Halle Neighborhood Gathering on 4/30/16

Photo Credit: Lisl Steiner

On Saturday, April 30, 2016, the Pound Ridge Land Conservancy, with the generous collaboration and assistance of the Westchester Land Trust, hosted an informative social gathering at the lovely home of PRLC Treasurer Pamela Corey and her husband Troy, in celebration of the Halle Ravine Preserve.   The gathering was attended by more than 25 friends and neighbors of the Halle Ravine, who were treated to excellent hors d’oeuvres and wine and glorious spring weather.   President Mike Kagan introduced Pamela Corey, who gave a brief history of Hiram Halle’s love for the Ravine and determination to preserve it forever by purchasing the land and donating it to  the Nature Conservancy, who later turned it over to the Pound Ridge Land Conservancy.   WLT Director of Stewardship Tate Bushell spoke of the work of WLT and their close relationship with PRLC.   PRLC Land Steward, Krista Munger, gave a lively and educational talk about the important flora and ecology of the Ravine, complete with demonstrational materials.   Ms. Munger identified, with samples, several invasive plants that are presently being targeted for control not only in our town generally but in the Ravine, and stressed the importance of each landowner doing the same on their own properties.  WLT provided a native potted fern to guests to take home.

Ms. Munger also spoke of the projects that PRLC is undertaking in the Ravine this year and next, including the preparation of a certified management plan; introduction and protection of native plants in substitution for invasives as they are removed; the upgrading of bridges and steps along the trails; and the installation of additional tree identification signs for at least 15 species, to further Hiram Halle’s vision of the Ravine as a “living museum.” Longer term projects include the construction and reopening of the bridge and trailway over the dam; and the creation of expanded and safer parking along the Trinity Pass entrance to the Preserve.

Guests contributed generously to the funding needed for the various projects, which together with Land Trust Alliance grant funds will go a long way to making the planned projects a reality.   PRLC is always seeking volunteers and contributions to further its goals, both in the Halle Ravine and in its additional 17 preserves throughout Town.   For more information, go to www.PRLC.net.