Pound Ridge Targets Invasive Species for I.S. Awareness Week

Concerned organizations in Northern Westchester have scheduled three events in Pound Ridge to

acknowledge Invasive Species Awareness Week, July 9 – 15. On July 11, from 6:45 to 8 p.m., the

Pound Ridge Library, 271 Westchester Ave, and The Invasives Project will host an introduction to

invasive species with a video, Are Alien Plants Bad?, featuring Doug Tallamy. A ‘tasting’ of edible

invasive plants and informal discussion will follow the video. The event is free and open to the

public. Dr. Tallamy, Professor of Entomology at the University of Delaware, is the author of Bringing

Nature Home, the seminal work on the importance of native plants in our ecosystems and the dangers

posed by invasive species.

 

The second event, sponsored by the Pound Ridge Land Conservancy, is an in-the- field working

session at the Armstrong Preserve, 1361 Old Post Road. On July 13, from 10 a.m. to noon,

volunteers will learn how to identify and manage several invasive plants, including mile-a- minute

weed, phragmites, Oriental bittersweet, Japanese barberry, wineberry, Japanese stiltgrass, garlic

mustard, multiflora rose and others. To register for this event, contact Krista Munger at

landsteward@prlc.net.

 

The final event, another working session, is sponsored by the Westchester Land Trust and takes

place on July 15 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Zofnass Family Preserve/Westchester Wilderness Walk

in Pound Ridge. Volunteers will be led by the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference’s Strike Force

Linda Rohleder, Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (LH-PRISM)

Email: lrohleder@nynjtc.org

Phone: 201-512- 9348 Ex. 821

Conservation Corps crew, who will provide on-the- job training, enabling participants to recognize

invasive plants and learn how to manage them on their own properties. Participants should bring

work gloves and drinking water. Please register at http://nynjtc.org/events.

The Invasives Project, Pound Ridge Land Conservancy and Westchester Land Trust are members of

the Lower Hudson PRISM (our local Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management), a

group of concerned organizations and individuals who work together under the auspices of the New

York State Department of Environmental Conservation to prevent or minimize the harm caused by

invasive species. The eight PRISMs in New York State coordinate invasive species management,

recruit and train citizen volunteers, provide education and outreach, establish early detection

monitoring networks and implement direct eradication and control efforts. For more information,

see lhprism.org.