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ALERT: Spotted Lanternfly Sightings

The first SLF in Hastings that we know of was sighted August 12th, 2021 at Ferndale & Scenic, a block from Hillside Woods. Multiple sightings have occurred more recently, all over our area, just one year later. If you see one, kill it! And report it to NY State:
Spotted Lanternfly Public Report Form. For additional info, see our page on SLF.

Boutillier's Brook - Farragut Parkway near Exit 12
We've applied for a fourth round from Trees for Tribs, and will plant another section October 1st! Join us! Email us to get on our mailing list. To date, we have planted 700 shrubs and trees at this site! Thanks to Matt Hobby for his relentless dedication to fighting the knotweed and invasive vines, to our amazing fellow Village volunteers and to Groundwork Hudson Valley's Green Team. See more.

Burke Estate
Science Research student Zach Navarrete is conducting a soil impact experiment this summer, solarizing areas with different materials and collecting data on each variable's effect. HHS grad Avery Erwin-McGuire and her dad Don Erwin have developed an restoration plan for this surprisingly rich wetland, cutting back invasive reeds and planting over 300 native trees and shrubs. Read more about the Burke.

The Hastings volunteer Vine Squad removes invasive vines from public trees throughout Hastings, including in Hillside Woods, from November to March. Visit the Hastings Conservation Commission's Vine Squad page for more info and schedule. The Vine Squad supplies equipment and training and can award students community service hours. Questions? Email: vinesquad@hastingsgov.org.

Learn about HW and the Restoration Project

(Coming soon - page seriously under construction.) Despite its ragged condition, the woods still supports a variety of native birds, mammals, insects and plants. Learn more about our northeast woodland ecosystem and share what you learn with others. You can add your own observations using iNaturalist and eBird to contribute to our crowd-sourced collective understanding.