Archive for May 2017

Support Native Plants in Halle Ravine by Volunteering with the PRLC

AlizahPlease join us for wildflower planting at Halle Ravine on Saturday, June 3rd, 10am to noon (link to directions).  Families and non-gardeners are welcome to participate and to learn more about the value of our native plants and what they can do to bring in more birds and butterflies at home.  Volunteers can assist with planting, watering, or removing non-native invasive species.  We will have more than 200 plants on hand, all grown from locally collected seed and raised at the Armstrong Preserve and Education Center’s native plant nursery.  Please bring a shovel or garden trowel if you have one.  We will have some to share.

Our goal is to establish a native plant community in place of the thick stand of invasives that formerly dominated the entrance and pond edges.  Wildflowers will help to fill space between the 200 young tree and shrub saplings that were planted during our Arbor Day Celebration last month, anchoring and shielding the soil while providing food for insects and birds.  We hope to see these native plants become established and to begin to spread outside of their protective deer cages next year.  Please email Krista if you would like to volunteer your gardening, photography, or other skills to this project on another date (landsteward@prlc.net).

IMG_5389This volunteer event is part of our larger restoration efforts at Halle Ravine and is supported with funding from neighbors like you and by the New York State Conservation Partnership Program (NYSCPP) and New York’s Environmental Protection Fund. The NYSCPP in administered by the Land Trust Alliance, in coordination with the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

 

 

Native Plant-Insect Associations of Species Selected for Halle Ravine Restoration Planting

Common name Latin name Bees Butterflies Moths Other Notable species
Blue-stem goldenrod Solidago caesia x x
Cardinal Flower Lobelia cardinalis x Ruby-throated hummingbird, Swallowtail butterflies
Climbing boneset Mikania scandens x x x
Columbine Aquilegia canadensis x x Ruby-throated hummingbird
Common boneset Eupatorium perfoliatum x x Baltimore checkerspot butterfly
Common heartleaf aster Symphyotrichum cordifolium x American lady, Pearl crescent, Saddleback caterpillar
Evening primrose Oenothera x x x
Figwort species Scrophularia x
Flat topped aster Doellingeria umbellate x American lady, Pearl crescent
Gray goldenrod Solidago nemoralis x x x
Great blue lobelia Lobelia siphilitica x
Horse mint Monarda punctata x
Meadowsweet Spirea alba x x x
Tall meadow rue Thalictrum pubescens x
White wood aster Eurybea divaricatus x American lady, Pearl crescent
Wild bergamot Monarda fistulosa x x x

 

Community Celebration of Arbor Day at Halle Ravine

Arbor Day 2017 Al and Vita (1)Pound Ridge’s Arbor Day Tree Planting and Celebration at Halle Ravine on April 28, 2017 was a grand success!  Twenty-five people planted two hundred trees and shrubs in designated areas around the northern-most pond, which is visible from Trinity Pass near the Preserve entrance.  We are grateful for their service in helping us to achieve our goal to enhance native understory forest in a 1.5 acre area that we just cleared of invasive Winged euonymus (aka Burningbush), with the long term plan of supporting native songbirds and other wildlife through habitat management.

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We received funding for this work from the New York State Conservation Partnership Program (NYSCPP) and New York’s Environmental Protection Fund. The NYSCPP in administered by the Land Trust Alliance, in coordination with the state Department of Environmental Conservation.  We also partnered with the Town of Pound Ridge Conservation Board, the Henry Morgenthau Nature Preserve, The Invasives Project-Pound Ridge, and our local troop of Girl Scouts for this event.  Members of the Pound Ridge Garden Club generously donated a shuttle service to and from the Town Park, to alleviate the limited parking situation at Halle, and they helped to plant as well.  Special guest Brad Gurr of Bartlett Tree Experts donated 100 oak and sycamore saplings and taught volunteers how to properly plant them.  New York State Electric and Gas donated Eastern redbud saplings, and PRLC’s Prop Lab grew many others like Elderberry, Swamp rose, and Buttonbush.

Plantings were flagged temporarily for identification and watering, and most will be fenced from deer with either individual cages or perimeter fencing.  We plan to add flowering herbaceous plants to these sites at our June 3 Volunteer Work Session to support pollinator insects and nectarivores.  Please join us in supporting the restoration of Halle Ravine’s native forests by pitching in as a volunteer or making a donation to our Spring Fundraiser.  This is a wonderful way to meet your neighbors and enjoy the woodlands we hold dear.

More pics coming soon!