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Volunteer Opportunities

There are a number of volunteer opportunities even in the dead of winter. Almost every month,
some maintenance work is required on DTU project sites to maintain buffers and to remove invasive
trees, shrubs and grasses so that native species can thrive.

For 6 to 7 weeks each Spring and Fall, volunteers are needed to plant riparian buffers on project sites.
Thousands of volunteer hours are required each year to plant and maintain the buffers.

However, there is a wide variety of other volunteer tasks that need willing hands and hearts. Did you
know that DTU manages a native tree and shrub nursery at Millport Conservancy?

The Chapter raises its own seedings each year to supply stock for stream restorations.

Last year, Penn State joined that effort and now partners to help run the successful nursery, but volunteers
are needed to start the seedings in the Spring and to water and weed them throughout the Summer.

Pennsylvania’s Trout In the Classroom (TIC) is an interdisciplinary program in which students learn
about current and past impacts, management, and protection and enhancement opportunities of PA’s
cold water resources, while raising trout in the classroom.

According to records kept by PA Fish and Boat Commission, currently there are 22 of these programs
n Lancaster County, 13 of which are supported by DTU. In 2020, DTU is looking for ways to expand
its support for schools and TIC classrooms.

Volunteers may be needed to deliver some of this expanded support.

Volunteers are needed to write articles for The Mayflyer, to help stock trout, to work on the annual
Spring Fundraiser, to support Facebook, to create or supply educational articles/videos for the
website, and to serve as public speakers from time-to-time.

Is there anything that might deserve some of your time? Or do you have any other ideas that might
be implemented via volunteer grit and determination? Then please contact Barry Witmer at
b.witmer@donegaltu.org about your area of interest. Currently, he is maintaining a volunteer
database, communicating with interested volunteers, and steering them to the right DTU chairperson
so they can get involved. 

They would love to hear you!