Boutillier's Brook

A Stream that Flows from Ravensdale Woods to the Saw Mill River

Planting on Farragut Parkway

Headwaters are critical ecosystems that contribute to the life of rivers. Read this article from American Rivers to understand the imperative for protecting small streams. Fifty volunteers planted 65 trees and 285 shrubs on May 15th, 2021.

When it's dry, you can help water the plant babies! Click here to sign up. Sessions will only appear when needed. Thanks to Groundwork Hudson Valley's Green Team for offering to water summer Fridays!

We are restoring the streamside buffer of this tributary to the Saw Mill through NYS DEC's Trees for Tribs grant program, which supports Hudson Valley communities in tributary stewardship projects by providing expertise and materials. We are grateful to Groundwork Hudson Valley's Green Team, which helped complete the planting, and to NYS DOT, who gave us permission to work in this area.

DEC provided the following species, plus tree tubes, weed mats and training:

TREES (65)

8 Red Maple (Acer rubrum)

5 Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum)*

12 River Birch (Betula nigra)

5 Ironwood/Blue beech (Carpinus caroliniana)

4 Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)

2 Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera)*

4 Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)

8 Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor)*

6 Red Oak (Quercus rubra)*

5 Black Willow (Salix nigra)*

4 Basswood (Tilia americana)

SHRUBS (285)

10 Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis)*

20 Silky Dogwood (Cornus amomum)

20 Gray Dogwood (Cornus racemosa)

25 Red-Osier Dogwood (Cornus sericea)

5 Hazelnut (Corylus americana)

5 Witchhazel (Hamamelis virginiana)*

10 Winterberry (Ilex verticilatta)

15 Northern Bayberry (Myrica pensylvanica)*

25 Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius)

5 Staghorn sumac (Rhus typhia)*


10 Winged Sumac (Rhus copallinum)*

25 Swamp Rose (Rosa palustris)*

15 Virginia Rose (Rosa virginiana)*

25 Pussy Willow (Salix discolor)*

25 Prairie Willow (Salix humilis)*

25 Sandbar Willow (Salix interior)*

20 Nannyberry (Viburnum lentago)*

Our long-term vision. The section we are restoring first is on NYS DOT (Dept of Transportation) property, for which we were awarded a work permit. Not addressed here is our goal of restoring the northern spurs (see right) above Nepperhan Avenue, which are on neglected Village property. The western spur was used as an unofficial dump for years. See this photo album for pics.

Trees for Tribs Application Exit 12/Saw Mill River Area

Boutillier's Brook's northern spurs. It wends through Village property, between Farragut Ave and Farragut Parkway.

19th Century Maps

1870 map of Mrs. T. Le Boutillier's property, over which the brook flowed. Note that the brook starts on Mrs. M. Lefurgy's land in a small pond next to a quarry. That small pond is still there, in a backyard just north of Ravensdale Road at Rosedale. This map shows the brook continuing onto Equitable Insurance Company land, but doesn't show the brook's full course.

This 1867 map, from a slightly different angle, shows the brook, beginning near the quarry on land then owned by Mrs. Riker, flowing over T. Le Boutilier's land (here with one "L"), crossing Farragut Avenue onto L. Pignolet's property, and finally joining the Saw Mill River on Frank Curry's farm.

The brook's course now runs under Ravensdale Road, through Dan Rile Park, and then under Fenwick and Brandford Roads and Farragut Avenue. It emerges in a forgotten triangle of Village land where it is joined by a western tributary. It then travels behind the homes on Nepperhan Avenue, crosses under Farragut Parkway, wends through a wooded section, and recrosses under Farragut Parkway. Finally, it joins the Saw Mill River at the corner of Farragut Parkway and the Saw Mill River Parkway.