The Pound Ridge Land Conservancy will host our annual Arbor Day Tree Planting and Celebration, in conjunction with the Town of Pound Ridge Conservation Board, on Friday April 27 at Carolin’s Grove. Volunteers are welcome to arrive between 10am and 4 pm to plant one tree or as many as they like. Our friends at Bartlett Tree Experts have donated 100 native tree saplings and will be on hand to provide instruction and answer questions. We will provide gloves and tools and plan to work just a short distance from the parking area at 220 Stone Hill Road.
Expect to receive expert guidance on planting techniques that you can use at home, as well as advice on what native plants to choose for home landscaping and restoration projects. This project is supported by the Arbor Day Foundation, Bartlett Tree Experts, The Winfield Family Foundation, and the Conservation Partnership Program of the Land Trust Alliance. We are grateful for their assistance in fostering the growth of healthy new forest in Carolin’s Grove and for the opportunity to involve people like you in maintaining our healthy environment.
If you are interested in obtaining two free trees for your own use, please see the flyer here or go to www.arborday.org/poundridge. Make sure to apply before April 15th, and remember to pick up your trees on April 27 or 28 at the Pound Ridge Townhouse. This program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, DEC, NYSEG, and Pound Ridge Conservation Board.
Volunteers are invited to join our work sessions in both September and October in Carolin’s Grove, where we are working to restore forest to about an acre of storm-damaged woods. On September 9, we will work from 10am to noon to clear areas of invasive Japanese stilt grass to prepare them for planting. On October 14, we will plant grass seed and wildflowers in sunlit gaps to support pollinators and other animals during the transition back to forest. Come back, if you have volunteered here before, and be amazed at what’s growing up in Carolin’s Grove now!
Have you driven past Carolin’s Grove recently and noticed the work we have done to clear out some of treefall from Hurricane Sandy? Well, it’s time to stop in and take a few minutes to see the change. With funding from the family of the original donors of this Preserve and support from the Land Trust Alliance, we hired a tree crew, Emerald Organic, to remove dead and downed trees that prevented us from accessing the area for management of invasive species and native plant protection. This part of the forest is now safe for visitors to explore.
While there are large gaps among the towering spruce trees in the Grove, there are also many young saplings, some already above the height of deer browse. We aim to influence the regeneration of this forest to include a mix of deciduous trees and conifers, with berry and nut producing shrubs in the understory to support birds and other wildlife. This month and next, volunteers and students including the entire third grade at Pound Ridge Elementary School will help to plant in the largest forest gaps. More volunteers are always welcome, including those who can stop by and water during dry periods in summer.
We have White pine, Pitch pine, Eastern red cedar, American hazelnut and Northern bayberry saplings to plant, some of which were donated by the New York State School Seedling Program. We are also going to plant wildflowers that are important for pollinating insects, such as Grey goldenrod, Milkweed, and Wild bergamot, grown in our own native plant nursery at the Armstrong Preserve and Education Center. Please see this blog post for more information on the PRLC Prop Lab.