Protect Our Woods

A Community Effort to Support Ecosystem Restoration Projects in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

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2023: The Village has issued an RFB to fencing companies for the installation of deer exclosure fencing.

Late 2022: The Village repaired storm damage and improved the path from Chemka Pool to Sugar Pond. (See some pics of the work in progress at the bottom of this Village msg.)

Learn about Hillside Woods and the Restoration Project

Eastern box turtle in the Meadow, summer 2021

Despite its ragged condition, Hillside 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.

A scout troop volunteering in the Burke Estate

Boutillier's Brook Trees for Tribs project @Exit 12

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:

Protects Our Woods supports the Hastings-on-Hudson:

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