of Chester County, PA

Focusing on the unique environmental challenges and opportunities in Chester County, Pennsylvania.

Upcoming Events

Conscientious Hiker Discussion

Thur Aug 4, 6:30
CC Library

What does it mean to be a “conscientious hiker”? How does the “land ethic” in Aldo Leopold’s 'A Sand County Almanac' apply to us in our recreational activities? Please register, free.

Conscientious Hike - Crows Nest Preserve

Sat Aug 6, 1pm to 5pm
Elverson, PA

You're also invited to join us on Saturday, September 6th for a group hike as we take the conversation outdoors. The hike will take place from 1 to 5 PM. We'll meet at the Crow’s Nest Preserve parking lot. This moderate, 6 mile trail hike will include more discussion. We’ll also look for fall’s late wildflowers and southbound migrating birds.

People's Climate March

Sun Sep 21, New York City

Sierra Club, 350.org and lots of other groups that want our world leaders to act on climate change NOW are organizing road trips for thousands of people to join forces for a march in New York City - The People's Climate March - http://peoplesclimate.org. To help us organize, contact Jim at jim.wylie@verizon.net. To buy a ticket for you or sponsor someone else, go to bitly.com/phillyclimatemarch/.

Fall Banquet - Sierra Club of Chester County

Sat Oct 4, Stargazers Vineyard & Winery

Mark your calendars for this year's banquet at the Stargazers Vineyard and Winery in Coatesville, PA. This years event will be an informal social on the grounds of the winery. There will be tours of the wine making operations as well as the passive solar home built by the Stargazers owners - Alice and John Weygandt. Light food and of course wine tasting.

Find out more about the sustainable practices of Stargazers at www.stargazersvineyard.com/sustainability-at-stargazers

Tree Planting at Wyebrook Farm

Sat Oct 18, Honey Brook

The Brandywine Conservancy, the Guardians of the Brandywine and Victory Brewing Company are organizing atree planting - 1000 trees at Wyebrook Farm along the banks of the Brandywine Creek. Riparian buffers containing trees and grass help to keep the Brandywine clean and safe for the many communities downstream that use the water for drinking (and brewing!) We are looking for volunteers on that day to help plant the trees (families encouraged). Wyebrook will provide volunteers with snacks and Victory will provide liquid refreshment (beer and root beer).


A great presentation by Annemarie Cantrel on the science, psuedo-science, lack of transparency and regulation and credible testing, conflicting test results, reluctance to label, farmers fear of going against industry sead giants and local legislation that takes some small steps to inform the public about what we are buying and eating.

Annemarie has graciously offered to share her presentation with us. Download it here.

DEP EQB Hearing on Fracking Regulations

Mary's report on the Jan 9th hearing:

The audience of approximately 100 represented people from the Chester County area as well as those traveling from Bucks, Berks, Lancaster, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. Some of the organizations giving testimony were Phila. Clean Air Council, Berks Gas Truth, Penn Future and the Pipeline Safety Coalition. The natural gas industry presented testimony from the Association of Petroleum Industries of PA and the Outreach Coordinator for the Marcellus Shale Coalition.

Read more on Protect

UPDATE - PennEnvironment is organizing a comment site to tell the DEP to ban the use of fracking waste pits. Click here.

Other Events and Ongoing Issues (not first Thur programs)
see the calendar for details

Sep 4 – Concienteous Hiker
Sep 6 - Hike at Crows Next
Oct 4 – Fall Banquet

Local Ongoing Env Watchdog Issues

Pipelines in Chester County
High density housing in W Bradford – Embreeville Hospital site