The Kidder Township EAC held its May meeting Wednesday evening. The main topic of discussion was the annual spring workshop, which is scheduled for this Saturday morning.

"Part of our mission is to educate the community. We have found that the spring workshop is an excellent way to reach out to the community and introduce them to different perspectives relevant to the local environment through our education program. In the past we have done programs on rain gardens, watershed, storm water control, native plants and local wild life," said Frank Gilotti, chairman of the EAC.

"We even had a program on fracking, which got a lot of attention. Our plan is to foster a healthy relationship between the environment and the community."

This year's program, which begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, features two speakers.

The 9 a.m. program is entitled "Birds of Prey" and will be presented by Susan Gallagher, chief naturalist of the Carbon County Environmental Education Center. Gallagher's presentation will include a number of live birds and will educate residents on the birds of prey found locally, their food sources and preserving their habitat.

The second session, scheduled to begin at 10:15 a.m., is entitled "Making Maple" and will be presented by Slate Altenburg of Penn State's Master Gardener Program. The presentation will include identifying sugar maples, collecting and making maple syrup.

The workshops, which will be held at the Kidder Township building on Lake Drive near the intersection with Route 903, are open to anyone wishing to attend.

During the meeting the EAC also touched on a number of long-term projects. These ongoing projects include a township-wide, multiuse trail; landmark inventory and a fresh water mussel study.

The council is also considering investigating the use of larvae to combat the Wooly Adelgid. The Wooly Adelgid is found under the leaves of the hemlock tree. They suck nutrients from the trees and ultimately kill off the tree.

The hemlock, which is the state tree of Pennsylvania, is also the major shade tree found along streams in Kidder Township. Loss of the hemlock population could have long-term negative effects on the local environment.