Thursday, December 5, 2013 Holiday Social
7pm – 10pm
201 High St (next to Huntington Bank)
Presentation scheduled for 8:15pm
Celebrate FODC’s 18th Anniversary, the holidays, & a successful year of watershed work!
Learn about FODC’s progress and accomplishments in 2013 through interactive presentations. Hear first hand from our Youth Advisory Board about youth-driven projects in our area. Help recognize FODC’s hardworking volunteers & gracious donors. Most of all, come and share your evening with us!
Wine and homemade desserts will be available. Please bring a $10 donation as a year-end contribution.
We know we share many supporters with Friends of the Cheat. This year you can support both groups in the same evening! Attend FOC’s Watershed = Foodshed event at Madeleine’s, then cross the street for wine and more desserts with FODC! See you there!
Outdoor Learning Park
“Final Reveal” of the Sabraton Outdoor Learning Park Community Makeover
Friends of Deckers Creek (FODC) hosted our “Final Reveal” of the Sabraton Outdoor Learning Park Community Makeover on Saturday, July 13th from 11am to 2pm. Located behind Kroger and along the Deckers Creek Rail-Trail, the Sabraton Outdoor Learning Park (OLP) is an inclusive greenspace that engages users in meaningful, educational opportunities and unique passive, recreational experiences. A ribbon-cutting ceremony introducing the community to and highlighting the role of local partners in the makeover occurred at 12 pm. The “Final Reveal” showcased new features of the OLP, including 3 educational signs, a picnic pavilion and landscape additions and enhancements.
Funding from the Chesapeake Bay Trust has been used to create three educational kiosks as well as written guides and kits to support educators interested in providing a hands–on, educational experience for their students. The three signs provide information on Celebrated West Virginia Trees, West Virginia Backyard Conservation, and What Nature Does for You: Ecosystem Services. The educational guide provides hands-on activities for formal and non-formal educators to use in the OLP with students aged K-12. An additional sign on composting will be provided by WVU students from the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design.
About Friends of Deckers Creek
Deckers Creek is a scenic tributary to the Monongahela River in north central West Virginia. From its headwaters outside the historic town of Arthurdale, Deckers Creek meanders through Preston County into Monongalia County where it descends through a steep scenic gorge. This beautiful section of Deckers Creek is filled with waterfalls, boulders, and rock slides, contains world class kayaking, and is frequented by kayakers, rock climbers, bikers, and swimmers. From here, Deckers Creek passes through several communities and into Morgantown, where it empties into the Monongahela River.
Over the years, Deckers creek has been degraded by numerous pollutants. These pollutants include, but are not limited to, acid mine drainage (AMD), bacteria from combined sewage overflows, heavy metals, sediment, trash, and general abandonment, which negatively impact the 64-square mile watershed. The biggest threat to the watershed is AMD. This product, of abandoned coal mines, destroys the environmental quality of Deckers Creek and its tributaries, turns the waters red-orange, and creates acid conditions in which fish and macroinvertebrates cannot live.
FODC Mission: To improve the natural qualities of, increase the public concern for, and promote the enjoyment of the Deckers Creek Watershed