The Kutztown Borough Environmental Advisory Commission (EAC) presented its first Environmental Stewardship Award to Elaine Bartholomew at Kutztown Day on Aug. 2.
Commission Chairperson Amiee Bollinger, of Kutztown, explained that the Kutztown Borough Council established the EAC about two years ago to help them identify and find solutions to environmental issues within the borough.
Each year, the EAC sets goals, one of which was to establish this award to recognize those who promote environmental stewardship within the borough for the benefit of the community, said Bollinger.
'The recipient of the first Environmental Stewardship Award is a great example,' she said.
President of the Maiden Creek Watershed Association, Bartholomew has been instrumental in the creation of the Saucony Trail, involved in development and funding. She is currently working on Phase 3 of the project to extend the trail from Main Street to the old pool.
'Elaine has spent countless hours removing invasive species of plants from along the trail and planting native species,' said Bollinger.
Bartholomew also enlisted the Reading Area Water Authority to help plant trees and shrubs around Saucony Marsh. She works with elementaries and middle schools to educate youth about the wetlands and plants along the trail. Also, she is involved in water monitoring efforts along the Saucony Creek.
'Her efforts are tireless and we are the beneficiaries,' said Bollinger. 'Without her contributions, the Saucony Trail would not be what it is today.'
Bartholomew thanked the Borough of Kutztown for taking on the Saucony Trail project.
'It's so important to our environment and water,' Bartholomew said, 'which we can't without.'
For more information about the Kutztown Borough Environmental Advisory Commission, visit www.kutztownboro.org/keac.html via the borough Web page.