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Eastern Panhandle District will host a 5K fun walk fundraiser for education on June 18

The rains are winding down, the summer heat is upon us, and WV Day is
quickly approaching. That all means one thing: the District Dash is almost

Each year, the Eastern Panhandle Conservation District hosts a 5K and 1 mile
fun walk to raise funds for our conservation education efforts in the
community. This year it is being held at the Cacapon State Park Nature Center on June 18th at 10:00 am. Typically, our programs are offered at no cost to the host (mainly our local schools) and we are very proud to do this. However, we obviously must continue to have the funds to be able to provide these
services. We are proud that 100% of the profits from the District Dash are
able to go towards those education funds. The funds provide education
services and events for the local school systems, watershed organizations,
park and recreation departments, and other conservation minded activities
and groups.

If you or someone you know would be interested in participating in the race,
please spread the word and pre-register through this Friday to be guaranteed
a race day t shirt! On-site registration will also be available. Sponsorship
spots are also available and the coveted Event T Shirt sponsor level is
still available through this Friday!! This level provides your logo or name
on the back of the race day t shirt and provides one free entry to the 5K or
two free entries into the fun walk. All sponsorship options will have the
opportunity to have a picnic table to display their business or
organization. We would like to thank Progressive Printing, Weis Markets,
Kitchen’s Farm Market, and the Chesapeake Bay Program for their committed
and continued support of this event!!

If anyone has any questions, please contact either myself or Suzy Campbell
(cc’d on this e-mail) for more information. We hope to see you on Saturday,
June 18th , 10 am at Cacapon State Park Nature Center!!

Heather and Suzy

Heather (Ishman) Duncan

Education and Outreach Specialist

Eastern Panhandle Conservation District

151 Aikens Center, Suite 2

Martinsburg, WV 25404


304.263.4376 x 5 (office)

304.261.4905 (cell)

Hard work and helpful volunteers help make tree planting a success

Maya and Eliza are happy volunteeers

Eliza and Maya are happy volunteers

After much planning and a week of prep work, hundreds of trees were planted in the Old Mill Manor area along Sleepy Creek on Saturday. Tuesday was hole digging, Wednesday, unloading the trees from a semi. and delivering them to the planting sites, Friday making the deer-proof cages and distributing them to the sites, and on Saturday we were ready for 18 people to plant hundreds of trees. Some of the varieties of trees and bushes planted: Black Walnut, River Birch, Basswood, American Elm ,Red Maple, Swamp Oak, Sweet Gum, Yellow Poplar, Flowering Dogwood, Red Bud, Button Bush, Hazelnut, and Viburnum.

We got the last stakes pounded in about 3:30, and it started raining within a half hour later. Thanks to everyone for all the help, it was really a team effort.

Half of a truckload ready for planting

Half of a truckload ready for planting

Finished with the first 20!

Finished with the first 20, only 300 to go!

Come join us for a fun day of tree planting!

2015 spring tree planting

Students and Girl Scouts Planting trees at our last tree planting event.

Mark your calendars to help Sleepy Creek Watershed Association with one of our largest tree plantings to date on Saturday, May 16, 2015.  In partnership with the Eastern Panhandle Conservation District and the West Virginia Department of Forestry, we will plant over 400
trees and shrubs in the Old Mill Manor subdivision.  To get there, take 522 to Winchester grade road, go left at Autumn Acres Road (just before the big right hand turn)  and stay to the right as it turns into Johnsons Mill Road, cross over small bridge and take first right into Old Mill Manor.  Park immediately to the left as you enter the subdivision.  Since this is an ambitious project, we need as many helping hands as possible. (It’s fun for the whole family.) The planting will take place between 9 AM and 4 PM with lunch being
provided to all participants.  Wear appropriate clothes for outdoor work and bring along a
shovel, personal water bottle, and small gardening tools if you have them.  Gloves will be
provided.  Please call Suzy Lucas at 304-263-4376, extension 3, not later than May 14, 2015 to
register and reserve your lunch. We hope to see you there!

Jeff Iliff receives Volunteer of the Year Award at annual Volunteer Banquet

SCWA President Charles Marsh presented the certificate and the following tribute:

Jeff Iliff has been a mainstay volunteer in the Sleepy Creek Watershed Association during 2014. He has regularly attended and contributed to monthly Board of Directors’ meetings and actively volunteered at all Association events throughout the year. These events include presentations at the Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale, the Morgan County Fair, and the Berkeley Springs Apple Butter Festival. He also “got his feet wet” at six of our scheduled stream monitorings in Sleepy Creek and its tributaries, and helped out at the Eastern Panhandle Conservation District spring tree sale and Eastern Panhandle 2014 Agriculture Field Day co-hosted by the Sleepy Creek Watershed in Morgan County. Most importantly, Jeff volunteered to take on the challenging task of being the Webmaster for the upgraded Association website and spent numerous hours learning new technology, populating the site with relevant information, and updating and “blogging” current news and upcoming events to Association members and other interested parties.

Thanks to the Chamber of Commerce, and all the volunteers that made the event a success.

2014 Agricultural Field Day a big success!

Field day dinnerThis years’ Agricultural field day was well planned and well attended. Of the 90 registrants, about 50 farmers were there to learn more about farming practices that work for the farm and are good for the environment. There were 4 learning stations that the attendees were taken to via hay wagons behind tractors, and a festive dinner afterwards with good food and door prizes.  Everyone had fun and learned alot. Thanks to all the people who planned and helped set-up this great event,  as well as all those who attended, hope to see you all again next year.

Planting for the future


Tree planting at Greenwood Elementary

Dakota Crouse, Tyler Crouse, Grant Michael, and Caleb Moon, students at Greenwood Elementary School, assisted parents and representatives from the Cacapon Institute and Sleepy Creek Watershed Association in planting 16 shade trees on school grounds last Saturday, May 17.  The trees were provided at no cost to the school by the US Forest Service through the WV CommuniTree Project.  Participating organizations are responsible for proper follow-on care and maintenance of the provided trees for a minimum of five years.

Rain garden demonstration a big hit at Berkeley Springs plant fair

The Berkeley Springs plant fair on May 9th and 10th was a great success for all involved. Beautiful weather helped insure a good turnout as SCWA handed out over 100 free Sycamore trees and did dozens of rain garden demonstrations. Visitors were amazed at how much water ran off the turf compared to the rain garden and were very interested in learning more about constructing rain gardens. Photo shows Maya Iliff, one of our younger volunteers doing the demonstration for some interested onlookers.

Riparian tree planting



Highland Ridge Road Riparian Buffer

Several members of the Sleepy Creek Watershed Association teamed with the West Virginia Department of Forestry’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed Forester, Herb Peddicord, and property owners Bill and Gabriella Dahl to plan an 80 tree riparian buffer along a Sleepy Creek tributary on Highland Ridge Road on Friday, April 25.  After planting, the trees were encased in plastic tubes to protect them from damage by deer and other wildlife.


Volunteers Needed: Town of Bath Tree Planting


TUESDAY, APRIL 29, 2014 9:00 A.M. UNTIL 2:00 P.M.

WHAT: Planting 70 medium and larger trees

WHERE: Both sides of US Route 522 from the Post Office north into town, an area along Warm Springs Run in town, on the campus of the old hospital, and at the grounds of the medical facility located above the Food Lion parking lot.

Volunteers meet at the Train Depot lot at 9:00 a.m. for instructions before dividing into teams.

FREE Lunch provided for those who register by Saturday, April 26. To register call the WUV Extension Service at 304-258-8400






Quite a Haul from Make It Shine Volunteers

Nine members of the Sleepy Creek Watershed Association collected 18 tires, 3 TVs, 300 pounds of litter and debris, and 120 pounds of recyclable steel, aluminium, and plastic as part of the WV Department of Environmental Protection state-wide Make It Shine Clean-Up Campaign.  Sleepy Creek’s efforts were at the south end of Highland Ridge Road  on April 5, 2014.  Pictured are Chuck Marsh, Norman Dean, Bob Meadows, Gale Foulds, Stan Oaks and Jeff Iliff.  Not pictured, but participating were Robert and Sally Robb and Gareth Foulds.