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Westchester Land Trust Enhances Preserves In Lewisboro

Americorps volunteers removing invasive species at the Frederick P. Rose Preserve in Lewisboro.
Americorps volunteers removing invasive species at the Frederick P. Rose Preserve in Lewisboro. Photo Credit: Contributed
Oriental bittersweet (invasive species).
Oriental bittersweet (invasive species). Photo Credit: Contributed
Black swallow wort (invasive species).
Black swallow wort (invasive species). Photo Credit: Contributed

LEWISBORO, N.Y. -- The Westchester Land Trust launched a Meadow Enhancement Project at the Frederick P. Rose Preserve in Lewisboro to continue providing residents the chance to continue enjoying nature.

Besides increasing the size of the meadow and helping the plants and animals there thrive, the project helps create a special place for everyone visit and enjoy.

“Meadows, like the one at the Frederick P. Rose Preserve, are a vital part of our greater landscape,” said Tate Bushell, the Land Trust’s director of stewardship.

“They were once a common ecosystem in our area, but are now declining as many have grown into forests and others have been permanently altered by development.”

Land Trust staff and volunteers participated in several "work-days" at the preserve, most recently, on Saturday, June 13.  The group, which included four Americorps Invasive Strike Force Team members from the NY/NJ Trail Conference, removed invasive plants from the meadow including mile-a-minute vine, Tree of Heaven, and black swallow wort.

This Enhancement Project was funded by Sandra Priest Rose, as well as Adam R. Rose and Peter R. McQuillan.

Meanwhile, at the Westchester Wilderness Walk/Zofnass Family Preserve in Pound Ridge, Land Trust continued to combat invasive plant species in the area.

On Sunday, July 19, more than a dozen staff and volunteers worked to maintain the preserve's habitat which is being managed as an Invasive Species Prevention Zone. The goal is to remove oriental bittersweet and other invasive plants before they gain a foothold.  The group's efforts were focused on the Upper Shad Road entrance to the Southern Loop of the preserve, as well as approximately 200 yards inward along the trail.

The group removed almost 1,000 small invasive plants that had not yet become established in the habitat.  Again, the group included Americorps Invasive Strike Force Team members from the NY/NJ Trail Conference. This Enhancement Project was funded by Renee Ring and Paul Zofnass, based in Bedford Hills.

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