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Even though the snow might be slowly disappearing, keep in mind that snow on the ground can be a great opportunity to engage in outdoor activities! Snow cover as well as freezing temperatures help to reduce the risk of tick transmissions from the woods to yourself or your pets. Snow and below freezing temperatures force adults ticks into a state of dormancy, so such conditions are perfect for getting out and going for a winter hike. When temperatures rise above 35 degrees, this may seem like ideal weather to enjoy the outdoors, but ticks also become more active in above-freezing temperatures. This makes it important to check yourself as well as your pets for ticks after any outdoor adventure in temperatures above 35 degrees. And don’t forget, a winter hike is also a great way to get some exercise as well as fresh air!! . . . . #hiking #hikingadventures #clearfieldcounty #westernpa #pennsylvania #pa #snow #snowhike #snowhiking #outdoors #headwatercharitabletrust #hwct #Fishing #pennsylvaniaisbeautiful #pennsylvania_wild #hikingwithdogs #hikingtrails #nature

Today is Wildlife Conservation Day, which was created to raise awareness about wildlife crime that occurs throughout the world. Several different groups of species such as elephants, rhinos, tigers, and many others are all threatened by poaching activities. These animals are illegally harvested for various materials, such as the ivory obtained from elephant tusks. There is a black market demand for such products, and monetary gain is the main driver of poaching in these cases. This is a global and many-faceted challenge that requires the cooperation of many different organizations as well as governmental agencies. Closer to home, poaching activities still threaten wildlife populations and the opportunities for law-abiding hunters to enjoy the outdoors. If you want to learn more about wildlife crime and the conservation actions being taken to eliminate it, follow the link below! https://www.worldwildlife.org/stories/wildlife-conservation-day . . . #headwaters #headwatercharitabletrust #hwct #pennsylvania #jeffersoncountypa #clearfieldpa #thanksgiving #givethanks #giveback #paparks #preservationpa #pa #pastateparks #reduce #reuse #recycle #conservation #pennsylvaniaisbeautiful #pennsylvanialife #conservative #wildlife #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeplanet

We hope everyone’s Thanksgiving holiday was relaxing and safe! If you or your family have any non-perishable food items left over from recipes, consider donating them to your local food pantry! This time of year more than ever, food donations are incredibly important for keeping local pantries stocked with the items they need to run properly. Another practice you could follow is to look up new recipes using leftovers from your Thanksgiving meal instead of throwing them away! This is a way to reduce waste while at the same time enjoying a new flavor combination with the same ingredients. Also, during your black Friday shopping if you purchase anything through amazon please consider going through amazon smiles where you can donate some of the money that you’re spending anyway to a charity of your choice! Theres a lot of people in need right now so think about ways you can help if you’re able too! . . . . #headwaters #headwatercharitabletrust #hwct #pennsylvania #jeffersoncountypa #clearfieldpa #thanksgiving #givethanks #giveback #paparks #preservationpa #pa #pastateparks #reduce #reuse #recycle #conservation #pennsylvaniaisbeautiful #pennsylvanialife

Today is America Recycles Day, which was created in order to raise awareness about recycling and purchasing products made with recycled materials. One primary way to help reduce waste is to recycle empty containers and other materials instead of throwing them away. Recycling such items allows them to be made into new materials and products instead of letting them slowly decompose in a landfill over centuries, where they can potentially cause harm to the environment. You can also make it a point to buy items made with recyclable material whenever you can, because you know that product was made sustainably. If you don’t already recycle or buy such items, consider starting these practices today in order to help reduce waste and protect the environment! . . . . . #pennsylvania #clearfieldcounty #pa #pennsylvaniaisbeautiful #pennsylvanian #trees #leaves #colors #fallvibes #trails #hiking #hikingadventures #outdoors #naturesbeauty #lovetheoutdoors #headwaters #headwaterscharitabletrust #hwct #paparks #naturelovers #enviroment #makeadifference #bekind #thanksgiving #helpothers #community #recycle #redusereuserecycle

Today is National Make a Difference Day! With the world in its current state, there are many things one can do to make a difference. Making a difference doesn’t mean changing the world by yourself, it can mean anything from helping an individual with a small task or participating in a group effort to create positive change. These small things could include providing someone with the ability to finally have a coat for the winter or to be able to cook Thanksgiving dinner for their family. Other activities could include joining a volunteer group or donating to an organization that gives back to the community and/or environment. Due to the pandemic, many people are struggling right now and being able to make a difference to one person or family is still creating a positive impact in the world. Here are some examples of things any one can easily do to help: -Donate clothes from the back of your closet to a family or shelter in need -Donate food to a local food bank to allow families the ability to make Thanksgiving dinner -If you participating in a large-game hunting season, consider donating your extra harvest donate -Donate the treats and toys your dogs don't enjoy any more to your local animal shelter . . . . . #pennsylvania #clearfieldcounty #pa #pennsylvaniaisbeautiful #pennsylvanian #nature #fall #fallfoliage #trees #leaves #colors #fallvibes #trails #hiking #hikingadventures #outdoors #naturesbeauty #lovetheoutdoors #headwaters #headwaterscharitabletrust #hwct #paparks #naturelovers #enviroment #makeadifference #bekind #thanksgiving #helpothers #community

Fall is everyones favorite season, why? because of the beautiful colors! if you’re in clearfield county with us we are currently at peak with our stunning colors. PAs fall foliage is know for being one of the prettiest. People came all over just to see our trees! What does this mean? this means go enjoy our wonderful views with friends social distancing or go on hikes with your pets. This means to just go enjoy nature and enjoy how beautiful Pennsylvania is. If you are a friend from a surrounding county you can check when your peak foliage was/will be here https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/Conservation/ForestsAndTrees/FallFoliageReports/Pages/default.aspx. Enjoy this amazing season and be safe! . . . . . . #pennsylvania #clearfieldcounty #pa #pennsylvaniaisbeautiful #pennsylvanian #nature #fall #fallfoliage #trees #leaves #colors #fallvibes #trails #hiking #hikingadventures #outdoors #naturesbeauty #lovetheoutdoors #headwaters #headwaterscharitabletrust #hwct #paparks #naturelovers #enviroment

Covid-19 has driven the United States economy into a sudden and deep recession, hitting local businesses as well as multibillion-dollar corporations. Less noticed has been the immense toll on nonprofits. Even as the economic crisis creates new demand for services, many nonprofits are resorting to layoffs as revenues dry up. The impact of COVID-19 on the nonprofit community is unprecedented. It has affected the capacity and sustainability of every nonprofit—from education to the environment, affordable housing to mental health services, animal welfare to the arts—no organization is unscathed. COVID-19 has upped the ante, leaving the survival of many organizations in questions. A survey of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on nonprofit groups across Pennsylvania paints an alarming picture of increased demand and flagging the ability of a safety-net for charities to keep pace, according to the results. As fund-raising events have been canceled, donations have dried up, and program fees have vanished, 71% from every Pennsylvania county projected a collective revenue shortfall of $42 million and counting. Nonprofit organizations play a vital role in building healthy communities by providing critical services that contribute to economic stability and mobility. We also strengthen communities in other important ways. Frequently, as nonprofit leaders, we are the voice of the people we serve. If you have the ability, please donate to non profit organizations like Headwaters Charitable Trust. It is more important now than ever before. . . . . . #Covid19 #donate #covid #headwaterscharitabletrust #EconomicCrisis #Nonprofit #PandemicImpact #headwaters #hwct #paparks #pa #pennsylvania #reduce #reuse #recycle #environment #green #gogreen #peace #keeppeace #greenpeace #pennsylvaniaisbeautiful #keepitclean #greenthumb #greenearth #nature #naturelovers #environmentallyfriendly #environmentalist #environmentalscience

Today is national hunting and fishing day! Both of these activities are crucial in benefiting wildlife management and providing recreational opportunities. Hunting allows people to enjoy the outdoors and connect with nature in a way that few other activities allow. Hunting is also critically important for providing state agencies with funding for habitat management, research, and many other projects. Fishing is an activity that is incredibly accessible for anyone, because you can either fish right at the edge of a pond or you can hike miles into the wilderness to search for native trout. The sale of fishing licenses provides funds to state agencies for stocking efforts and habitat improvement. Engage in these activities as a great way to connect with nature and help conserve wildlife! . . . . . . #headwaters #headwaterscharitabletrust #hwct #paparks #pa #pennsylvania #reduce #reuse #recycle #environment #green #gogreen #peace #keeppeace #greenpeace #pennsylvaniaisbeautiful #keepitclean #greenthumb #greenearth #nature #naturelovers #environmentallyfriendly #environmentaljustice #environmentalist #environmentalscience #enviromentfriendly #autumn #hunting #Fishing #nationalhuntingandfishingday

Today officially marks the first day of Autumn. This is a time of year full of transitions and changes in nature, from deciduous trees losing their leaves to the annual migrations of many wildlife species. Many species use daylight levels as well as weather conditions to time these migrations. Trees losing their leaves are an important step in creating heathy and sustainable forests. Fall is also the primary time for many hunting seasons in Pennsylvania, which are usually timed with respect for species-specific breeding seasons. Remember that fall is a time to celebrate plenty and be thankful for all of the things that nature provides. . . . . . . #headwaters #headwaterscharitabletrust #hwct #paparks #pa #pennsylvania #reduce #reuse #recycle #environment #green #gogreen #peace #keeppeace #greenpeace #pennsylvaniaisbeautiful #keepitclean #greenthumb #greenearth #nature #naturelovers #environmentallyfriendly #environmentaljustice #wnvironmentalist #environmentalscience #enviromentfriendly #autumn #autumnvibes🍁

49 years ago today 17 activists protesting nuclear testing off the shores of Alaska, Greenpeace initiated a movement that now boasts a worldwide membership. Taking on environmental issues and raising awareness, their campaigns continually strive to support and preserve the Earth and its natural resources. That is why today is Greenpeace Day. Today is not just about protesting, it is about doing better for the world. This is our planet and we need to take care of it for not just our future but our kids. Take the time to think and care about what you put in the air, water and the ground. Take the time to realize this is our job to help. . . . . . . #headwaters #headwaterscharitabletrust #hwct #paparks #pa #pennsylvania #reduce #reuse #recycle #environment #green #gogreen #peace #keeppeace #greenpeace #pennsylvaniaisbeautiful #keepitclean #greenthumb #greenearth #nature #naturelovers #environmentallyfriendly #environmentaljustice #wnvironmentalist #environmentalscience #enviromentfriendly

We are holding our annual clay shoot on Friday, September 25th at Warriors Mark Wingshooting Lodge & Kennels. We hold this every year as a way to help support our land and water restoration projects. It is a great chance for you to help make a difference while also having fun. During this event we offer several different sponsorship opportunities, raffles, and awards for the top 3 teams and top 3 individual scorers. Our complete schedule and safety procedures can be found at http://hwct.org/events/headwaters-charitable-trust-6th-annual-sporting-clays-challenge/. This is also the same link you and your team can register through and find out more about the sponsorship opportunities. This link will also be in our bio. Remember to stay safe and have fun! . . . . . . #headwaterscharitabletrust #hwct #events #pennsylvania #pennsylvaniaevents #westernpa #westernpennsylvania #paparks #pa #pennsylvaniaisbeautiful #clayshooting #clayshoot #nature #waterrestoration #landrestoration #pennsylvania_wild #pennsylvanian #pennsylvanialife

Today is national eat outside day. Eating outside is something we definitely used to take for granted. Now, during this weird time, we kind of rely on it. Wether it's finally being able to eat outside at your favorite restaurant safely or to be able to have an outdoor picnic with a friend 6 feet apart at a local park that’s how life is right now. It is a fact that being outside is way more safe than indoors right now due to the pandemic. Since this is the way of life right now might as well enjoy it and take advantage of nature during it. If you miss your friends look up some local parks that won’t be too busy, pack up a picnic basket with all of your favorites tell them to do the same and to meet you at the park. Make it an afternoon experience, look up what trees are around you. Listen to the different birds. Use this pandemic and you missing your friends to just enjoy nature. . . . . . #headwaters #headwaterscharitabletrust #nature #outdoors #picnic #parks #pennsylvania #eatlocal #Eat #eatoutside #eatoutdoors #Friends #pandemic #paparks

With this post we are going to the dogs! This past Wednesday, August 26th, we celebrated National Dog Day. On this day hold in high esteem all our furry friends in the best ways possible! Can you believe that our furry friends have been with us for at least 14,000 years? Thank goodness for that because what would we do without man’s best friend? This special day was created in 2004 to draw attention to the number of dogs in shelters and to encourage adoption to those who have yet to find a place to call home. We rescued our dog Jasper from a kill shelter the day before he was to be euthanized when he was only 9 months old. Jasper is now 10 years young. Also, celebrated in August is the “Dog Days of Summer”. The dog days of summer are known for being among the hottest of the season. Such days conjure up listless floating in the pool, scrambling to find shade and, of course, dogs panting even though they haven't been running around. According to the Farmers almanac, this period of sweltering weather coincides with the year’s heliacal (meaning “at sunrise”) rising of Sirius, the Dog Star. Sirius is part of the constellation Canis Majoris—the “Greater Dog”—which is where Sirius gets its canine nickname, as well as its official name, Alpha Canis Majoris. Not including our own Sun, Sirius is the brightest star in the sky. In ancient Greece and Rome, the Dog Days were believed to be a time of drought, bad luck, and unrest, when dogs and men alike would be driven mad by the extreme heat. Today, the phrase doesn’t conjure up such bad imagery but perhaps phases like to be 'dog-tired,' sick as a dog,' or go to the dogs'. So as we celebrate National Dog Day and the dog days of summer, we must appreciate the unconditional love and benefits owning a dog brings. Dogs make us happy. They make us more social and help relieve stress. Even though most people think that we’re the ones taking care of our dogs, it’s actually mutual: they take care of us as well, too. . . . . #headwaterscharitabletrust #hwct #pennsylvania #NationalDogDay #dogs #dogsofinstagram #doglovers #pennsylvanian #pa #environment #environmentaljustice #environmentallyfriendly #outdoors

August 20th is World Mosquito Day. Water is home to more than 3,000 different species of mosquitoes throughout the world; currently 176 species are recognized in the United States. The use of the word "mosquito" is apparently of North American origin and dates back to about 1583. In Europe, mosquitoes were called "gnats" by the English. Mosquitoes cause more human suffering than any other organism -- over one million people worldwide die from mosquito-borne diseases every year. Not only can mosquitoes carry diseases that afflict humans, they also transmit several diseases and parasites to dogs and horses. These include dog heartworm, West Nile, LaCrosse, Eastern equine encephalitis, and Zika viruses. Also, mosquitoes helped spur significant environmental legislation. Originally developed as an insecticide to control mosquito eggs and larva in water, DDT became infamous for its environmental impacts. During a malaria outbreak in the US after World War II, community health was significantly improved through all available malaria control measures including use of DDT. However, the impacts to wildlife were dramatic playing a role in the decline of bald eagles and other bird-of-prey populations. The ban on DDT’s came 10 years after Rachel Carson first warned of the pesticide’s impact in her epic best-seller Silent Spring published in 1962. And it would take another quarter century for the birds to recover and be removed from the federal threatened and endangered list. The CDC and EPA recommends mosquito control should continue to protect public health during the coronavirus outbreak. Homeowners can take the following steps to prevent mosquito breeding on their own property including: •Destroy or dispose of tin cans, old tires, buckets, unused plastic swimming pools or other containers that collect and hold water. •Clean debris from rain gutters and remove any standing water under or around structures. •Change the water in birdbaths and wading pools at least once a week. •Check for trapped water in plastic or canvas tarps used to cover boats, pools.

Yesterday was National thrift shop day! Some people might think that thrift shopping is unsanitary and unnecessary, but actually it is incredibly beneficial for the environment. Buying secondhand may mean you’re buying someone else’s clothes, but it also means you’ll be keeping plastic out of landfills and positively contributing to the decrease in worldwide textile demand and subsequent waste. Americans alone throw away about 10.5 million tons of clothing every year. These clothes that are thrown away contribute a large volume of plastic and fabric to landfills. Buying from thrift shops instead of new from a department store is a significant way to reduce this waste. Donating clothes to a local thrift store is another way to reduce this waste. Mostly every town has a Salvation Army or Goodwill near them. If you know you’re only going to be wearing an item once, then go get it from the thrift store. It is a cheaper and better alternative for the environment! There are also second hand stores and online stores that you can make money through by selling your clothes. If there is a Platos Closet near you, you can actually sell your gently used clothes. There is also an online thrift store named ThredUp, where they have top of the line brands and sometimes even brand new products that you can sell or buy. At the end of the day we need to take better care of our environment. If you can do that by taking a garbage bag of old clothes to a local thrift store instead of having it end up in a landfill, then you are helping do your part to help the environment and reduce waste. . . . . . . #hwct #headwaterscharitabletrust #pennsylvania #pennsylvania_wild #thrifting #thrifted #environment #environmentaljustice #enviromentallyfriendly #conservative #conservation #enviromentalconservation #reducereuserecycle #recycle #reducewaste #Waste

Today is honey bee appreciation day!! Whether you have realized it or not, honey bees play a vital role in everyone’s daily life. Did you know that bees pollinate ⅓ of the food that we eat? Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains, and several other types of food all benefit from honey bee pollination. Wildflowers and even backyard gardens need honey bees and other types of pollinators to thrive. Honey bee populations have been significantly declining for several decades, both in wild populations and managed beehives. Several factors have contributed to this decline, including the use of harmful pesticides, loss of key habitat, various diseases, and colony collapse disorder among other issues. Because of these factors, bee populations have declined by over 60% during the last century. If this trend continues, many of the foods and flowers that humans (and almost every other species) rely on will begin to fail. But don’t worry, there are several different things almost anyone can do to help save the honey bee!! Below is a link that lists ten ways any citizen can contribute to saving bee populations, and this participation is incredibly important to stabilizing and growing bee populations across the country. Maybe now that you’ve learned more about honey bees, you’ll think about them every time you take a bite of food and appreciate all the work they do each and every day! https://thehoneybeeconservancy.org/how-to-save-the-bees/ 🐝 . . . . . . . . #bees #honeybees #honeycomb #bees🐝 #beesofinstagram #nationalbeeday #pennsylvania #environment #nature #naturelovers #pa #headwaterscharitabletrust #hwct #pennsylvaniaisbeautiful #pennsylvania_life #naturelife #natureseekers #environmentaljustice #environmentallyfriendly #environmentalist

Today is International beer day! Going to/ buying from breweries is one way of supporting local businesses. Especially now a days Breweries that are open are a fantastic place to visit. Typically they have outdoor areas that are easy to social distance at. One of the amazing breweries near us is the Box Car Brew Works in Dubois, PA. They have an amazing selection of beer on tap that you can enjoy outside on the deck of an old train car. Sometimes they even have local musicians that you can listen to while enjoying your drink with friends. Another awesome local business is The Brew Coffee and Tap in Tyrone, PA. They don’t brew their own beer but they help local breweries by selling their drinks. They also have a coffee and food menu that you can’t go wrong with. You can enjoy a nice ice cold coffee and or beer hanging out in their outdoor area. Last but not least in Indiana, PA we have Levity Brewing Company. Since they were able to open up they have been focusing on their outdoor seating to make their customers as comfortable as possible and have been sanitizing everywhere religiously. They have a large selection in their taproom and an even larger food selection. These are just a few of the local breweries you can support during this deficit time were local businesses need our help now more than ever. . . . . . . . . #headwaterscharitabletrust #hwct #pennsylvania #pa #brewery #breweries #supportsmallbusiness #supportlocal #supportlocalbusiness #localbusiness #beer #coffee #environment

Ever think about how much water is on the earth? There’s a lot of it with all the oceans, rivers, streams and groundwater that’s deep down. Actually there’s 326 million trillion gallons of this liquid stuff on the planet. With so much water, why is there a push for water conservation? 97% of the water on earth is salt water. Only about three percent of earth's water is freshwater. Of that, only about 1.2 percent can be used as drinking water; the rest is locked up in glaciers, ice caps, and permafrost, or buried deep in the ground. As August approaches we will celebrate National Water Quality Month. Protecting our water resources and educating ourselves about water quality is an important goal for this month. When the water in our rivers, lakes, and oceans becomes polluted; it can endanger wildlife, make our drinking water unsafe, and threaten the waters where we swim and fish. Benjamin Franklin once said “when the well is dry, we know the worth of water”. We can’t make water because all the water that will ever be is, right now on earth. We use water everday and without it we can’t live. So during the month of August we will focus on the importance of water and how we can take care of this precious resource . . . . . . . . #nathionalwaterqualitymonth #headwaterscharitabletrust #hwct #water #waterpollution #drinkingwater #wastewater #oceans #waterconservation #watereducation #waterlandlife #pennsylvania #pennsylvaniawater #soilandwaterconservation #waterquality #waterqualityassociation #waterqualitymonth #waterresources #outdoors #nature #environment #environmentaljustice #environmentallyfriendly #environmentalist

At Headwaters Charitable Trust, we are celebrating National Pennsylvania Day. Our state was the second to join the union in 1787 behind Delaware and followed by New Jersey. Beyond the significant history of the state, Pennsylvania is well known for it’s craft beers, famous chocolate and outdoor experiences. Our state bird is the ruffed grouse, our state animal the white tail deer and our state flower is Mountain Laurel. Pennsylvania leads the nation in rural population, number of licensed hunters, State Game Lands, covered bridges, meat packing plants, mushroom production, potato chip production, pretzel bakeries and sausage production. It’s easy to understand why our economy relies on our agriculture, natural resources and tourism. The Trust was formed on July 20, 1988, as a publicly supported foundation which operates as a non profit. It was created by a seven-member board who approved a “Declaration of Trust.” This declaration outlined the new organization’s purpose, which is to seek private and public funds to finance natural resource based economic development. In 2016, The Trust initiated a new strategic direction that highlights more of the economic impacts of our work. Our tag line “Employment, Enjoyment, Ecology” is predicated on a natural resource based economy that increases green collar jobs in water management, recreational development and agricultural sustainability. There is a ripple effect on economic impact from direct jobs, supply chain jobs and tourism/recreation jobs. The Trust’s approach reinforces the importance of natural resource on local economies. Agribusiness and tourism combined have a total economic impact of $176.7 billion dollars in Pennsylvania. As a non profit, we invite you to help us continue to support our work. Please visit www.hwct.org to learn more about how your donations can help. . . . . . . . #pennsylvania #pennsylvaniaisbeautiful #pennsylvaniaday #pa #environment #environmentallyfriendly #outdoors #outdoorsman #environmentaljustice #environmentalist #charity #charitable #headwaters #headwaterscharitabletrust #hwct #Fishing #hiking #adventure

Its world snake day!! People might think “why do we celebrate snakes?” Well, there are many reasons why we should celebrate snakes. They aren’t just creepy crawling things that scare everyone. The reality is that everyone should appreciate and respect snakes! Snakes maintain balance in the food web- Snakes are both predator and prey. Snakes can be prey for birds or even other snakes, but they also prey on rodents and because of that snakes are a natural form of pest control. Some Fun facts: •Around the world there are more than 2600 species of snakes •Fossil records show snakes evolved over 130 million years ago during the Cretaceous period. Snakes and other reptiles, along with birds, are regarded as having a single evolutionary lineage and at one point in the past shared a common ancestor. •Some snakes can see in the infrared spectrum using heat receptors called pit organs, making them highly effective night predators of warm-blooded animals.  •Snakes can swallow food larger than their heads. . . . . . #hwct #headwaterscharitabletrust #snakes #worldsnakeday #snakelovers #environment #environmentallyfriendly #environmentalist #snakefacts #rodents #earth #predator #prey #garden #gardens

Have you noticed some trees dying perhaps in your backyard or while driving? If you are an avid fisherman with a favorites stream and noticed a decline fish numbers? The changing climate can be a key factor with these changing conditions. We are hearing a lot more about climate change in the news. According to a 2019 poll by Pew Research Center, about six-in-ten Americans (62%) said that climate change is affecting their local community. Climate Change is a global issue with local impacts. Changes in pH, temperature or precipitation can disturb that balance and have devastating effects on our natural resources. Trees such as Blue Spruce are dying from a fungus which is being compounded due to higher temperatures and more intensive rainfalls. Acid deposition also called acid rain is a chemical reaction to toxins released by emissions creates airborne sulfuric and nitric acid. in the form of rain, snow or smog impacts ecosystems by making lakes, streams and wetlands more acidic. While some fish species can survive under more acidic conditions, most species like the brook trout cannot. The increased acidity deteriorates their gills. In addition, acid rain harms soil quality by breaking down soil compounds and removing important nutrients like calcium. The acid also eats away trees’ leaves and needles. Headwaters Charitable Trust has been working to restore streams impacted by acid deposition through some of the same technologies that are used to reduce abandoned mine drainage. We are seeing fisheries rebound. However, addressing the broader impacts of climate change on our landscapes will take innovation and policy changes. According to the same Pew Research poll, two-thirds of Americans (67%) said the federal government wasn’t doing enough to reduce the effects of climate change. . . . . . . #hwct #headwaterscharitabletrust #climatechange #climate #climatechangeisreal #Fish #Fishing #FishingLife #Fishing🎣 #fishingaddict #trees #pewresearch #acidrain #policychange #naturalresources #stream #water #soilandwaterconservation #environment #enviromentallyfriendly #environmentalist #cleanwater #pollution #pennsylvania #pennsylvanialife #pa

July is Park and Recreation Month. The people of parks and recreation provide essential service every day. Parks and recreation improve our health, boost our economy, and safeguard our environment. They make our communities better places to live, work, and play. The COVID-19 pandemic has driven home the importance of parks and the need for open spaces close to home. For many Pennsylvanians parks, trails, and nature preserves have become vital refuges in the storm. Places that reduce our stress and restore our mental health. Places that help us exercise and boost our immune systems. Places that give us a sense we are still connected, even as the virus forces us apart. According to a report by the PA Environmental Council (PEC)“ The COVID-19 Pandemic’s Impact on Pennsylvania’s Non-motorized Trails” in March 2020, trail count numbers from across Pennsylvania showed a 52% increase over 2019 numbers and a 97% increase over 2018. Some of the key findings include some trails experiencing 100 to 200 percent increases. Short and medium length trails had mostly positive impacts while longer distance trails that support tourism had less use. PEC should be applauded for producing this very important report. It maked a very strong case that outdoor recreation investments are a critical part of economic recovery as we move forward. Headwaters Charitable Trust is also working in this capacity through development of the Knox and Kane Rail Trail. The picture in this post shows construction currently accruing on this trails with monetary support from PA DCNR and private funding. . . . . . . . #parksandrec #parksandrecreation #parks #recreation #pennsylvania #july #headwaterscharitabletrust #hwtc #outdoors #kane #pa #trails #hikes #dcnr #pec #nature #naturepreserve

Headwaters Charitable Trust is working to accelerate and advance significant water quality and recreational improvements throughout Pennsylvania to improve the health of our streams and citizens. The Trust has made remarkable improvements to many communities over the past 29 years but there remains considerable need for continued work to reduce pollution, protect drinking water and provide recreational oppertunites. By promoting green jobs, our stream restoration and recreation work sustains employment in a diversity of careers including engineering, biology, construction, material acquisition, trucking and tourism to mention a few. We work with both high school and colleges to engage students in these fields in an effort to reduce the outmigration of youth in our rural areas. Our natural and human assets are important to Pennsylvania’s economy. In 2018, an economic study found that outdoor recreation in Pennsylvania, including hunting and fishing, generated $26.9 billion. The state’s wealth of natural resources and rich outdoor traditions also supported more than 390,000 jobs, where Pennsylvanians earned $17 billion in salaries and wages. . . . . . . . . . # HWCT #students #greenjobs #recreation #water #hunting #Fishing #youthoutmigration #construction #environment #conservative #biology #engineering #jobs #pennsylvania #pa #headwaters #naturalresources #outdoors #cleanwater

The pandemic has hit Pennsylvania’s economy very hard. While most of the focus has been on urban impacts; rural areas where Headwaters works shows unemployment at 18% which is higher than the state average of 15%. So what will it take for Pennsylvania’s rural economy to recover? I have an optimistic outlook given the assets that rural areas possess. Headwaters tagline, employment, enjoyment, ecology touches on the 3 major industries in rural areas which are natural resource, construction and leisure-hospitality jobs. In our rural areas 23% of the unemployment as of June 2020 are related to jobs in these fields. Economic development through rural asset development in recreation, environmental restoration and tourism are the heart of small business development. While immediate need for food and jobs are current needs, recovery can occur much faster with innovative strategies to meet current and future needs creating sustainability for families. I have written before about grocery store closings and food insecurity. We are now working on strategies to integrate local restaurants as food hubs since food pantries are limited while increasing local year round food production. We are engaging vista volunteers for increasing green collar jobs around environmental restoration and the supply chain of material used in restoration activities. Lastly, we are working locally on recreational asset development that is employing local engineer, as well as construction companies. Recovering from the unemployment impacts of the pandemic needs to happen sooner than later. Headwaters is working to make this happen. Thank you to South Kendall Hydroponics for all this info and pictures. . . . . . #pennsylvania #community #economy #environment #coronavirus #pa #headwaterscharitabletrust #hwct #pandemic #construction #smallbusiness #local #localbusiness #environment #environmentallyfriendly #enviromentalrestoration #restoration #foodinsecurity #employment

Forming partnerships is an important part of Headwaters Charitable Trust’s work. For almost 30 years, the Trust has partnered with a number of agencies, businesses and other non-profits to realize that our ecological assets and communities are interdependent. While the motives within a partnership may be different, the end goal is always the same. Each partner has a specific ability that when coupled together, helps reach a defined goal. Headwaters serves as an intermediary to bring these partners together. For example, we brought together partners which included the PA Game Commission, Jefferson County Conservation District and several consultants to solicit proposals to remediate and abandoned mine drainage (AMD) constructed wetland system on Game Lands 320. The PA Game Commission has interest in improving wildlife habitat for wild birds and mammals. These wetland systems can serve as a place used by ducks and other waterfowl as a nesting or staging area. The Game Commission is serving as a project sponsor for this initiative. Game Lands 320 is in the Pine Run watershed which the Jefferson County Conservation District’s has a specific interest for implementing a restoration strategy to improve the fishery impacted by the AMD. As a partner, the District is providing technical assistance with a field evaluation of the site, water sampling, permitting and eventually construction inspection. For profit businesses are important partners in environmental restoration as they support the specific needs of government and private organizations by providing assessments, restoration planning, design, construction management, general technical assistance. “There is immense power when a group of people with similar interests gets together to work toward the same goals.” . . . . . . #headwaterscharitabletrust #hwct #Together #community #teamwork #pennsylvania #pa #conservationdistrict #jeffersoncounty #gamecommission #pagamelands #partnership #environment #environmentallyfriendly #communitylove #communityservice #communitydevelopment

Being raised in a medical family; my dad was a doctor and my mother a nurse; I am particularly interested in health issues. Covid 19 is a good reminder that sheltering in place makes us appreciate the outdoors all the more. Intuitively I think we know people seem happier out in the fresh air. But nature has a much bigger impact on our physical and mental well being. Ever hear of Ecotherapy? I hadn’t until recently. There isn't one single definition of ecotherapy, but it's often used to describe a regular outdoor activity in nature. People sometimes use different words to describe ecotherapy, depending on whether the activity has an emphasis on exercise, gardening or painting a picture. The point is that being outside is good for both physical and mental health. Doing things like growing food or flowers, exercising outdoors or being around animals can have lots of positive effects. It can help reduce stress and increase physical activity. The outdoors can help you make new connections and discoveries. We all have different experiences of nature, and different reasons for wanting to connect with it more. Even if you live in a highly urbanized area, bring nature to you by growing a potted flower or visit a local playground or park. Sit and watch the stars in the night sky or listen to the birds chirping in the morning (which is my daily alarm clock). Being outside is free and a true gift that doesn’t stop giving. To learn more about the wonderful benefits of the outdoors and additional activities visit mind.org . . . . . . #covid19 #coronavirus #activitiesforkids #outdoors #pennsylvania #corona #nature #parks #local #community #physicalactivity #SocialDistancing #ecotherapyinpractice #pa #buckcounty