Lower Saucon Township's Environmental Advisory Council
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~ Saucon Valley Compost Center ~
      Recycle your Christmas trees and yard waste
     Open Saturdays January 13, 20, 27 ~ 9am - 1pm 
             Dates subject to change based on weather 
*   *Note: The center will not be open 1/6 due to the extreme cold.
       Make sure all decorations & tinsel is removed from your tree 

Christmas trees can also be dropped off any time at the corner of Lower Saucon and Polk Valley Roads
                                                                       (look for the tree recycling sign).
Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center         
    Sponsor a Maple Tree Fundraiser Program
For $25, a tree can be sponsored which includes many benefits: receipt of a certificate of sponsorship, a map of the sugarbush showing the location of your tree, a pint of thier own pure maple syrup and free admission for up to four people to the center's annual Public Maple Sugaring Day on March 3. 
This fundraising program sponsored by Monroe County Conservation District's Environmental Education Center, helps offset costs for the maple sugaring educational program that has benefited students throughout Monroe County for over 30 years. By participating in the "Sponsor-A-Tree" program you can help offset these costs.

For information, call 570-629-3061 or go to their website to download a sponsorship form and a schedule of the programs offered. 
       Don't forget to support your local farmer's market.
                              
                               Saucon Valley Farmer's Market
                             Open Sundays 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
      Along the Rail Trail at Water Street Park in Hellertown

     For more details about the market check their website.

Spotted Lanternfly....be on the lookout

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture warns the Spotted Lanternfly
is a plant hopper native to China, India and Vietnam, and has been introduced in South Korea and Japan. In Korea, where it was first detected in 2004, the Spotted Lanternfly is known utilize more than 70 species, 25 of which also occur in Pennsylvania, including cultivated grapes, fruit trees, and hardwood species.

In the U.S., the Spotted Lanternfly has the potential to greatly impact the viticulture (grape), tree fruit, plant nursery and timber industries. This pest poses a significant threat to the state’s more than $20.5 million grape, nearly $134 million apple, and more than $24 million stone fruit industries, as well as the hardwood industry in Pennsylvania, which accounts for $12 billion in sales. Early detection is vital to the effective control of this pest and the protection of PA agriculture and natural resources related businesses.

Residents can limit the spread of Spotted Lanternfly: You can take steps personally to limit the chance you may spread Spotted Lanternfly. Do not park or leave items under tree lines and always check your vehicle for hitch hiking Lanternflies. By doing this, it will reduce the risk of Spotted Lanternfly becoming an unwelcome hitch hiker.

Report a site: Call the Bad Bug hotline at 1-866-253-7189 with details of the siting and your contact information. For more information or to report possible populations of Spotted Lanternfly: Contact the Invasive Species Hotline at 1-866-253-7189 or visit the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture at www.agriculture.pa.gov