Protect Our Woods

A Community Campaign in Support of the Hillside Woods Restoration Project


Funding is Coming!

Long-delayed due to the pandemic, Westchester County is fulfilling its promise! Hastings will receive $100,000 in grant monies, which will pay for exclosure fencing and tree work. Read more in the Rivertowns Enterprise.

Tree Planting Project with Hastings Schools

After a year of removing invasive brush, we've started a pilot planting project.

In May, High School AP Environmental Science students, buddying with 2nd graders, planted 130 seedlings. What great kids this town has! Teams tubed the trees to protect from deer and PE classes water them as needed. Huge thanks to the HHS PE Department, the HHS AP Environmental Science class, and Hillsides' 2nd Grade Team.

HWRP volunteers planted the remaining seedlings over a couple of work sessions. 330 plants are in the ground!

Boutillier's Brook
NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation oversaw the planting of 350 seedling shrubs and trees along a section of this stream, a tributary to the Saw Mill River on Farragut Parkway near Exit 12. Fifty volunteers, including Groundwork's Green Team, accomplished the job in one day. On May 8th, volunteers cleared the area to make way for the plants. We're now watering the plants three times a week (when it's not raining!). Join us!

Lower Burke Estate
A HHS grad has developed an ecological restoration plan for this incredible wetland. We're liaising with HHS' science department to engage students in this worthy endeavor. The Lower Burke is rife with redwing blackbirds (and others), historic ruins, and an assortment of native and invasive plants.

Keep your eyes peeled for spotted lanternfly: This emerging threat is devastating Pennsylvania and is making its way north. IF YOU SEE IT, TELL US! When it gets here, it will eat our trees. See this handy I.D. guide from NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.

Get Involved!


(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.