Jul 26, 2016
Allentown Parks Can Kill Your Dog
Poison Hemlock has invaded the riparian buffers along the creeks in Allentown Parks. These buffers are to accommodate the Wildlands Conservancy, which essentially dictates all park policy, except recreation, in both Allentown and South Whitehall. I suppose now the Wildlands can add pet killer to their dam buster credentials.
Allentown has been trying to control the problem by high rough cutting in spots where they see the hemlock. The real solution is to go back to the way the parks were designed, without riparian buffers.
Frankly, I haven't had much success in curtailing the Wildlands Conservancy's influence in these park decisions. So far, we lost two small historic dams, and the iconic Wehr's Dam is soon to go. We lost the view and access to the creeks in the park system, around which the parks were designed, by Harry Trexler's landscape architect. I have succeeded in creating a public record of these losses, and I will continue to speak out against how our parks are being compromised.