Heritage Conservancy’s Partnership with Bucks County Audubon Society in Presenting Watershed Symposium a Success

We recently partnered with the Bucks County Audubon Society, a non-profit organization that works to promote the sustainability of human activities, in presenting “A History of Protecting the Future: The Story of the Honey Hollow Watershed” Symposium. A free-to-attend educational extravaganza for nature lovers, historians and scientists alike, this event was held on Saturday, May 4th from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM at the beautiful Bucks County Audubon Society Visitor Center in New Hope, PA. With over 65 people in attendance, the symposium reached a broad audience.

The symposium, which aimed to inspire a new generation to protect our natural resources, explored the rich legacy of cooperative stewardship that began at Honey Hollow Watershed, the nation’s only National Historic Landmark dedicated to conservation, and how we can address existing and future threats to the health of our local and regional watersheds by working collaboratively. The day featured a walking tour of the property led by lifetime resident, Malcolm Crooks, who reviewed Honey Hollow’s unique soil and watershed conservation practices. During several lively historical, agricultural and conservational themed workshops, presenters discussed topics such as how gardeners and farmers can improve their soil to grow healthier plants and better food, how landowners can prevent streambank erosion and how homeowners can utilize their own backyards to reduce pollution.

This educational event featured close to a dozen speakers, a few of whom included keynote speaker, Jean Cutler, Director of the Bureau of Historic Preservation for the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission, Mark Goodson, State Agronomist of the USDA, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and Jeff Marshall, President of Heritage Conservancy.

“Unlike many historic sites, Honey Hollow is a living landmark,” described Marshall of the special watershed. “It respects the past while looking forward to a future worth preserving.”

All of the presentations will be available as part of a collection of Honey Hollow interpretive materials developed for the project.

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