The Restoration of the
Lower Burke Estate
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
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, email us!
Before and After Ongoing Restoration Efforts
full of invasive phragmites and porcelain berry
native grasses and forbs have returned
area inaccessible to people
now a beautiful glade, providing relief on hot days
native willows full of vines, deadfall, and surrounded by invasive shrubs
Willows now unimpeded and lush
factory brook flowed through invasive phragmites
waterway now has free movement with a green buffer, giving wildlife easy access to fresh water
phragmites manually cleared
250 native trees and shrubs planted
biodiversity improving every day
Work so far
Seeds and transplants are continuously introduced (when seasonally appropriate) in order to build up a seed bank and breeding population of native plants.
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.
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.
Throughout the year, trails are opened and maintained to enable access by both humans and wildlife.
What could this place be?
We hope to restore the Burke Estate wetlands to the healthiest ecosystem possible. Every ecological community is home to a unique blend of native species and their interrelationships. By understanding this community we can seek to restore the necessary building blocks that support vibrate stable biodiversity.
The New York Natural Heritage Program is a group which provides comprehensive information on our states ecological communities.
NYNHP classifies the Lower Burke estate as a shallow emergent marsh. Below is the official description of shallow emergent marshes from their publication Ecological Communities of New York State - Second Edition.
Shallow emergent marsh: a marsh meadow community that occurs on mineral soil or deep muck soils (rather than true peat), that are permanently saturated and seasonally flooded. This marsh is better drained than a deep emergent marsh; water depths may range from 15 cm to 1 m (6 in to 3.3 ft) during flood stages, but the water level usually drops by mid to late summer and the substrate is exposed during an average year. This is a very broadly defined type that includes several distinct variants and many intermediates. Shallow emergent marshes are very common and quite variable. They may be codominated by a mixture of species, or have a single dominant species. It is likely that an individual occurrence of shallow emergent marsh will not include all of the species listed below.