Our Forest, Our Future

(Last updated 5/20/2021)

Two of the signs carried by LMSD students at CALM demonstration, 4/16/2021.

As of 4-19-2021, Lower Merion School District asked for a short delay of its proposal which would clear cut 502 trees and all the understory shrubs and plants at 1800 Montgomery Ave and 1835 County Line Rd. This combined property is contiguous with and can be viewed from Stoneleigh. It is hoped that before making a new proposal to the Township in June, LMSD will seriously consider better alternatives, in cooperation with the township.

Although a short pause has been achieved, we do not yet consider this irreplaceable habitat "safe". So please see the News page for what you can still do to make your voice heard.

The property contains part of a wetland, and hosts significant resident bird populations, as well as important migratory populations of warblers and other songbirds, which are vanishing from our environment due to habitat loss. Not to mention other native wildlife.

According to Dr. Adam Langley of Villanova University, (whose analysis was based on an even earlier proposal which removed only 462 trees), would release 15,000 metric tons of CO2 into our atmosphere -- equivalent to the annual carbon emissions of 3,200 vehicles and greater than the total annual CO2 savings if all of Lower Merion converts to carbon free electricity. It is likely that the carbon released from the soil disturbance would be DOUBLE this amount. The storm water management services this forest provides are invaluable as described in this Penn State video.

Above: View at 1835 County Line Road. Below: View from Stoneleigh

60-inch diameter oak

Great Horned Owl from a distance

Great Horned Owl, closer view

Oak Savannah

More large oaks

View at 1800 Montgomery Ave.

View at 1835 County Line Road

Another 60-inch diameter oak

Red-tailed Hawk in the distance

Red-tailed Hawk closer up

Above: Satellite view, with overlay of the plan for the fields