Manor Road ROW
Lafayette Hill / Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Certified through 2022
Manor Road ROW Native Meadow
About the Program
PECO, which is part of Exelon Corporation, maintains a right-of-way in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, along the banks of the Schuylkill River. The site, which also borders the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, features a host of native plants and wildlife. Through this project, the PECO team maintains 23 acres of native grasslands habitat. There seek to establish native grasses and wildflowers through maintenance and monitoring along the Manor Road right-of-way to increase wildlife on-site.
Practices and Impacts
- 50 employees participated in Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) training that included native and invasive plant identification in the classroom and in the field. Learners were quizzed on their knowledge before and after the training.
- The team collects monitoring data during the growing season to identify the native and invasive plant species. Data collected is used to outline the next steps for the grasslands project. The most recent 2020 inventory found a diverse mix of native plants on-site, including big bluestem, Timothy hay, flattop goldenrod, white sweet clover and yellow wood sorrel.
- The site has also noted on-site wildlife. Species observed include pileated woodpeckers, red-tailed hawks, gray catbirds, monarch butterflies and a variety of pollinator species.
- Invasive species like common reed, mugwort, mile-a-minute vine and oriental bittersweet are controlled with mowing and professional herbicide application. Native wildflower and grass seeds are spread after invasive species management to repopulate the treated areas. Monitoring shows that between 2019 and 2020, invasive plant cover decreased sitewide.
- PECO partners with professionals to conduct vegetation monitoring, invasive species control, native seeding and project planning.
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