Resoration of the Lower Burke Estate

Volunteers Needed!

Our work has only been possible due to the devoted efforts of community volunteers.

If you are interested in joining us, please e-mail us at and say you want to get involved at the Burke!


A small group of volunteers manages the restoration of the lower Burke Estate. They target:

  • Improving biodiversity

  • Protecting existing native plant populations

  • Mitigating impacts of invasive species

  • Maintaining paths and public accessibility

  • Managing trash and yard waste dumping

If you are interested in joining in on this work, sign up with the hastings vine squad!

Work so far

Native plantings

Seeds and transplants are continuously introduced (when seasonally appropriate) in order to build up a seed bank and breeding population of native plants.

The following list shows the plants/seeds introduced so far :

Burke Estate Native Plantings

Protected Deer Exclosures

The overpopulated White Tailed Deer selectively feed on native plants, fencing the deer out (exclosures) gives habitat back to our regionally appropriate plants and insects.

4'x4' deer exclosures built by HHS AP Environmental Science students

Cattail deer exclosure made of reclaimed materials

Path Maintenance

Throughout the year, trails are opened and maintained to enable access by both humans and wildlife.

Conservation and Stewardship

As the invasive plants have overtaken the Lower Burke, the existing native ecosystem has suffered. Volunteers steward the land through targeted invasive removal and plant management.

A grove of native Bebb's Willow (Salix bebbiana) which is stewarded by volunteers