttonbush

Cercis canadensis                                         Redbud

Clethra alnifolia                                           Summersweet

Cornus amonum                                           Silky Dogwood

Dyospyros virginianum                               Persimmon

Franklinia alatamaha                                   Franklin Tree

Fothergilla major                                         Witch Alder

Itea virginica                                                Virginia Sweetspire

Hamamelis virginiana                                  Witchhazel

Hydrangea quercifolia                                  Oakleaf Hydrangea

Ilex verticillata                                             Winterberry (female)

Ilex verticillata ‘Southern Gentleman’         Winterberry (male)

Lindera benzoin                                            Spicebush

Magnolia virginiana                                      Sweetbay Magnolia

Malus coronaria                                            American Crabapple

Myrica pensylvanica                                     Bayberry

Nyssa Sylvatica                                            Black Gum

Rhus aromatica                                             Fragrant Sumac

Rhus aromatica ‘Gro low’                            Dwarf Fragrant Sumac

Rhus coppalina                                             Dwarf Winged Sumac

Sambucus Canadensis                                  Elderberry

Viburnum trilobum                                       American Cranberry

Sat 8/20 9-noon Honey Bee Celebration in Plumsteadville

National Honeybee Awareness Day

 The Bucks County Beekeepers Association (BCBA) will be celebrating National Honey Bee Day on Saturday, August 20, 2011 at the Plumsteadville Grange from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. The general public and beekeepers are invited to participate in the celebration that will include an observation hive, pictorial information, and hands on fun for the whole family.  Active beekeepers will be on hand to answer your questions.  Join us!

 Plumsteadville Grange
5901 Easton Rd (Rt. 611)
Plumsteadville, PA 18949


Tuesday, September 13, 7:00 PM

 Guest speaker: Maryann Frazier, Senior Extension Associate, Dept. of Entomology, Penn State University

 Topics: 1) Pollinators & Pesticides &

2) How to Protect Your Honeybee Colonies

 Location: Delaware Valley College, Room 114, Mandell Hall

 Sponsers: Bucks County Beekeepers Association and Delaware Valley College in cooperation with Penn State University

 Admission is free.

 Beekeepers, people interested in honeybees, 4-H & FAA members who have honey projects, high school and college students with interests in apiculture or with honeybee assignments are all welcome to join us.


 Delaware Valley College
700 East Butler Avenue
Doylestown, PA 18901

Directions to Mandell Hall from Rt 202

“Fresh” – free screening Wed 8/3 @ 7pm

What: Free screening of the film ” FRESH ”

Where: Bethlehem Area Public Library, 11 W. Church Street, Bethlehem

When: Wednesday, August 3rd @ 7:00PM

Seasoning: Q&A to follow the screening with Lehigh University Visiting Professor M. Dawn King. Brought to you by the South Side Film Festival

go to for trailers, etc.

FRESH Synopsis
FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.

Among several main characters, FRESH features urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, the recipient of MacArthur’s 2008 Genius Award; sustainable farmer and entrepreneur, Joel Salatin, made famous by Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma; and supermarket owner, David Ball, challenging our Wal-Mart dominated economy.

FRESH Details
Total running time: 72 minutes
Production Year: 2009

Produced and Directed by: ana Sofia joanes
Edited by: Mona Davis
Director of Photography: Valery Lyman
Music: David Majzlin
Sound Design: Eric Milano
Mixing: Tom Paul
Poster Design: Seltzer Studio Graphics

Rain Barrel Workshop – Sat July 30 @ 11am Haycock Township

Rain Barrel Workshop.  Come Sat July 30 @ 11am to St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 837 Old Bethlehem Road, Haycock Township; (across from the Haycock Fire Station) Quakertown PA 18951.  We will not be providing rain barrels, but we will show you how to make and install one, or install a commercially made rain barrel.  We would also be happy to help you install one at your residence on Sat afternoon that you’ve purchased before Sat afternoon from a local vender  (see the rain barrel options below that can be obtained locally).

We (myself – Julie and 2 of my Rutgers U student’s Joseph Todd and Paul Redpath-Perez)  plan to also discuss the benefits of organic community gardening, composting and rain water catchment systems (rain barrels).

Any questions? Contact me (julie) 610 847-2411.  Leave a message with your phone number if no one picks up, or by email

Commercial Rain Barrels

I have researched the costs and types of commercial rain barrels that can be obtained locally.  There are also lots to be found on line…  If you want one of the models from Lowes, Home Depot, Tractor Supply (Qtown, Rt 309), or Neighbors in Hellertown, feel free to pick up and bring to your house.  If you are interested in the models from Neighbors, tell them you are affiliated with the Haycock Wildlife group to get the discount (speak to Glenn – (610) 838-7000).   I will be installing the 2 models from Neighbors.  I was impressed by the looks of them and the quality – both the Cascada and Madison model have a 20 year warranty and can withstand cold.

Rain Barrels

Lowes Qtown  – $69.98 50 gallon, Suncast Lowes item # 304422, model RB502PK –  4 in stock

Suncast 50-Gallon Rain Barrel

Suncast  50-Gallon Rain Barrel

Item #: 304422 |  Model #:RB502PK, $69.98  50-Gallon Rain Barrel

  • Latched lid is child and pet proof
  • Includes drain hose for water usage and shut off valve for hose hook-up
  • Overflow hose doubles as a connector hose
  • Debris filter keeps leaves and yard waste out of water
  • Description
  • Specifications
  • Info & Guides
  • Reviews
  • Q&A

Home Depot Souderton – $99, 57 gallon Fiskers Model # 50000018 – 3 in stock

Fiskars Tuscany 57-Gallon Rainwater Harvesting System

Model # 5997000018; Internet # 100663335; $99.98 /EA-Each

The Fiskars Tuscany 57-Gallon Rainwater Harvesting System helps collect, store and dispense rainwater from your roof in style. This rainwater harvesting system includes a diverter kit and spigot.

  • System helps collect, store and dispense rainwater from your roof
  • Rotational molded LLDPE construction
  • Decorative, barrel with a spice granite color can be nested
  • Threaded spigot connects to garden hoses (hoses not included)
  • Holds 57 gallons
  • Includes diverter kit and spigot
  • Eco Options : Eco Options
  • MFG Brand Name : Fiskars
  • MFG Model # : 5997000018
  • MFG Part # : 59977000018

– $$149, 85 gallon Emsco Group Model 2264-1 (UPC072358022652) – 3 in stock

85 gal. Stoneware Urn with Rainwater Collection System
 Tractor Supply (Qtown) – $99.99, 50 gallon Garden Works – Rain Wizard – 4 in stock

Rain Wizard 50 Oak Faux Whiskey Rain Barrel, 50 gal.

Rain Wizard 50 Oak Faux Whiskey Rain Barrel, 50 gal.

  Technical Specifications

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Collect fresh, chemical-free, rain water for use on your plants, lawn, and garden, with the Rain Wizard 50 Oak Faux Whisky Rain Barrel. The flat back design allows you to set it flush against exterior walls. The anti-debris screen keeps out pests and is safe to the touch. A rugged brass spigot is included to accent the barrel with charm and class.

  • Includes 1 rain barrel, 1 brass spigot, 1 roll sealing plumbers tape and 1 instruction sheet
  • Plastic screen mesh is newly designed to keep out bugs, animals, and debris
  • Front side overflow keeps water from flooding against your outside wall
  • Flat-back design allows barrel to sit right up against your home
  • 22 in. w x 23 in. L x 31 in. H
  • Made of 100% recycled resin
  • 1 year limited warranty


SKU Number: 6853532
Manufacturers Number: RAIN WIZARD 50
Rain Barrel | Brand : Rain Wizard | Width : 22 in. | Total Length : 23 in. | Height : 31 in. | Material : PE | Warranty : 1-Year Limited

Neighbors Lawn and Garden (Hellertown) – I have arranged with the owner Glenn Panick (610) 838-7000 of Neighbors, Lawn & Garden, 38 S. Main St., Hellertown for discounted prices (shown below)(tell him you are part of the Haycock  Wildlife Habitat group).  

Madison Rain Barrel – $129.99

A flat, yet elegant 49 gallon (185 L) rain barrel that fits up against any home!  20 yr warrenty on the barrel.

The Madison rain barrel can also be upgraded to the Madison fountain with our fountain upgrade kit!

[ Read more about rain barrels ]


  • Planter
  • Corrision-Proof Screen Guard
  • Hook for Hanging Garden Hose
  • 4′ garden hose with shut-off nozzle
  • Adaptor to support standard garden hose

Cascata Rain Barrel – $185.99

Item #: 81001 (terracotta),Cascata Rain Barrels combine the timeless aesthetic elegance of ceramics with the enduring longevity of modern plastics. The Cascata is made of a roto molded plastic that is able to withstand extreme temperature and will not chip, crack, or fade.  20 yr warranty!!!

65 gallon rainsaver container with a screen guard and unique easily removable crown planter on the top – double walled for extra strength and durability.


  • Crown Planter
  • Corrosion Proof Screen Guard
  • Spigot
  • Dual Overflow Outlets
  • Connector with shut-off
  • Hook for hanging Garden Hose
  • 6′ Garden Hose with Shut-off Nozzle

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