At SGI, we understand our duty to protect the vital and beautiful ecosystems where our employees and their families live, work and play. That’s why we donated $8,000 last year to Strawberry Hill for the revitalization of the Middle Creek Trout Habitat and the park’s Erosion Control Project.
In their spare time, many of our employees are sportsmen and sportswomen – they fish, hunt, hike and enjoy all the natural beauty the area has to offer. When Adams County approached us to provide rock for the project, we felt particularly drawn to this important work to support the community and the wonderful recreational opportunities it offers its residents. When initial funding for the project fell through, we felt an even greater pull to this project and stepped up to cover it. We’re proud to say that our donation covered the cost of the project’s much-needed elements, including an excavator, project materials, staff salaries and educational signage.
“The Middle Creek Fish Habitat Improvement Project was a great community project in many ways. The project provided great habitat for trout and also stabilized eroding stream banks in one of the highest quality streams in Adams County, PA. It was nice to see so many partners working together to improve our community’s natural resources,” said Adam McClain, Manager of the Adams County Conservation District. “It was also refreshing to me to see a local business like Specialty Granules recognize the needs that were lacking in the partnership and quickly fill that niche.”
The restoration will reduce sediment erosion, improve trout habitat and be part of an educational tour on stream management practices for local students and other visitors who come to enjoy Strawberry Hill.
The Trout Habitat and Erosion Control Project was designed by the Adams County Conservation District with input from the PA Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) and Adams County Trout Unlimited. Strawberry Hill also partnered with the Penn State Mont Alto Forest Technology program and Forestry Club and the Watershed Alliance of Adams County (WAAC) to install deflectors, which protect the streambanks by directing current away from the banks.
You can read more about this wonderful conservation project in the Adams County Conservation District Annual Report: