Over the past fourteen years, Wissahickon Restoration Volunteers has undertaken a series of restoration activities in the steep-sided basin at the corner of Kitchen's Lane and Scotforth Road which forms the headwaters of a small un-named tributary to the Wissahickon Creek. The initial phase of the project involved the removal of a number of invasive species including Japanese honeysuckle, princess tree, Japanese knotweed, and privet. A total of over 1,046 native plants have been reintroduced at the site in order to stimulate the development of a forest canopy, reduce soil erosion, provide critical wildlife habitat, and protect the water quality of this first order stream. Native species added to the site include American basswood, eastern redbud, swamp white oak, river birch, silver maple, sassafras, and sweetgum.
WRV gratefully acknowledges the following partners whose support has made this project possible. Funding assistance received from The Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund administered by the Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; The USDA Natural Resources and Conservation Service, and the Joe Dlugach Memorial Fund. Additional support was provided by The Fairmount Park Commission, The Temple Native Plant Propagation Center, and our dedicated community volunteers who have contributed thousands of service hours to the project.