Restoration Funding is Finally Here!
Long-delayed due to the pandemic, Westchester County and New York State have disbursed $350,000 in grant monies, which covers the budget as originally outlined in Land Beyond the Sea's forest management plan. Parks & Rec are currently interviewing fencing companies and navigating post-pandemic materials shortages. Read about the County grant in the Rivertowns Enterprise.
Click for I.D. help and other information on our SLF webpage. You won't see this insect in the winter, but you may find its egg masses. Proper I.D. is critical, so you don't damage innocent look-alikes.
Working with HHS Senior Interns May-June 2022
They've done so much work!
HW's three senior interns reviewed every tubed and caged tree and recorded their data in Epicollect5. For tree stems that perished, they repurposed the tubes over volunteer tulip, sassafras and oak seedlings. Since these were born in the woods, they won't need watering. See our Replanting page for details. The seniors also planted DEC stems along Boutillier's Brook on Farragut Parkway, and removed Japanese barberry and mile-a-minute vine from Hillside Woods.
Tree Planting Project with Hastings Schools
Over 350 seedlings planted!
After a year of removing invasive brush, we've concluded a pilot planting project.
In May, High School AP Environmental Science students, buddying with 2nd graders, planted 130 seedlings and PE classes watered 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 - over 350 in HW! See our Replanting page for more info.
AP Environmental Science students from Hastings High School buddied with Hillside 2nd graders to plant 130 tree seedlings.
HWRP volunteers planted the rest of the heeled-in tree nursery. See the species we're planting in this first round on our Replanting page. Altogether we planted over 350 seedlings!
Thanks to our students, parent event volunteers, and Mayor Armacost for lending their hands! And to our fantastic HWRP volunteers.
Watering is Critical
HHS PE classes to the rescue! HHS Phys Ed classes watered the seedlings as needed, or three times a week in dry weather, through the end of school.
A big thank you to Mr. McCann and Mr. Kiely for engaging their PE students in Hillside Woods! The trees would not have survived without them.