HONORING PAUL MEYER
On Tuesday, October 10, 2023 our dear friend and revered Pastorius restoration advisor, Paul Meyer (retired head of Morris Arboretum) passed away. This tragic and huge loss on so many fronts has made implementing Paul’s vision at our park imperative for our organization.
To honor Paul and further his farsighted work at Pastorius Park, FoPP is dedicating our next restoration project in the park’s NE ‘bird sanctuary’ woods to Paul as a memorial to his passion for restoring our park. Habitat restoration in these woods, as well as storm water and erosion mitigation here was near and dear to Paul. And he was very hands on, earlier this year, working with FoPP volunteers to remove invasives in these woods, as a prelude to more serious restoration work there.
FoPP is working with a landscape designer highly recommended to us by Paul, Bob Gray, and have engaged a surveyor (Schock Group LLC) to conduct a thorough late Fall 2023 survey of these woods, including a complete inventory of all existing trees. This survey will inform our choice of new native plantingsthat will both benefit wildlife and aid in the management of storm water. We are aiming to begin the first stage of this ambitious project in 2024. Please help us further Paul’s vision of a healthy, vibrant Pastorius Park by donating to FoPP.
Or mail a check to:
Friends of Pastorius Park
P.O. Box 27158
Market Square Station
Philadelphia, PA 19118