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FROM THE CHAIR As we experience the unfolding joys of spring in the Willistown countryside, one marvels - again - at this unique gem of natural beauty. We are reminded that there can be few such places in metropolitan areas that offer the many rich opportunities for immersion in, and stewardship of, nature. Its rich diversity and vitality is not just unconstrained and on display here. It is, through the initiatives and careful stewardship of the Trust, made available to us all in myriad ways. A few examples from 2012: In addition to 15 community events centered at the Trust’s preserves, more

than 900 people participated in nature education programs; some 3,000 visitors experienced community farm and bird conservation activities; through their CSA membership, over 100 families enjoyed the farm’s 150 varieties of fruits and vegetables; science students from around the country studied the symbiosis of farming, insect life, bird behavior and wildlife; nearly 4,000 pounds of farm produce were donated to underserved families; thousands of native wildflowers, shrubs and trees were planted; more than 250 Saw-whet owls and hundreds of other bird species were banded (with the help of hundreds of volunteers and students) and on and on. In a nutshell, the Trust staff and all of you supporters and volunteers are giving nature the opportunity to fulfill its potential and promise for a diverse community in and beyond Willistown. Read on and enjoy this beautiful edition of The Sycamore. Mark Ledger Chairman, Board of Trustees

V I S I T U S AT W W W. W C T RU S T. O R G

WILLISTOWN CONSERVATION TRUST Jeanne B. Van Alen President/Executive Director BOARD OF TRUSTEES Douglas C. Walker Hon0rary Chairman Mark T. Ledger Chairman Alice E. Hausmann Vice Chairman Elizabeth C. Hucker Treasurer Langhorne B. Smith Secretary James L. Van Alen II Assistant Secretary Timothy B. Barnard, Esq. Bryan D. Colket Gary A. Cox V. Richard Eales W. Anthony Hitschler William T. Howard F. Arthur McMorris, Ph.D. Collin F. McNeil Jennifer C. Moller Janice Murdoch Arthur E. Newbold Christine S. Seving Peter S. Strawbridge Anson W. H. Taylor, III Tana Wall STAFF Jim Boerckel Director of Finance Sue R. Costello GIS Coordinator Fred de Long Director of Community Farm Program Laura de Ramel Director of Development and Community Outreach Elaine C. Gilmartin Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations Blake Goll Nature Education Coordinator Noah Gress Rushton Farm Field Manager

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William R. Hartman, Jr. Director of Stewardship Lisa Kiziuk Director of Bird Conservation Program Susie MacDonnell Events and PR Coordinator Nancy K. Rosin Associate Director of Development Joyce D. Spragins Communications and Technology Manager John G. Turgeon Director of Land Protection and Public Grants Joannah Whitnah Rushton Farm Assistant Field Manager

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ON THE COVER: Children explore the pollination scene in the farmshed garden at Rushton Farm during a recent PA Young Birders session. RIGHT: Enjoying the Run-a-Muck trail.

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WILLISTOWN’S WORKING LANDS From horse farms to organic vegetables, the preservation of open space in the Willistown area has enabled a vibrant working landscape.

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MAKING IT EVEN BETTER With our critical mass of protected open space, we have the rare opportunity to improve our lands, for the betterment of a remarkable array of species.

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GAINING GROUND New easements and a trail linkage add to Willistown’s reservoir of protected lands.

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ATTRACTING THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST In a climate of declining hands-on science education in the U.S., the Trust is providing significant field research opportunities for top graduate students.

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MAKING CONNECTIONS From high school science classes to outdoor education for urban youth, participants in the Trust’s outreach programs describe their impact.

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JUSTIN THOMPSON

MOVERS AND SHAKERS Staff and Trustee news. CALENDAR OF EVENTS REPORT OF GIFTS


FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Thanks to the foresight and generosity of many local landowners, 6,000 acres of preserved lands in the Willistown countryside now protect our rich and precious natural resources – the rolling hills, the mature woodlands and the clean stream valleys of the beautiful Crum, Ridley and Darby Creeks. The conservation easements donated on these lands assure that their special natural resources are preserved forever... but what is it, in addition, that makes the Willistown countryside so alive, diverse and vital? By protecting land we assure that it can continue to function as a working landscape – one that has a purpose even beyond its natural and scenic attributes – for agriculture, raising livestock and other traditional country activities. In the process, we assure that some of our oldest structures, such as barns, sheds, springhouses and tenant houses can continue to serve their original purposes for animals, farm equipment and housing. These buildings, which often represent great examples of classic Chester County rural architecture, would likely cease to be of viable use without the preserved lands that surround them. As we drive, ride or walk through the Willistown countryside we are enriched by the diversity of working lands we see. This is a landscape that tells us where we are, and one that provides a comforting sense of place because, thanks to years of community conservation efforts, it has retained its rural uses and character. It is a countryside where traditional equestrian activities are thriving at farms too numerous to mention, and where we are fortunate to enjoy such special sights as Belted Galloways grazing at Happy Hollow and Buttonwood Farms, Black Angus at Crum Creek, Thoroughbred foals frolicking at Brushwood, Gordon Setters training at Double Dee Farm, heritage sheep and other livestock at Plumsock, Garrett Mill, and Hollystone Farms, and organic produce growing at Blue Elephant and the Trust’s own Rushton Farm – just to name a few. These preserved working lands assure that both the natural and cultural heritage of our area will endure, and they define what it is that makes the Willistown countryside such an exceptional landscape. So, let’s celebrate Willistown’s working lands and the many landowners who have preserved and continue to use them. With their example as inspiration, and your continued support as volunteers, partners, donors and landowners, we will be successful in our mission to preserve the remaining vulnerable 4,000 acres in the Willistown Conservation Trust program area. We are blessed that these lands are both the heritage and the future of the remarkable Willistown countryside that is enjoyed by so many from near and far.

P.S. Be sure to join us on May 11th at our Barns & BBQ event. We will be celebrating our working lands with a tour of five of Willistown’s most beautiful barns followed by a bountiful farm-to-table country barbecue supper (more information on back cover). 4 | W I L L I S TO W N C O N S E R VAT I O N T R U S T

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Let’s Celebrate

JUSTIN THOMPSON

LISTOWN’S WORKING LANDS

ABOVE: Some of the preserved working lands to be showcased at our upcoming Barns

& BBQ event on May 11th, including this 19the century barn and grazing lands for chickens, sheep, goats and horses.

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The sparkling Crum Creek, which winds through much of Willstown’s preserved landscape, is an example of a natural resource that has been improved by the collective work of the Trust and landowners and organizations along its entire path. Stream bank plantings of native shrubs and trees provide important shade over the water and protect it from erosion. These efforts help maintain the West Branch of the creek’s status as “Exceptional Value” by the DEP and “Cold Water Trout Fishery” by the PA Fish and Boat Commission. LEFT: Community

service volunteers from Episcopal Academy tend to a tree planted as part of the riparian buffer (stream bank) restoration project along Crum Creek. Maintenance is crucial to the success of any habitat restoration project.

vice volunteers froplanted as part

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LEFT: One by one, wildflower plugs are planted in the front field at the Trust office on Providence Road. To date, thousands have been planted and are thriving. Wildflower plantings are an excellent restoration project for any property at any scale.


Making it Even Better AS WE CONTINUE OUR WORK TO ADD TO THE 6,000 ACRES ALREADY PROTECTED FROM DEVELOPMENT, WE HAVE A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE OUR LAND AND WATERWAYS HEALTHIER.

JUSTIN THOMPSON

Habitat restoration is the step beyond

LEFT: The installation of the early successional shrub habitat demonstration area at Rushton Woods Preserve was a collaborative, community effort last fall. It is a shining example of how a small restoration project can serve to inspire others to take action.

simply preserving natural resources. Some restoration projects seek to repair severely degraded landscapes — such as planting native shrubs in a woodland lacking an understory due to deer browse. Other projects involve restoring a habitat to its pre-disturbed condition — converting a lawn to a meadow of native grasses, for example. The Trust has developed a habitat restoration “modeling” program where we create various smallscale demonstration sites. Examples include the native wildflower meadow at the Trust office, the warm season grass demonstration area at Kirkwood Preserve, the floodplain plantings along Crum Creek at Kirkwood Preserve, and our early successional shrub habitat site at Rushton Woods Preserve. While these projects provide local ecological benefits, their broader purpose is to provide tangible opportunities for us to better understand their mechanics, evolution, and appearance. These sites are inspiring landowners to develop similar projects on their own land. Because the majority of land is privately held, the greatest ecological impact can be achieved by private landowners restoring high quality habitat on their own property. This will create a larger mosaic of contiguous habitat, making a significant SPRING 2013 | 7


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Mowing fields just once a year is a simple way to improve its ecological health and habitat value. And it’s a particularly appropriate landscape for the Willistown area’s rural countryside.

BELOW LEFT: Displaying their trademark golden hues, four varieties of

native warm season grasses have been planted in demonstration swaths at Kirkwood Preserve. BELOW RIGHT: Episcopal Academy seniors care for one of the more than 600 native trees providing shade and erosion control for Crum Creek at Kirkwood Preserve.

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difference by boosting water quality and supporting thriving populations of wildlife. So let’s take a look at our own lands to see how we can improve their ecological health and habitat value. It could be as simple as making a garden more bird-friendly, or converting a regularly mowed field to one that is planted with wildflowers and mowed only once per year. Together we can build a collective knowledge base of “on-the-ground” experiences that improve the success of future projects. Don’t be timid! Jump in. Use the Trust as a resource, and we’ll make changes together to benefit the local landscape

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Gaining Ground

TRUST ADDS NEW EASEMENTS AND IMPORTANT TRAIL LINKAGES TO PROTECTED LANDS

NEW EASEMENT ON GOSHEN ROAD In July of 2012, our good friends Janice and Britt Murdoch donated their second conservation easement to the Trust, this time protecting a four acre tract at the corner of Goshen and Garrett Mill Roads in Willistown. The easement permanently preserves scenic woodland views of this property from both roads. It also establishes a critical equestrian trail corridor that links to existing and proposed trails on neighboring lands and diverts riders from a very dangerous intersection. Much thanks to Janice and Britt for their conservation efforts that have so greatly benefitted our community. The Trust also extends a warm welcome to the neighborhood to Art and Doris Strawbridge, who have since purchased the property and now reside there.

MORE PROTECTION FOR CRUM CREEK Thanks to an anonymous donor, a five acre mostly wooded tract in Willistown is protected from further residential development by an easement granted to the Trust in 2012. The easement preserves an important stretch of the Crum Creek’s “West Branch” as well as associated wetlands and floodplain, which are providing important

GOSHEN ROAD EASEMENT

wildlife habitat and protecting water quality. The West Branch and its tributaries are considered by the state to be “Exceptional Value” waters for their outstanding biological quality.

STEEPLECHASE LANE TRAIL SECURED The Trust recently accepted the assignment of a trail easement located along the rear lot lines of four properties on Steeplechase Lane in Willistown from Brandywine Conservancy. The trail easement, which is about 1,500 feet in length and twenty feet wide, provides a critical link from the Township’s Sugartown Preserve and several trails on neighboring preserved parcels to a trail corridor along Providence Road that connects to Radnor Hunt Pony Club and Radnor Hunt. The trail easement was originally granted to the Conservancy in 1987 as part of the former Willistown Area Conservation Program. The Trust welcomes the owners of the properties, Jean and Rob Good, John and Katherine Link, David and Mary Ann Glass, and John and Deb Donaldson, to our community of easement landowners.

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RUSHTON WOODS PRESERVE IS ATTRACTING A GROWING NUMBER OF TOP GRADUATE STUDENTS FOR THEIR FIELD RESEARCH PROJECTS. OUR STAFF WILL TEACH A UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA GRADUATE COURSE THERE IN FALL OF 2013.

Attracting

The Best and the Brightest

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Jay Geipel’s field research at Rushton Woods Preserve confirmed an abundantly healthy ecosystem that supports a thriving population of prey species for nocturnal carnivores, including this Long-tailed Weasel and Mink (bottom). He installed tracking plates (shown below left and right) to document the presence of these elusive mammals.


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RUSHTON WOODS PRESERVE — AN IDEAL SITE FOR FIELDWORK Historically, scientists from various disciplines viewed fieldwork as the most valuable part of the teaching and learning process, but within the past few decades there has been a steady decline in scientific fieldwork in the United States. Bucking this trend, Rushton Woods Preserve has become recognized as an excellent resource for the academic community and the advancement of fieldwork. Surrounded by diverse ecological communities, Rushton Woods Preserve and Rushton Farm are attracting top graduate science students. Combined with the Trust’s ongoing Community Farm, Bird

Conservation and Habitat Restoration Program activities, the preserve is an ideal place to study the impact of small-scale agriculture on surrounding ecosystems. It offers a unique opportunity for students to conduct field research on topics related to conservation biology, ornithology and agroecology. Fieldwork conducted at Rushton is especially valuable to the Trust because students are scientifically documenting the positive impacts of our farming practices and preserve management activities. Additionally, their data, analysis and methodology of studying the interactions between wildlife and smallscale agriculture will be used in future education programs at Rushton. SPRING 2013 | 11


JAY GEIPEL

BEN REYNARD

LEFT: U of Penn graduate student Jay Geipel’s project focused on Northern Saw-whet Owl dynamics and habitat and prey relationships at Rushton Woods Preserve. RIGHT: U of Penn graduate student Ben Reynard’s study explored sustainable agriculture’s impact on native bees and the role it may play in protecting declining honey bee populations due to colony collapse.

On an academic level, these students experience total immersion in their subject areas and develop advanced skills in observation and data collection. On a personal level, they hone skills such as problem solving, self-reliance, selfconfidence, and team work. These skill sets will benefit them throughout their future professional careers in countless ways.

TWO U OF PENN GRAD STUDENTS CHOOSE RUSHTON FOR FIELDWORK The value of field research was recently exemplified by research conducted at Rushton by two University of Pennsylvania Masters in Environmental Studies students. The first is Jay Geipel whose capstone thesis is entitled “Northern Saw-Whet Owl Dynamics at Rushton Woods Preserve: Habitat and Prey Relationships.” His research, which demonstrated the diversity and abundance of small mammals present at Rushton, supports the idea that smallscale agriculture can benefit not only the local community but also migrating Northern SawWhet Owls seeking suitable roosting habitat and available prey. Ben Reynard completed his capstone thesis, entitled “The Producer-Pollinator Dilemma: Neonicotinoids and Honeybee Colony Collapse,”

in addition to an Independent Study entitled “The Bees of Rushton Farm: A Pollinator Perspective on Sustainable Agriculture.” While he conducted his field research, he also volunteered many hours working on the farm with the knowledgeable farm staff to gain a deeper understanding of the role of bees within the ecosystem. In the end, he concluded that “sustainable farming has the capability to restore, protect, and enhance pollination networks between plants and animals, and extends beyond individual species conservation to a more interconnected, landscape level conservation paradigm.”

U OF PENN MASTERS OF ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES FIELD COURSE TO BE OFFERED AT RUSHTON Rushton Woods Preserve is so attractive for field research that it has been chosen as the site for a new University of Pennsylvania field course for the fall of 2013. This interdisciplinary course will be taught by Lisa Kiziuk, the Trust’s Director of Bird Conservation Program. It will integrate concepts in scientific method, study design, ecology, and conservation with a focus on birds, in order to foster an understanding of how research can inform management of wildlife populations.

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When we first started our work here, we weren’t sure how many Northern Saw-whet Owls were using Rushton Woods Preserve as a stopover. Affirming our our own banding data, Jay Geipel’s field research paints a picture of a place with remarkable habitat biodiversity, supporting a healthy food chain that keeps the owls and other carnivores well-fed. - LISA KIZIUK, Trust Director of Bird Conservation

BELOW: University of Pennsylvania grad student Ben Reynard’s

project focused on pollinators at Rushton Woods Preserve and Farm, like this honey bee in the farmshed garden.

CARLY ABBOT

Fieldwork involves first-hand learning outside the classroom and is undertaken primarily for teaching scientific process, observation, and collection of raw data. Often central to the understanding of the subject, there is simply no better way to train and educate students in subjects such as biology, environmental science and ornithology.

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“Its experiential service learning “

at it’s best.

O U T R E AC H P R O G R A M S T O U C H M A N Y L I V E S

Making Connections ABOVE Youthful participants from the Melton Center help Trust Nature Education Coordinator Blake Goll plant native shrubs at Ashbridge Preserve. The shrub plantings will demonstrate their importance to the survival of fledgling birds when they first leave the nest.

Thank you very much for an enjoyable and educational experience. The boys (and my daughter) loved the experience!

Eva and I had a rich, wonderful and inspiring visit with you all at the bird banding station last Monday. We both really appreciated how welcome we were and how you all included us throughout the morning. The day quickly ranked among the all time favorites in our list of life learning ventures, not likely to be forgotten. We are most grateful. – KELLY DILLON

Animals have a remarkable way of reaching kids of all ages and ability levels. I find it particularly beautiful to see boys on the [Autism] spectrum open up when they are in contact with an animal. I think this experience will stay with them for a very long time! We look forward to learning more about service opportunities with WCT and will discuss interest level among the families in Troop 77 at a future planning meeting. – DAVE MAKOWICZ TROOP 77 LEADER

Troop 77 is a troop of Boy Scouts that includes boys on the Autism spectrum.

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Thank you very much for providing a wonderful and positive experience for our students and staff. We learned a great deal about birds and their habitat. We arrived cold and as the trip proceeded, we warmed up because of your hospitality and appreciation for wildlife and nature. The students were really engaged during the program. I heard Juan express proudly how he planted 9 trees “for the birds to eat.” I also watched how gentle Alexis was while she was holding the Blue Jay — that was amazing to see. My experience working with children tells me that they can sense when they are loved and cared for — your love and compassion was received in the spirit it was given. Much Gratitude!

– KENNETH D. WINSTON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CHARLES A. MELTON ARTS AND EDUCATION CENTER The Melton Center contributes to the quality of life of all people in West Chester, PA.

The Shipley Middle School Friday Service group has a wonderful opportunity to be outside and do work with WCT once a month [for the past few years]. The students work hard and create positive changes that benefit the Trust and those who come to enjoy the Trust’s preserves. We, in turn, learn about the environment and local area and the importance of our work everyday that we are at WCT. It’s experiential service learning at it’s best. – CAROL GILLIGAN SHIPLEY SCHOOL TEACHER

WCT OUTDOOR CLASSROOM Partnership Schools and Programs Whether it's working with urban youth, complementing science honors classes from area schools, or hosting service learning field trips for first graders, the Trust uses the preserved Willistown countryside as a living outdoor classroom for students of all ages. Abington Friends School Abington, PA Agnes Irwin School Rosemont, PA Charles A. Melton Arts & Education Center

West Chester, PA Conestoga High School Berwyn, PA East Coventry Girl Scouts East Coventry, PA Episcopal Academy Newtown Square, PA Germantown Academy Philadelphia, PA Goshen Friends School West Chester, PA Great Valley Middle School Malvern, PA The Haverford School Haverford, PA Harriton High School Ardmore, PA Open Connections Newtown Square, PA

Just wanted to let you know that the owl banding evening was an absolute hit with our granddaughter Ella — I wish you could have seen and heard her tell me all about it excitedly and non-stop for at least 20 minutes--she could scarcely catch her breath!!! Her Mom and my husband also thought it was a marvelously planned evening with the variety of activities and of course the star of the evening, the Saw-whet--we got a couple of photos. So thank you all for organizing this .

Rosemont School of the Holy Child Rosemont, PA Saint James School Philadelphia, PA The Achievement Project of Chester

Chester, PA The Shipley School Bryn Mawr, PA Westtown- Thornbury Elementary School West Chester, PA

– THERESE C. RAWSON

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JIM GRAHAM

STAFF AND TRUSTEE NEWS

Movers and Shakers LEFT TO RIGHT: Gary Cox, Laura de Ramel, Collin McNeil.

Gary Cox became a Trustee in October of 2012.

He has been actively involved with the Trust for many years, providing enthusiastic leadership and support in numerous areas. A founding member of the Run-a-Muck committee, he and his wife Catharine have co-chaired the Trust’s largest annual fundraiser for the past two years. Gary is an active member of the Development Committee, provides invaluable information technology guidance to the Trust, and provides ongoing counsel to the newly formed Young Friends of Willistown Conservation Trust. Gary is active in many other organizations in the Willistown area, and he has recently started fox hunting with Radnor Hunt. He worked for Microsoft for 10 years, and is currently managing partner of Spitfire Lake Partners, a software development company in Newtown Square. Gary and Catharine recently purchased Chestnut Farm, a preserved property on Plumsock Road. Both active equestrians, they have two young children, Emily and Bowen.

Collin McNeil joined the Board of Trustees in May of 2012. Collin’s passion and

support for the Willistown countryside and its open spaces have been palpable for many years. As a devoted member of Radnor Hunt and an avid fox hunter, he currently serves as Joint Master of the Hunt and Chairman of the Radnor Hounds Foundation. He’s an award-winning journalist, media executive, and philanthropist, and he brings a wealth of varied experience to the Trust. He chairs the Quaker City Foundation and was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania for a number of years. He authored Bright Hunting Morn, a beautiful book on the history of Radnor Hunt published on its 125th anniversary in 2009. Collin and his wife, Nia, and their three children live at Upland Farm in Chester Springs.

Laura de Ramel joined the Trust in September 2012 as Director of Development

and Community Outreach. Originally from New England, she has lived in this region for the past eight years. She serves on the Board of Trustees at St. George’s School in Rhode Island, where she has been the Trustee Chair of the Annual Fund for the past three years. Her prior fundraising experience includes being the Associate Director of Principal Gifts at Boston University, as well as a volunteer fundraiser for a variety of non-profit organizations. Prior to becoming a professional fundraiser, Laura worked in the fields of environmental and energy consulting, as well as for the United States Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. She earned an MBA from UNC-Chapel Hill, with a concentration in finance and sustainable enterprise. Laura resides in Wilmington and has two school-age children, both of whom are eager to bring their schoolmates on a field trip to Rushton Farm.

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LEFT TO RIGHT: Lisa Kiziuk, Blake Goll, Fred de Long, Doris McGovern.

Staff Presentations, Awards and Professional Advancement

Outstanding in Their Fields Fred de Long Presented Developing Community Bonds through Farms and Food to the Chester County Community Alliance in West Chester, PA. (March 2012) Presented Land Use Policy & Planning for Farming at the Philly Farm and Food Fest in Philadelphia. (April 2012)

Fred de Long and Lisa Kiziuk Presented Food and Feathers: Building Connections to Farms and Wildlife to the Alliance of Natural Resource Outreach and Service Programs at the Morris Arboretum in Philadelphia (September 2012) and at the Land Trust Alliance National Conference Rally in Salt Lake City (October 2012)

Presented Land Conservation, Conservation, Food Systems and Agriculture: Multiple Strategies for Participation & Finding Funding at the Yale Conservation Finance Camp. (June 2012)

Blake Goll Received a National Audubon Society scholarship to attend Sharing Nature: An Educator’s Week at Hog Island Audubon Camp in Bremen, Maine. (July 2012)

Lisa Kiziuk, Blake Goll and Doris McGovern Provided bird banding demonstrations/regional field ecology sessions for the following groups:

Taught a 5-week class, Birds, Bird Banding and Conservation at Widener University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Exton, PA (October 2012)

Attended the Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators Conference in Raystown, PA (March 2012)

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Alliance of Natural Resource Outreach and Service Programs Audubon Pennsylvania - Mill Grove Birding Club of Delaware County (BCDC) Delaware Nature Society Malvern Troop 77: A Boy Scout Troop for Boys on the Autistic Spectrum Natural Lands Trust Widener University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute for adults over 50

Presented educational sessions to the Melton Center, Westtown Thornbury Elementary School, and East Coventry Elementary School.

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PROGRAMS & EVENTS March

May

Woodcocks and Cocktails Friday, March 15 6 pm Rushton Woods Preserve

Wednesday “Just Show Up” Volunteer Day at Rushton Farm Begins Every Wednesday through October beginning Wednesday, May 1 9 am – 4 pm Rushton Farm

Hear and see Woodcocks performing their courtship rituals. Email reales36@gmail.com. Beauty in the Brambles Bird Walk Saturday, March 16 9 – 10 am

Rushton Woods Preserve email wrh@wctrust.org. PA Young Birders Scat, Tracks and Signs Saturday, March 23 9 – 11 am Rushton Farm

Bird fun for kids ages 8 – 12. Email bhg@wctrust.org to sign up.

April

Meet The Farmers Sunday, April 21 4 pm Rushton Farm CSA members meet the farm staff and hear about the upcoming season. Beauty in the Brambles Workshop Thursday, April 25 6:30 – 11 am

Rushton Woods Preserve Learn how shrubs support fledgling birds while observing bird banding. Free native shrub for each family! Email wrh@wctrust.org. Spring Bird Banding Begins Most Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning mid April Sunrise – Early Afternoon Rushton Woods Preserve

Come meet Willistown’s most colorful inhabitants up close. To express interest and to receive regular banding schedule updates, email lkr@wctrust.org. Beauty in the Brambles Workshop and Bird Walk Saturday, April 27 9 – 11 am Victory for Veggies The Future’s in the Dirt Friday, April 19 5:30 – 8 pm Home of Nancy & Dick Klavans

This is a great way to get your hands dirty, help the farm, and learn about sustainable agriculture. Plant Sale Saturday & Sunday, May 4-5 11 am – 3 pm Rushton Farm

Early vegetable and annual flower seedlings, raspberry canes, and a limited supply of perennials. CRC Creek Week - Stream Clean Up Saturday, May 4 9 am – 11 am

Ashbridge Preserve Help us clean up the stream as we participate in the Chester Ridley Crum Watersheds Association’s annual stream clean-up. Beauty in the Brambles Bird Walk Saturday, May 4 9 – 11 am Rushton Woods Preserve

Spot birds with Valley Forge Audubon and learn how shrubs support fledgling birds. Free native shrub for each family! Email wrh@wctrust.org.

Ridley Creek State Park Spot birds with Valley Forge Audubon and learn how shrubs support fledgling birds. Free native shrub for each family! Email wrh@wctrust.org.

Author and Farmer Ben Hewitt shares how a town was revitalized by sustainable agriculture. Advance registration at wctrust.org.

Barns & BBQ Saturday, May 11 2:30 – 10 pm Five Barns in Willistown

PA Young Birders Riparian Habitat Exploration Saturday, April 20 9 – 11 am Rushton Farm

Tour of five barns followed by a bountiful BBQ prepared by chef Brian Storey. Look for an email invitation and more information at wctrust.org.

Bird fun for kids ages 8 – 12. Email bhg@wctrust.org to sign up.

Historic Sugartown Day Saturday, April 27

Sugartown and Spring Roads www.historicsugartown.org

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PA Young Birders Spring Songbird Migratory Banding Saturday, May 18 9 – 11 am Rushton Farm

Bird fun for kids ages 8 – 12. Email bhg@wctrust.org to sign up.


Check wctrust.org for updated calendar.

Beauty in the Brambles Workshop Thursday, May 23 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Rushton Woods Preserve Learn how shrubs support fledgling birds. Free native shrub for each family! Email wrh@wctrust.org.

July Tomato Tasting Saturday, July 27 5 – 7 pm Rushton Farm

Tomatoes are the stars! Cocktails & fabulous chef-created tomato preparations.

First CSA Pick Up Of The Season Tuesday, May 28 2 – 7 pm Rushton Farm

Owl Banding Begins October – tbd Rushton Woods Preserve

June

By reservation only. Over 200 adorable little Saw-whet Owls were banded at Rushton last year as they migrated through our area. For reservations email lkr@wctrust.org.

August Gator-Aid Saturday, June 1 7 pm Rushton Farm Join the Willistown Young Friends and help raise funds to purchase a John Deere Gator for the Trust’s Community Farm Program. PA Young Birders Kids Get Out and Bird! Saturday, June 8 8 – 11 am Rushton Farm

Tomato Gleaning A Saturday in August tbd Rushton Farm

Help harvest the last tomatoes on the vines before nighttime temperatures ruin their flavor. All produce from the gleaning will be donated to the families and individuals in need via West Chester Food Cupboard.

Radnor Hunt Horse Trials & Pig Roast Saturday, October 12 Competition: 8 am – 5 pm Pig Roast: 5 pm Radnor Hunt Pony Club and Radnor Hunt This “horse triatholon” has been taking place in the Radnor Hunt countryside for over 40 years. Proceeds benefit organizations that support the local equestrian community, including Willistown Conservation Trust. www.radnorhuntht.org

September

Bird fun for kids ages 8 – 12. Email bhg@wctrust.org to sign up. Run-A-Muck & Countryside Bash Saturday, September 21 Heartwood Farm 2:30 – 6 pm

Radnor Hounds Foundation Party Saturday, June 22 Evening Details at radnorhunt.com.

October

You can Run or Muck (walk) on a beautiful crosscountry trail this Fall, and don’t miss this Countryside Bash! Young, old or canine — all gather in this spectacular setting for a day of running, mucking and raucous fun. There’s nothing like it! Registration at wctrust.org.

Harvest Celebration Saturday, October 26 Rushton Farm 5 – 8 pm

Pumpkin carving, live raptors, bonfire and a beautiful Autumn evening at Rushton Farm. Registration required at wctrust.org.

November

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Radnor Hunt Pony Club Chase for Conservation Sunday, November 10

Proceeds from this annual trail ride benefit the Trust. www.radnorhuntprc.org

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The Sycamore Society The Sycamore Society honors individuals and organizations who annually contribute $1,000 or more to the Trust. Gifts listed below include contributions to the Annual Fund, the Pew Challenge for Rushton Woods Preserve and the Trust’s Capital Fund.

P L AT I N U M S YC A M O R E S ($25,000 or more)

Anonymous (1) Ms. Elizabeth G. Atterbury Mr. and Mrs. Tristram C. Colket, Jr. Dick and Nancy Eales Germeshausen Foundation

Tucker C. Gresh Alice and Peter Hausmann Mr. and Mrs. W. Anthony Hitschler Margot and Bob Keith Kidogo Foundation

Dick and Nancy Klavans Mr. and Mrs. Collin F. McNeil Mrs. J. Maxwell Moran The Pew Charitable Trusts Mr. and Mrs. Kevin T. Ryan

S I LV E R S YC A M O R E S

G O L D S YC A M O R E S

($5,000 to $9,999)

($10,000 to $24,999)

Anonymous (1) Ms. Carol Ann Atterbury Mr. Timothy B. Barnard The Boudinot Foundation The Bryn Mawr Trust Company Mr. and Mrs. Warren I. Claytor Mr. and Mrs. Bryan D. Colket Mr. and Mrs. Gary A. Cox Mr. and Mrs. James E. Gerry Kent-Lucas Foundation, Inc.

Tally Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Turner, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Douglas C. Walker Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey C. Warden Mr. and Mrs. William G. Warden III

Kirby Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Michael Kirby Mrs. Lawrence E. MacElree The Northern Trust Company Mr. and Mrs. Frederick T. Seving III Lang and Marilyn Smith Mr. and Mrs. Peter S. Strawbridge Mrs. Anson W. H. Taylor, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. James L. Van Alen II

Anonymous (2) Mr. and Mrs. Clyde D. Beers E. Murdoch Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. J. David Hucker Martha and Doug King Mr. and Mrs. Mark T. Ledger Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. McMenamin

Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. Moller Mr. and Mrs. Britton H. Murdoch Ms. Marilyn V. Neely-Gabrys, in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Paul H. Woodruff Donna and Bill Oliver Mr. and Mrs. Seymour S. Preston III Mr. and Mrs. George F. Rubin

B RO N Z E S YC A M O R E S ($2,500 to $4,999)

Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Borgh, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Douglas S. Briggs Dr. and Mrs. Peter Coggins Mr. and Mrs. Craig W. Cullen, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Robert V. Duprey GBH Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Genuardi

Dr. Leslie J. Green and Dr. Ethel M. Ziselman Anne and Matt Hamilton The Hamilton Family Foundation Beverly S. Hattersley Mr. Francis M. Jennings Kreischer Miller Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Layden, Jr.

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Mr. and Mrs. John B. McGowan, Jr. Dr. F. Arthur McMorris and Dr. Joanna Balcarek McMorris Mr. and Mrs. Ranney R. Moran Mr. and Mrs. Peter C. Morse Mr. and Mrs. Arthur E. Newbold IV Radnor Hounds Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Roberto Sella

Dr. and Mrs. Christopher K. Smedley Mr. Matthew Taylor and Ms. Francie Ingersoll Mr. and Mrs. Stuart A. Taylor Mrs. William L. Van Alen, Sr. The Honorable and Mrs. Thomas D. Watkins Willistown Area Trails Association


MARY HUNT DAVIS PHOTOGRAPHY

LEFT: Many Sycamore Society members enjoyed a beautiful farm-to-table dinner at Celebrating Rushton, held at Rushton Farm in June of 2012. The event commemorated the completion of the 50-acre addition to the 80-acre Rushton Woods Preserve.

S YC A M O R E S ($1,000 to $2,499) Anonymous (4) Franny and Franny Abbott Barnard, Mezzanotte, Pinnie & Seelaus, LLP Caroline and Olin Belsinger Mr. and Mrs. L. Clarke Blynn Broadacres Trouting Association James Brown Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning Mr. and Mrs. James Bruder Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Campbell, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. W. Morgan Churchman III Warren Claytor Architects Mr. and Mrs. David R. Cohen Mr. and Mrs. John F. Cozzi Mr. and Mrs. James M. Davidson Mr. and Mrs. Emery W. Davis Dr. and Mrs. Sanford H. Davne Carol and J.R. Delich Dr. Ronald E. DiSimone and Dr. Patricia Ann Torna Mr. and Mrs. Anthony J. DiValerio, Jr. Dr. John P. Dormans

Michael E. and Elizabeth S. Drummond Elite Underwriting Services, Inc. Fieldstone 1793 Foundation/ Mrs. Henry A. Jordan Lynn and Steve Flynn Mr. and Mrs. Drew Fox Mr. and Mrs. Paul Gansky Mr. Brook Gardner and Ms. Jodi Spragins Gardner/Fox Associates, Inc. Dr. and Mrs. Robert Good Griffiths Construction, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. John W. Hardin Mr. and Mrs. William R. Hartman, Sr. Philip J. and Elizabeth A. Harvey Mr. Scott T. Hattersley Mr. and Mrs. Daren Heitman Karen K. and Thomas B. Helm Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Hofmann Mr. and Mrs. Gary M. Holloway Mr. and Mrs. William T. Howard Mr. and Mrs. James W. Hutchin Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Kenworthy III

Mr. and Mrs. Jerome R. Keough Ms. Susan Kokat George and Lois Krall Mr. and Mrs. D. Christopher Le Vine Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Legnini Tim Lewis Marlborough Farm Ms. Victoria B. Mars and Mr. David R. Spina Mr. and Mrs. Peter J. McNeely Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. McNeil Mr. and Mrs. John D. Milner John Milner Architects, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. John Joseph Mullen Mr. and Mrs. James A. Nolen IV Mr. and Mrs. C. Warren Ormerod Ms. Leslie Payne-Zimmer Mr. and Mrs. Frank A. Pension Mr. and Mrs. William J. Petrauskas Radnor Hunt Pony Club Mr. and Mrs. David W. Rawson Donald Red Mr. and Mrs. Donald J. Resnick

Mr. and Mrs. Timothy L. Roach Cynthia M. and Steven A. Sansone Ms. Sarah Sanz Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Scanlon, Jr. Christa and Calvin Schmidt The Simkiss Family Foundation Mr. Stephen Sordoni Mr. and Mrs. Steven L. Spinner Trevor and Sandie Sutherland Mr. and Mrs. Joseph C. Swift Dr. and Mrs. Robert B. Taggart Mr. and Mrs. Anson W. H. Taylor III Mr. Richard H. Thompson Mr. Gary Tocci, in loving memory of Elizabeth A. Lloyd Mr. and Mrs. James L. Van Alen, Jr. Mr. Charles F. Van Doren Don and Nancy Weaver Mr. and Mrs. R. Richard Williams Mrs. Ethel Benson Wister Ms. Lida A. Wright Dan and Sharon Yonker Alejandro and Janine Zozaya

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Donor Support

CONSERVATIONISTS ($500 to $999) Anonymous (2) Altus Partners Benner & Sons, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Neal Bibeau Mr. and Mrs. David M. Boucher Braxton’s Animal Works, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. James J. Cleary, Jr. Comcast Corporation Cooke & Berlinger Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Cooker Ms. Laura de Ramel Dr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Diliberto Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Mr. Raymond E. Dombroski and Ms. Colleen J. DeMorat Mr. and Mrs. Patrick C. Egan Mr. Steven C. Graham and Ms. Christina W. Morin, in honor of Matt Naylor Dr. Tim Greco Dr. Stephen Gross, VMD Ms. Dorrance H. Hamilton and Mr. Daniel Benson Mr. Nathaniel P. Hamilton, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey S. Hedrick Mr. and Mrs. Harry J. Hurley III Ms. Christine V. Kanter, for Michele and Jimmy Tornetta Mrs. Anne D. Koffey Ann Ledger Architect Mr. and Mrs. Edward W. Leisenring Mr. and Mrs. Francis J. Leto Ms. Jacqueline Badger Mars Mr. and Mrs. R. John Marsh, Jr. Mrs. John B. McGowan, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Christopher K. McHugh Jim and Judy Milne Out There Outfitters Penn Systems Group, Inc. Peter Zimmerman Architects Ranieri & Kerns Associates, LLC Ms. Missy Schwartz, Prudential Fox & Roach Mrs. George Strawbridge Mr. and Mrs. Steven L. Strawbridge Mrs. Elizabeth B. Stull Dr. Sharon Taylor and Mr. Joe Cannon Mr. and Mrs. Thomas R. Trala, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Van Alen Vegetable Gardens R Us Wawa Inc. Weeds, Inc. Ted and Susan Wentz Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey R. Westphal White Horse Village

Ms. Sharon L. Wible and Mr. Richard Mankovich Ms. Josephine Winsor Mr. and Mrs. V. Scott Zelov Dr. Kathy Zoll and Mr. Joseph C. Zoll STEWARDS ($250 to $499) Anonymous (2) Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Auten Ms. Laurie M. Bachman Mr. and Mrs. Richard Barnhart Dr. and Mrs. Michael P. Bibbo Betsy and Luke Block Dr. and Mrs. Steven W. Breecker Mr. and Mrs. W. Thacher Brown Ms. Susan C. Butterworth Mr. D. Hughes Cauffman Chester-Ridley-Crum Watersheds Association Mrs. George Y. Clement Mr. and Mrs. Terence R. Decker Sallie and Saunders Dixon Mr. and Mrs. Michael P. Erdman Mr. and Mrs. John J. Fahey, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Goll Ms. Rebecca Goll Greenweaver Landscapes, LLC Jeff and Diane Groff Mr. and Mrs. Louis Hahn Mr. and Mrs. L. Stockton Illoway David and Dana Jelinek Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Jones Dr. Keith and Kim Kennedy Mr. Leonard A. King Dr. and Mrs. N. Blair LeRoy Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas S. Ludington, Jr. Mr. Ralph W. Marsh Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. McKenna, Jr. Jay and Nancy Mossman Mr. and Mrs. Britton Murdoch Anne and Gary Murphy Mr. and Mrs. Peter A. Nagy Mr. and Mrs. John J. Nesbitt III Mr. and Mrs. James A. Nolen III Oliver Heating, Cooling & Plumbing Mr. and Mrs. James Patterson Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Peck Mrs. Eleanor R. Peterson Ms. Ruth H. Pike Mr. and Mrs. Stephen M. Prichard Mr. and Mrs. Peter D. Quinn Mr. and Mrs. Nathan G. Schwartz Mark D. Slouf Custom Building & Design Julie and Robert Spahr Mr. and Mrs. Arthur L. Strawbridge

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Mr. Eric W. Swanson and Ms. Susan Gerbron Swanson Mr. and Mrs. Jack M. Taylor Mr. and Mrs. James J. Tornetta Mr. and Mrs. Richard I. Torpey, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Alexander S. Van Alen Lee and Bill Warden Mr. George A. Weymouth Lisa M. Whitcomb and John H. Krick, Jr. Mr. Thomas K. Whitford and Ms. Margaret Lehr Whitford Mr. and Mrs. Jerold T. Wright Mr. and Mrs. Peter H. Zimmerman PROTECTORS ($100 to $249) Anonymous (7) Mr. William Tylee Ranney Abbott Mr. and Mrs. E. Page Allinson Mr. and Mrs. Peter Archer Ardrossan Beagles, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. David Arnold Ms. Hazel E. Arnold Ms. Susan R. Arnold G. Russell Atkinson, MD Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey E. Baena Mr. and Mrs. Norman A. Baglini Mr. and Mrs. R. Gregory Barton Mr. Timothy M. Beadle Mr. and Mrs. James L. Beam Ms. Alane A. Becket and Mr. Gilbert B. Weisman Debbie Beer and Adrian Binns Dr. and Mrs. Wade Berrettini Ms. Elaine Brody Mr. and Mrs. Charles Brown Henry and Martha Bryans Mr. and Mrs. George A. Buckland Mr. and Mrs. Christian Bullitt Mr. and Mrs. Michael S. Burg Mr. and Mrs. Joseph R. Caspar Mrs. Lilian S. L. Chance Ms. Ilene M. Chester and Mr. Frank L. Tobin Mr. and Mrs. Thomas P. Cobb Ms. Sandy Collins Mr. and Mrs. Franklin P. Conlan Robin and Alan Crawford III Charles A. Daly IV and Julie Daly Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Davis Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. C. Davis Mr. and Mrs. C. Frederick de Long, Sr. Ms. Jolie Demchur Mrs. Jeanne S. DiLoreto Mr. and Mrs. John H. Donaldson Mr. David Dondero and Ms. Karen Platt Mr. and Mrs. Walter J. Dowling

Ms. Lisa Dudash and Mr. John P. Forde Mr. and Mrs. Richard Egen Mr. and Mrs. Dennis J. Elko Ms. Laura Jane Favela and Mr. Eric Favela Jody and Alan Fitts Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm E. Flint Mr. Joe Flood Mr. and Mrs. Keith Fox Dr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Frazier Mr. and Mrs. Samuel T. Freeman Dr. Stephanie M. Fuller Mr. and Mrs. James E. Gibson Aidan and Elaine Gilmartin Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Gilpin, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Steve Gord Dr. and Mrs. George F. Gowen Dr. and Mrs. George T. Graham Mr. and Mrs. James A. Grant, Sr. Mr. Douglas Gross Richard and Kathleen Hagan Mr. and Mrs. J. Marshall Hamilton Ms. Pamela Hamilton Andrea Hanaway, MD Mr. and Mrs. David B. Hastings Mrs. Joseph C. Hastings Ms. Ann Heckenberger Mr. and Mrs. David W. Herr Mr. Thomas P. Hogan, Jr. and Ms. Victoria E. Silbey Mr. and Mrs. A. Dunham Hollister, Jr. Walter and Tandy Hufford Mr. Todd Jackson Mr. Torben Jenk and Ms. Donna M. Walker Clay and Irene Johnson Mr. A. David Johnson, Jr. and Dr. Joanna R. Johnson Mr. William M. Keyser Mr. and Mrs. Tom Kreuzberger Ms. Catherine LaFarge Mr. and Mrs. Jay Lankford Dr. George L. Lasota and Dr. Jeanne A. Hanache Mr. and Mrs. David P. Lavins Mr. and Mrs. J. Richard Leaman, Jr. Karen Lenker Ms. Pamela E. Lewis David and Lisa Livezey Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Lownes, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. MacDonnell Ms. Joan Mackie Ms. Mary E. MacLachlan Mr. and Mrs. David F. Martin Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mason Ms. Deborah A. Mathes


The following contributors have generously supported the Trust’s conservation programs from January 1, 2012, through February 28, 2013.

Robbi and Jim McErlane Jim and Joanne McGough Ms. Terri McKernan Mr. and Mrs. Richard Clay McPherson Mr. James Meehan Mr. Barry A. Mendelson Ms. Akiko Mitsui and Mr. James Heath Mr. and Mrs. John Day Mohr Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Moser, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Steve Mostardi Mr. Britton M. Murdoch Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Naylor Orion General Contractors, Inc. Ms. Leslie Padilla Mr. David W. Palmer and Ms. Laura Sauer Palmer Ms. Edith G. Parnum Mr. and Mrs. John C. Pavlos Dr. and Mrs. George J. Peckham Mr. George R. Peel Ms. Ann Pension Rogers and Mr. Daniel Rogers Mr. and Mrs. Andrew J. Pesthy Mr. Lance Piecoro Mr. Kevin Prokop Mr. and Mrs. Leonard B. Randolph Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Randolph, Jr. Mrs. Annis Lee Reeves Ms. Krista Reichard Mr. Jason Reiser Cliff and Rita Reves The Reverend Susan M. and John H. Richards III Mr. and Mrs. George W. Robertson, Jr. Mr. David G. Rogers and Ms. S. Faye Rogers Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Roskamp Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey C. Rugen Ms. Anne Satterthwaite Mr. and Mrs. Henry E. Schellenger Mr. and Mrs. Keven Shanahan Sarah and Gary Sheehan Mr. and Mrs. Mitch Shiles Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey A. Smith Mr. and Mrs. John C. Snyder Mr. and Mrs. William T. Spane Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sprague Mr. and Mrs. RJ Stedman Ms. Sarah B. Stokes Ted and Kitty Stokes The Strange Family Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Tegler Mr. and Mrs. David B. Thayer Mr. and Mrs. Justin Thompson Mr. and Mrs. Robert Toland, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Jack Thomas Tomarchio, Esq.

Mr. John G. Turgeon Ms. Paige Turner and Mr. James Sargent, Jr. Mr. W. Scott Tuttle Mr. and Mrs. Bruce A. Ulmer Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Verhoog Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey S. Vincent Ms. Barbara R. Washburn Mr. David E. Watt Mr. and Mrs. William Y. Webb Mrs. Robert D. White, Jr. Sara Williams and Tom Koester Mr. and Mrs. David R. Wilmerding, Jr. Ms. Sabina F. Wister Mr. George C. Wood Mr. Minturn T. Wright III Ms. Sherley Young Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Zewe Jason and Susan Ziegler FRIENDS (up to $99) Anonymous (1) Mr. and Mrs. John M. Barbis Dr. and Mrs. Paul A. Barenberg Dr. William G. Baxt and Dr. Judy L. Meinkoth Mr. Roger A. Bennett and Dr. Stephanie B. Bennett Mr. Peter A. Bergson Ms. Barbara L. Bird Mr. Rodger A. Bovenkerk Mr. and Mrs. L. Steuart Brown, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Angelo A. Brutico, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Bucco Ms. Maryanne Buschini and Mr. John P. Odell Mr. and Mrs. Jay H. Calvert, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. James T. Carson Ms. Deborah Cascarino Ms. Mindy Clearfield Ms. Jonna D. Coachman Dr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Cooper Mr. Christopher B. Cryer Mr. and Mrs. John S. Custer, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Davis Ms. Rosemary DiRita Ms. Bernadette M. Downey Edgemont Beer & Cigars Ms. Virginia G. Fanfera Mr. and Mrs. Rich Farrow Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey S. Feldman Mr. and Mrs. Anthony L. Fernandes Dona and Thomas Foerster Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Ford Mr. and Mrs. John M. Gaadt Dr. and Mrs. Edward F. Gilardi

HENRY’S GARDEN

Dedicated To Grow Food For Those In Need Henry’s Garden, named in honor of Henry A. Jordan, was formally dedicated at Rushton Farm in August of 2012. Henry’s passion for open space and agriculture, combined with his compassion for the poor and the hungry, was a driving force in Chester County. His wife Barbara and extended family were present at the dedication. Led by our wonderful volunteer Sarah Hutchin, the garden has been designed and created, always with Henry in mind, to demonstrate how much produce can be grown in a relatively small space. It is a thriving example for community gardens as well as landowners of smaller plots. All of the food produced at this high-yield garden, as well as 10% of the food produced at Rushton Farm, will be donated to the Chester County Food Bank.

ABOVE: Members of the Jordan family gather at the dedication of Henry’s

Garden, a growing area at Rushton Farm dedicated to growing food for the Chester County Food Bank. The garden is named in honor of Henry A. Jordan, who did so much for the poor and underserved in our community.

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HOOF PRINT IMAGES

Ms. Penny Goulding Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Groux, Jr. Mr. Carl J. Grunwald Paul Nigel Harris Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hauler Mr. Timothy Hennessey Mr. and Mrs. John R. Hicks Mr. Eugene P. Hough and Ms. Barbara A. Hill Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Howard Mr. and Mrs. Francis B. Jacobs II Mr. and Mrs. G. James Jarratt III Ms. Kelly Johnson and Mr. Jim Coyne Ms. Liz Kania Mr. Jeffrey D. Katz and The Honorable Kathleen M. Katz Ms. Gabriella Kecskes Dr. David M. Kenosian Bill and Ruth Kommer Ms. Joanne E. Kostick Ms. Lauren Ladenheim Mr. and Mrs. Steven Ladenheim Mr. Donald R. Levan Ms. Denise Liszewski Ms. Jane Mackie Malvern Boy Scout Pack 77 Mr. Michael Mays Mrs. Gwynne G. McDevitt Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. McDonough Mr. and Mrs. Daniel P. McHugh Ms. Lynn McMonagle Mike and Patti Morgan Ms. Kristen Morsman Mr. and Mrs. William F. Mowbray Mrs. Marion R. Murphy Ms. Diane Murray Ms. Judith A. Myers Ms. Deborah P. Nason-Naples Mr. Marc E. O’Neill Mr. and Mrs. Martin R. Page PennyClick Donor Advised Fund Pete’s Produce Farm Mr. Todd W. Richards Mr. and Mrs. J. Permar Richards III Ms. Stevi R. Richards Mr. Benjamin K. Rodgers Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Schaefer Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Schwab Mrs. Dorothy F. Sellers Mr. Edwin H. Shafer Frances and Keith Sharkan Mr. and Mrs. Ken Silverwood Jim and Ellen Simmons Mr. Joseph A. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Derek C. Stedman Jo Ann and Dave Stephens Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Thayer, Jr. Craig and Judy Thomas Mr. Michael G. Tillson III Mr. and Mrs. Peter Unger Laurens and Brint Van Alen’s

Lemonade Stand Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Warner Ms. Marilyn Whiteman Ms. Catherine F. Williams Mr. and Mrs. Charles Zeien CORPORATE MATCHING GIFTS The Bank of New York Mellon Community Partnership ING Foundation Johnson & Johnson Matching Gifts Program JPMorgan Chase Foundation Microsoft Matching Gifts Program Pfizer Foundation Saint-Gobain Corporation Foundation The Vanguard Group Foundation MEMORIAL GIFTS In Memory of Grace Cooker Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Cooker Henry’s Harvest In Memory of Henry A. Jordan Chester County Food Bank Alice and Peter Hausmann Legacy Planning Partners Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. MacDonnell Mr. and Mrs. Richard Clay McPherson Mr. and Mrs. James L. Van Alen II In Memory of Elizabeth A. Lloyd Mr. Gary Tocci In Memory of Jill Townsend Red Dr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Cooper Ms. Ann Heckenberger Mr. and Mrs. George F. Krall, Jr. Ms. Catherine LaFarge The Pfizer Foundation Mr. Kevin Prokop In Memory of Robert A. Thomas Mr. and Mrs. Peter C. Archer SPECIAL GIFTS Community Farm Program Mr. and Mrs. Gary A. Cox GBH Foundation Aidan and Elaine Gilmartin Mr. Scott T. Hattersley Bird Conservation Program Debbie Beer and Adrian Binns Birding Club of Delaware County Mr. Rodger A. Bovenkerk Robin and Alan Crawford III Dick and Nancy Eales Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey S. Feldman

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LEFT: Radnor Hunt Pony Club donated $2,000 to the Trust from proceeds of the 2012 Chase for Conservation. Over 100 riders enjoyed the Chase crossing hundreds of acres of protected lands in the Willistown area.

Germantown Academy Aidan and Elaine Gilmartin Mr. and Mrs. William T. Howard Malvern Boy Scout Pack 77 Dr. F. Arthur McMorris and Dr. Joanna Balcarek McMorris Mr. Jim Myers The Pegan Family The Rosin Family Mr. Nick Spagnuolo Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sprague Wawa Inc. Ms. Lida A. Wright Internship Fund Mr. and Mrs. Neal Bibeau Mr. and Mrs. James Bruder Mr. and Mrs. Christian Bullitt Dick and Nancy Eales Mr. and Mrs. Samuel T. Freeman Dr. Stephanie M. Fuller Dr. Tim Greco Alice and Peter Hausmann Mr. Francis M. Jennings Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Layden, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. D. Christopher Le Vine Mr. and Mrs. Francis J. Leto Mr. and Mrs. John B. McGowan, Jr. Ms. Terri McKernan Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. McMenamin Mr. and Mrs. Britton H. Murdoch Mr. Britton M. Murdoch Ms. Sarah Sanz Mr. and Mrs. Roberto Sella Lang and Marilyn Smith Mr. and Mrs. Peter S. Strawbridge Mr. and Mrs. James L. Van Alen II Mr. and Mrs. Douglas C. Walker Tana and Michael Wall Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey C. Warden The Honorable and Mrs. Thomas D. Watkins Don and Nancy Weaver Mr. and Mrs. R. Richard Williams Mr. and Mrs. V. Scott Zelov Trail Fund Mr. Timothy M. Beadle Ms. Alane A. Becket and Mr. Gilbert B. Weisman Mr. Roger A. Bennett and Dr. Stephanie B. Bennett Ms. Barbara L. Bird Mr. and Mrs. Angelo A. Brutico, Jr. Ms. Sandy Collins Mr. and Mrs. Craig W. Cullen, Jr. Sallie and Saunders Dixon Mr. and Mrs. Alan C. Fitts Mr. and Mrs. Paul Gansky Mr. Brook Gardner and Ms. Jodi Spragins Dr. and Mrs. Robert Good Andrea Hanaway, MD

Mr. and Mrs. David W. Herr Mr. and Mrs. A. Dunham Hollister, Jr. Mr. Eugene P. Hough and Ms. Barbara A. Hill Mr. and Mrs. G. James Jarratt III Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Jones Ms. Liz Kania Mr. and Mrs. Tom Kreuzberger Ms. Lauren Ladenheim Mr. and Mrs. Steven Ladenheim Ms. Denise Liszewski Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Lownes, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mason Mrs. Gwynne G. McDevitt Robbi and Jim McErlane Mrs. J. Maxwell Moran Dr. and Mrs. George J. Peckham Mr. and Mrs. Arthur E. Newbold IV Ms. Stevi R. Richards Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Schwab Mr. Joseph A. Smith Mr. Michael G. Tillson III Mr. and Mrs. James J. Tornetta Mr. and Mrs. James L. Van Alen II Tana and Michael Wall Willistown Area Trails Association Beneficiary Income Radnor Hounds Foundation’s What Happens in the Barn... Radnor Hunt Pony Club’s Chasing for Conservation 2012 RUN-A-MUCK Event Host Esther and Paul Gansky Event Co-Chairs Jayme and Bryan Colket Catharine and Gary Cox Christine and Fritz Seving Jody and Dale Vandegrift Presenting Sponsor Northern Trust Scrumptious Supper Sponsor Brushwood Stable Band Sponsor Kreischer Miller Canine Sponsor The Walker Pups: Chewie, Gwen, Stella, Roo, Lola, Ceilidh and Dot Finish Line Sponsor Catharine and Gary Cox Major Muckety-Muck Sponsor Barnard, Mezzanotte, Pinnie & Seelaus, LLP


James Brown Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning Warren Claytor Architects Elite Group, LLC Gardner/Fox Griffiths Construction, Inc. John Milner Architects, Inc. Muckety-Muck Sponsor Benner & Sons, Inc. Braxton’s Animal Works, Inc. Cooke & Berlinger Ann Ledger Architect Out There Outfitters Penn Systems Group, Inc. Ranieri & Kerns Associates, LLC Missy Schwartz, Prudential Fox & Roach Vegetable Gardens R Us Weeds, Inc. White Horse Village Peter Zimmerman Architects Supporting Sponsor Chester-Ridley-Crum Watersheds Association Oliver Heating, Cooling & Plumbing Mark Slouf Custom Building & Design Prize Sponsors Bryn Mawr Racing Company Mr. Todd MacFarlane Northern Trust Out There Outfitters CELEBRATING RUSHTON Presenting Sponsor The Bryn Mawr Trust Company Event Co-Chairs Janice and Britton Murdoch Leanne and Rob McMenamin Toe-Tappers - Band Sponsor Tana and Michael Wall Wine & Cheese Supporters Lele and Brad Galer, Galer Estate and Winery Victoria and Christopher Le Vine, Grace Winery Susan and Ken Miller, Birchrun Hills Farm Martha and Jerry Pisano, Highland Farm Dairy Auction Supporters Dick Eales Mr. Samuel T. Freeman, Auctioneer Ms. Lisa Kiziuk, WCT Director of Bird Conservation Mr. and Mrs. Britton H. Murdoch Victor Emanuel Nature Tours Mr. Sean Weinberg of Restaurant Alba Mr. Donald B. Wilkins, Jr. BEER FOR BIRDS Ancient Ale Expert Dr. Patrick McGovern Event Host Mr. Stephen Sordoni Ancient Ale Provider Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

EVENT PATRONS Anonymous (4) Franny and Franny Abbott Mr. Timothy B. Barnard Mr. and Mrs. Richard Barnhart Mr. and Mrs. L. Clarke Blynn Mr. and Mrs. David M. Boucher Mr. and Mrs. Douglas S. Briggs Mr. and Mrs. Charles Brown Mr. and Mrs. Angelo A. Brutico, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Warren I. Claytor Mr. and Mrs. James J. Cleary, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. David R. Cohen Mr. and Mrs. Bryan D. Colket Mr. and Mrs. Tristram C. Colket, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Cooker Mr. and Mrs. Gary A. Cox Robin and Alan Crawford III Mr. and Mrs. Craig W. Cullen, Jr. Carol and J.R. Delich Mr. Raymond E. Dombroski and Ms. Colleen J. DeMorat Mr. and Mrs. Robert V. Duprey Dick and Nancy Eales Mr. and Mrs. Rich Farrow Lynn and Steve Flynn Mr. and Mrs. Paul Gansky Mr. Brook Gardner and Ms. Jodi Spragins Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Genuardi Dr. and Mrs. Robert Good Penny Goulding Mr. and Mrs. Louis Hahn The Hamilton Family Foundation Anne and Matt Hamilton Mr. and Mrs. John W. Hardin Philip J. and Elizabeth A. Harvey Alice and Peter Hausmann Mr. and Mrs. J. David Hucker Mr. and Mrs. Harry J. Hurley III Mr. Francis M. Jennings Dick and Nancy Klavans Mrs. Anne D. Koffey Ms. Susan Kokat Mr. and Mrs. Jay Lankford Mr. and Mrs. D. Christopher Le Vine Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Legnini Dr. and Mrs. N. Blair LeRoy Ms. Jacqueline B. Mars Mr. and Mrs. John B. McGowan, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Christopher K. McHugh Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. McMenamin Dr. F. Arthur McMorris and Dr. Joanna Balcarek McMorris Mr. and Mrs. Collin F. McNeil Mrs. J. Maxwell Moran Mr. and Mrs. Peter C. Morse Mr. and Mrs. John Joseph Mullen Mr. and Mrs. Britton Murdoch Mr. and Mrs. Britton H. Murdoch Mr. and Mrs. Arthur E. Newbold IV Donna and Bill Oliver Mr. and Mrs. John C. Pavlos Mr. and Mrs. Frank A. Pension Mr. and Mrs. William J. Petrauskas Mr. and Mrs. Donald J. Resnick Mr. and Mrs. Timothy L. Roach Ms. Ann Pension Rogers and Mr. Daniel Rogers Mr. and Mrs. Roberto Sella Mr. and Mrs. Frederick T. Seving III Sarah and Gary Sheehan Lang and Marilyn Smith Mr. Stephen Sordoni

Julie and Robert Spahr Mr. and Mrs. Steven L. Spinner Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Strawbridge Mrs. Bruner H. Strawbridge Mr. and Mrs. Peter S. Strawbridge Mrs. Elizabeth B. Stull Mr. Matthew Taylor and Ms. Francie Ingersoll Dr. Sharon Taylor and Mr. Joe Cannon Mr. and Mrs. Stuart A. Taylor Mr. Richard H. Thompson Mr. and Mrs. James J. Tornetta Mr. and Mrs. James L. Van Alen II Mrs. William L. Van Alen, Sr.

Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey S. Vincent The Honorable and Mrs. Thomas D. Watkins Don and Nancy Weaver Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey R. Westphal Ms. Marilyn Whiteman Ms. Sharon Wible and Mr. Richard Mankovich Mr. Mike Williams Mr. and Mrs. R. Richard Williams Mr. Henry Winsor Mrs. Ethel Benson Wister Ms. Sabina F. Wister Alejandro and Janine Zozaya

TRAILS TEAM FORMED Working To Connect And Preserve Our Trails

Mapping trail corridors is a major priority of the newly formed subcommittee. Besides its abundance of over 6,000 acres of countryside permanently protected from development, Willistown has long been known for its lovely network of trails, consisting of both eased (permanently protected) and uneased equestrian and pedestrian trails. In October of 2012, the “Willistown Trails Team” was formally created as a subcommittee of the Trust’s Land Protection committee. With the support of the community, the Trails Team Subcommittee is committed to assuring the ultimate connectivity and preservation of our precious trail network. Its goals are to (1) identify and map critical equestrian and pedestrian trail corridors within the Trust’s program area; (2) develop strategies for acquiring trail easements on currently unprotected trails; and (3) coordinate with landowners to improve access to, and maintenance of, both protected and unprotected trails. Barbara Vincent, a long time trail rider who knows the territory well, has graciously volunteered to head the Trails Team Subcommittee. She’s joined by a hardworking group of land conservation advocates, foxhunters, recreational riders, and outdoors lovers. For more info, email John Turgeon at jgt@wctrust.org.

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GET TO KNOW ASHBRIDGE We ’ v e G o t Tr a i l s !

Ashbridge Preserve is a little known natural jewel in our midst. You’ve probably driven by it, and perhaps you have taken a walk there. Located on East Strasburg Road in East Goshen Township, this 59 acre nature preserve offers a newly completed 1.25-mile trail loop. Ashbridge is largely comprised of woodland and open grassland, with Ridley Creek as the preserve’s unifying natural feature. Access to the preserve was greatly enhanced in 2011 by the construction of two stepping stone crossings on the main stem of Ridley Creek and one of its tributaries using grant funds from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Last year, the Trust launched a project to design and clear a trail network to allow visitors to further explore the preserve. Thanks to the hard work of students from the Shipley School and Episcopal Academy’s community service programs, most of the preserve’s new trails have been cleared, and by late spring of this year, we anticipate the path system will be complete, with trail markers and signage to guide you. The new trails will create a 1.25mile trail loop. Along your journey through Ashbridge, we encourage you to visit our two habitat restoration projects. Planted almost six years ago, our thriving riparian buffer (stream bank) restoration project along Ridley Creek includes over 100 native trees and shrubs. And in May we will be installing a scrub-shrub demonstration plot just north of the kiosk near the parking lot. Funded by our Toyota TogetherGreen grant, this planting will demonstrate the importance of preserving — and enhancing — the shrubby areas found throughout Willistown’s countryside as key habitat for fledgling birds.

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DONATED OR DISCOUNTED GOODS AND SERVICES Anonymous (1) A.J. Blosenski, Inc. Carly Abbott Photography Amerasport Arader Tree Service, Inc. Barnard’s Orchard Debbie Beer and Adrian Binns Benner & Sons, Inc. Birchrun Hills Farm Bryn Mawr Landscaping Co., Inc. Bryn Mawr Racing Company Camp Fernwood Chester County Food Bank Mr. and Mrs. Bryan D. Colket Mr. and Mrs. Gary A. Cox Robin and Alan Crawford III Mr. Charles A. Daly IV Mary Hunt Davis Photography Mr. Terence R. Decker Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Mr. Roger Dwyer Dick Eales Edgemont Beer & Cigars Mr. Amos Esh Bill Ewing Mr. Rusty Fogel Freeman’s Galer Estate Vineyard & Winery Mr. and Mrs. Paul Gansky Grace Winery Alice and Peter Hausmann Highland Farm Dairy Hoof Print Images Mr. and Mrs. James W. Hutchin Mr. and Mrs. Roy M. Jackson Jimmy Duffy’s Catering Mr. and Mrs. Anthony C. Keane Mr. Matthew Kessler Mr. Kyle Kielinski Ms. Lucy M. Kiziuk Ms. Susan Kokat LaCabra Brewing Legacy Planning Partners Mr. John Irving Levenberg Mrs. Lawrence E. MacElree Mr. Todd MacFarlane Dr. Patrick McGovern Mostardi Nursery Mr. and Mrs. Britton H. Murdoch Northern Trust Out There Outfitters Mr. Jim S. Rankin Redbud Native Plant Nursery Joseph A. Smith Generators Mr. Stephen Sordoni Ms. Eileen Stoveld Taylor Rental of Malvern Mr. Justin Thompson Victor Emanuel Nature Tours Victory Brewing Company Mr. Sean Weinberg of Restaurant Alba Mr. Donald B. Wilkins, Jr.


volunteers INTERNS AND APPRENTICES Todd Alleger Josh Bland Matt Danalutti Julia Fisher Kelsey Lingle Bronwyn Livezey Ben Reynard Chris Rorer Amanda Simon Natalie Staples VOLUNTEERS Brit Adams Edgar and Cyndi Andrews III Erika Arnold Laurie Bachman Alice Backlund Sidne Baglini Lindsay Barrow Priscilla Baysinger Debbie Beer Clyde and Donna Beers Dorrance Hamilton Benson and Daniel Benson Adrian Binns John Black Clarke and Barbara Blynn Katie Bonsoski Sally Bridwell Brianna Brigham Bracken Brown Lisa and Charles Brown Christian and Alice Bullitt Chad and Kristin Byers Brian J. Byrnes Sarah Chenkin Warren I. and Caroline H. Claytor Jayme Colket Maureen Conlon Anna Costello Catherine Cox Alan Crawford III Craig Cullen, Jr. and Carolyn Cullen Carolyn Ann Davis Chase and Shannon Davis Sanford and Lisa Davne Godefroy Devevy Alex de Long Mimi Davis Walt Dowling Dandy Drain Nancy Eales Episcopal Academy Community Service crews Jesse Estlow John Finkbiner Shaina Flynn Tom and Christine Foga Drew and Regina Fox Samuel and Tracy Freeman Diana Funchion Kim and Russell Galligher Paul and Esther Gansky Brook Gardner Jeff and Kelly Geibel Jay Geipel

Jean McManus Good and Robert Good Steve and Kat Gord Janet Gorman James and Eliza Gowen II Louis Hahn John and Janet Ham Nathaniel Hamilton, Jr. Sam Hamilton Josh Harmony Pam Harrison Barbara Hartman Meg Hauler Peter Hausmann F. Frederick and Erin Herz IV Lynn Hitschler Evelyn Howard David Hucker Sarah Hutchin Jason and Sarah Ingle Frederic and Olga Jackson Kelly Johnson Anthony, Kari and Alex Keane Andrew and Denise Kerns Susan Kokat Heather Kostick Robert Lange Ann Ledger Ken Leister Linda LeRoy Legacy Planning Partners Robert and Betsy Legnini Pamela Lewis Robert MacDonnell Tristram MacDonnell Jennifer and Todd MacFarlane Mary MacLachlan Carson McClain Matthew McGeever Doris McGovern Michael J. McGraw Chris and Gina McHugh Mary and Stephan McLoughlin Leanne and Robert McMenamin Joanna McMorris Nia McNeil Charles A. Melton Arts & Education Center volunteers Whitney Sterling Michaels and Gregory Michaels Charles Moller Mrs. J. Maxwell Moran Brian and Jill Muck Britton Murdoch Peter and Pamela Nagy Matt and Heather Naylor Douglass S. Newbold IV Kelley Nunn Mike and Cherie O’Callaghan Christina Okpaku Donna and Bill Oliver Andrew Orr and Elizabeth Evert Orr Bruce Park Jaclyn Pavlos William J. and Karen S. Petrauskas Adam Pinos Mary Kay Peterson Kelly Prevost

Many thanks to all our volunteers. List reflects volunteer activities between March 1, 2012 and February 28, 2013. Ilse Purrenhage Josh Quinlan Jason Racey Sally Randolph Jim Rankin Cliff Reves Todd Richards Ann Pension Rogers Diane and Robert Roskamp Anne Satterthwaite Margaret Schiffer Cooper Schlegel Jenny Schlegel Alex Seewald Elena Seidenglanz-Bowes Alice Sevareid Frederick Seving III Edwin Shafer, Jr. The Shipley School Community Service crew Deacon Shorr Saleka Shyamalan Lang and Marilyn Smith Stephen Sordoni Michael Snyder Eli St. Amour Mary Catherine Staples Mark Starecky Derek Stedman Eileen Stoveld

Tori Strange Arthur and Doris Strawbridge Elizabeth Strawbridge Steven Strawbridge Sandie Sutherland Debra and Adare Taylor Marilyn Taylor Matthew Taylor and Francie Ingersoll Dr. Sharon Taylor Justin and Carolyn Thompson Melanie Tunnell Carolyn Turner Paige Turner and James Sargent, Jr. Jim Van Alen Robert and Colby Van Alen Dale and Jody Vandegrift Ann-Jeanette Vasko Jeff and Barbara Vincent Michael Wall Doug and Jane Walker Jeff Warden Rick and Kathy Warden Zoe Warner Thomas and Penelope Watkins West Goshen Township Summer Teen Program Michael Whitnah Sara Williams

Elizabeth Wilson Elliott Wilson Josephine Winsor Henry Winsor Ken Winston Effie Wister Diane Zewe Mark Zibinski

This list may be incomplete. Please forgive any omissions or errors.

OUR INTERNSHIP FUND Changes Lives Over $12,000 was raised for our internship programs at last year’s Celebrating Rushton’s live auction, enabling the Trust to provide seven talented and deserving individuals with a stipend and invaluable hands-on experiences. These seven interns, including farm intern Josh Bland shown below, gained life and learning experiences for themselves and, in turn, made significant contributions to our programs. The Trust is currently receiving applications from other deserving young people for 2012. We hope that we can add their stories to those our supporters made possible in 2012. To support our Internship Fund, please contact Laura de Ramel, Director of Development and Community Outreach, at 610.353.2562, ext 21 or lkd@ wctrust.org.

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The Sycamore WILLISTOWN CONSERVATION TRUST 925 Providence Road Newtown Square, PA 19073 www.wctrust.org

JOIN US ON MAY 11th

NON-PROFIT ORG. U.S. POSTAGE PAID SOUTHEASTERN, PA PERMIT NO. 96

for a tour of five of Willistown’s most beautiful barns and working lands, followed by a Bountiful BBQ farm-to-table supper. From restored 19th century gems to authentic Chester County reproductions, there’s a barn sure to please everyone. Cocktails, local cheese, and Chef Brian Storey’s new interpretation of American BBQ featuring foods from our own Rushton Farm and other local farms promise to make a memorable evening. More information and online registration at www.wctrust.org.


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