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!
Volunteers of all ages are invited to join us for a fall planting session in the reforestation area at Carolin’s Grove. We plan to meet at 10am in the parking lot on Stone Hill Road, just west of the Pound Ridge Library, and to work until noon. Please bring a shovel if you have one. We will have some to share. Participants will spread seed or plant wildflowers and saplings grown in our native nursery at the Armstrong Preserve, and can learn how to choose and grow native plants for their own properties.
PRLC’s Land Steward and Educator, Krista Munger, will be on-hand to guide planters and to answer questions. If you can’t make the work session but would like to help with native plant restoration in Pound Ridge, contact Krista at email@example.com or call 914-205-3533. Many thanks to our volunteers who planted this Spring – the results are outstanding!
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.