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Abrams Creek Wetlands Gets Community Makeover

30 September 2019 Winchester Community News


September 30, 2019

WINCHESTER – The Winchester-Clarke Garden Club is joining the City of Winchester and Shenandoah University’s Environmental Studies Program to conserve the Abrams Creek Wetlands Preserve.

Winchester Parks and Recreation staff maintain the Preserve according to the property’s management plan. WPRD staff regularly cuts trees and shrubs in the area. The focus is on species that are invasive to the Preserve. This Fall WCGC will assist in the cutting of shrubs and trees and is donating $39,000 to help the effort and bring more attention to the Preserve.

WPRD will cut larger invasive trees from now until mid-October. WCGC will follow up with a community cutting of smaller plants and shrubs on October 11 from 1-4 p.m., and again on October 12 from 9 a.m. to noon. Local residents are invited to participate in said conservation activities. Volunteers should wear boots or waders and bring clippers. They will meet in the Children of America parking lot on Jubal Early Dr.

The 25-acre Abrams Creek Wetlands Preserve is a calcareous muck fen and home to over 300 plant species and 180 kinds of birds. The Preserve’s significant plants live in the sun-filled marshes.

Calcareous muck fens take 10,000 years to form naturally and like other wetlands, they capture pollutants, keeping them out of drinking water. Because of their limestone bedrock, low acidity, and high nutrient levels, calcareous fens are one of the rarest natural communities in the U.S. Mineral-rich groundwater and a sun-filled habitat allow distinct species of plants to thrive.

 

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