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Learn to Identify Invasive Plants at our June 2 Volunteer Work Session

Our June 2 volunteer work session will be held at the Armstrong Preserve on June 2 at 10am-noon (link to map).  Participants will receive tips on how to identify invasive plants that negatively affect forest and watershed health.  Learn to protect native ecology in your own backyard by removing or controlling the spread of these undesirable plants, including Asiatic bittersweet vines, Japanese barberry, wineberry, and burningbush.  Join our Garlic Mustard Challenge and pull this tasty but environmentally noxious weed by the pound to make your own pesto!  We will meet at the kiosk and work nearby.  Please wear long pants and sleeves to protect your skin from ticks and thorns, and bring thick leather gloves and a shovel if you have them.  We will have some gloves and tools to share.  For more information or to register, please contact Krista at landsteward@prlc.net or 914-205-3533.

 

May 5, 2018 Volunteer Work Session at Halle Ravine, 10am to noon

Old and new volunteers will enjoy working in this beautiful nature preserve on any number of projects we have lined up for this season.  Tree fall took it toll on bridges, trails, and benches late this winter and repairs will continue into May.  We also need volunteers to help maintain forest and watershed health by removing invasive species in an emerging canopy gap off-trail in the preserve.  Participants can learn to identify native vs. non-native invasive species, and how to manage them, and will see and hear birds, frogs, and other signs of Spring.  All ages are welcome.  Parking is available at the preserve entrance on Trinity Pass near the intersection with Donbrook Road.  Please plan to arrive by 10am or find us along the trail.  Please direct questions to Krista at landsteward.educator@prlc.net or call 914-205-3533.

Plant a Tree for Arbor Day in Carolin's Grove, Friday April 27

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. 

Volunteer Work Session April 14, 2018

Calling all volunteers to Isaacson Preserve on Saturday, April 14th, from 10am to noon.  We need extra hands to clip Asiatic bittersweet vines that are beginning to overtake young forest on this rare marble ridge.  It’s fairly easy and very satisfying work that anyone can do at home.  We should be in full swing of amphibian breeding and songbird migration by then, with spring ephemeral wildflowers in bloom too.  This trail-less preserve is not generally open to the public and has only one dedicated parking space.  Volunteers should park at nearby Halle Ravine and walk north along Donbrook Road onto Dogwood Hills Road (link to map).  PRLC staff will meet you at the preserve entrance near 15 Dogwood Hills Road and will have gloves and tools to share.  Please bring long-handled loppers or a handsaw if you have them.  To register for notice of weather-related cancellation and be added to our volunteer email list, please contact Krista at 914-205-3533 or landsteward.educator@prlc.net.

  

Let’s Talk Turtle: A Citizen Science and Volunteer Forum

The Pound Ridge Land Conservancy invites nature lovers of all ages to our Citizen Science and Volunteer Forum, Let’s Talk Turtle, on February 25, 6pm, at the Armstrong Preserve and Education Center in Pound Ridge (map).  Participants will meet two ambassador turtles and learn what to do when they find a turtle, why turtles are declining regionally, and how to monitor and protect them, including how to become a trained wildlife rehabilitator.  High School and College students are encouraged to attend to learn about internships, training, and volunteer positions available with the PRLC and guest organizations.  Light refreshments will be served.   

Featured guest speakers for this program include Patricia Johnson, Wildlife Rehabilitator and Turtle Advocate; Steve Ricker, Director of Conservation and Wildlife Management at Westmoreland Sanctuary; and Krista Munger, PRLC’s Land Steward and Educator and longtime turtle biologist.  They will be joined by Kendall O’Connell, Naturalist at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation (WPRR) and Morgan Tunnell, a student researcher at Fox Lane High School (FLHS).

Patricia Johnson will address the common question of what to do when a turtle is encountered on the road, including when it is injured, and how to support wildlife rehabilitators or become one.  She trains new rehabbers and networks with organizations specializing in turtle conservation through Citizen Science programs.  Mr. Ricker will present on Westmoreland Sanctuary’s 20 year project to mark and release program for box turtles as well as painted turtles on its property.  The main objectives of this program are to recognize how many individuals the habitat supports and identify nesting and hibernating areas in hopes of protecting and enhancing these areas. Ms. O’Connell will recruit high-school aged Conservationists-in-Training to survey for turtles on WPPR.  Krista Munger will describe highlights of her work engaging young scientists in a long-term research project on Blanding’s turtle, including FLHS senior Morgan Tunnell, and will promote this season’s internships and volunteer opportunities at PRLC.  Information on how to apply is available on their website. www.prlc.net, and applicants are encouraged to attend.  Please register for this free event by contacting Krista at landsteward@prlc.net or 914-205-3533.

Link to Feb 25 2018 flyer

  

 

Announcing PRLC's 2018 Summer Internships

We are pleased to announce part-time Summer Internships available with the Pound Ridge Land Conservancy.  We plan to hire two college students as Preserve Steward interns to work on PRLC’s preserve management and outreach initiatives.  We will also engage two high school seniors in an independent senior-year work experience through their respective schools.  Applicants for the high school senior internships apply here.  Qualified applicants for the Preserve Steward Internships should email a cover letter and resume to Krista Munger at landsteward.educator@prlc.net by March 31, 2018.

Preserve Steward Internship Summer 2018

Desired: A college student in Environmental Studies or similar field to assist with trail maintenance, habitat restoration, mapping, research, and community outreach activities on lands that have been protected for their conservation value.  Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to conservation and community service and a desire for hands-on experience in scientific and land management projects.

About the Pound Ridge Land Conservancy (PRLC):  The PRLC is a non-profit land trust that owns and manages over 500 acres of wild land in Pound Ridge, New York.  Our preserves are home to thousands of plants and animals and are managed for the preservation of biodiversity as well as for the visiting public.  PRLC’s hub is located at the Armstrong Preserve and Education Center, 1361 Old Post Road in Pound Ridge, NY.  This is an off-the-grid facility where interns and volunteers learn environmentally sustainable practices and assist in educating others.  For more information, see our website, prlc.net.

Primary Responsibilities:  

  1. Maintain clear and safe hiking trails on PRLC nature preserves, including trail and kiosk signage and entrance visibility. 30%
  2. Assist in projects to monitor and manage invasive species. 30%
  3. Collect data on deer browse pressure, ash tree mortality, and plant density and survival. 10%
  4. Participate in outreach programs to inform and engage the public on conservation issues, including production of a slideshow or video presentation and written report on the internship experience. 30%

Training and Supervision:  Interns will be trained and supervised by PRLC’s Land Steward & Educator, Krista Munger with support from the Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management.  They will learn the safe use of tools, sustainable stewardship techniques, innovate research solutions, and plant and animal identification.  Interns will gain experience in providing leadership to younger volunteers on the team and occasionally work with partner organizations on local conservation initiatives.

Qualifications:  Candidates will have an educational background in the natural sciences or documented experience in the outdoors.  Experience with GIS or video production is desired.  Applicants should be capable of working full or half days in the field (in the heat, amidst insects and other wildlife) and must be able to use hand tools.

Schedule:   The internship runs for ten weeks.  Interns must start between May 30 and June 6 and work until August 15.  Work days are generally 5 days per week, choice of days Monday through Saturday, 9am to 1pm. Interns are required to attend a public presentation of our work on August 15, 6pm-8pm.

Compensation:   A stipend of $1250.00 will be provided.  Housing is not offered for this internship.

To apply:  Email a resume and cover letter by 3/31/18 to Krista Munger at landsteward.educator@prlc.net. Please label attachments with your name.

 

 

 

Opportunities To Get Involved In 2018

What’s on tap with the Pound Ridge Land Conservancy in 2018? Our Land Steward and Educator, Krista Munger, will present a series of free educational and service events at PRLC nature preserves starting with our annual Citizen Science and Volunteer Forum on February 25 at the Armstrong Preserve and Education Center.  We will feature local turtle conservation projects that incorporate volunteers and will be recruiting interns and volunteers for our summer program.  Letters of interest about internships may be addressed to Krista at landsteward@prlc.net.  Volunteers of all ages are always welcome.  We hold our first Saturday volunteer work session on March 3 at 10am at the Clark Preserve.  Please register ahead to receive notice of cancellation or change due to weather. 

Hiking trails are open ever day from dawn to dusk at the following PRLC preserves: Armstrong, Bye, Carolin’s Grove, Clark, Halle Ravine, Richards, and Russell.  Please leash dogs for safety and to protect wildlife.  For questions on our dog policy please email us at info@prlc.net.

Date Time Type of Event Location Title
2/25 6pm-730pm Outreach Armstrong Volunteer Recruitment Night: Special topic on opportunities to become involved in local turtle conservation projects
3/3 10am-12pm Volunteer Work Session Clark Invasive Species Management: Remove barberry to maintain watershed forest health
4/14 10am-12pm Volunteer Work Session Isaacson Invasive Species Management: Autumn olive and Asiatic bittersweet
4/22 2pm-4pm Guided Hike Armstrong Earth Day Tour of Vernal Pool and Woodland Wildflowers
4/27 10am-4pm Volunteer Work Session Carolin’s Grove Arbor Day Celebration and Tree Planting
5/5 10am-12pm Volunteer Work Session Halle Ravine Invasive Species Management: Follow up on Euonymus and Bittersweet Cutting
5/20 2pm-4pm Guided Hike Halle Ravine Big Trees: Saving Ash and Hemlock in an Ancient Forest
6/2 10am-12pm Volunteer Work Session Armstrong Invasive Species Management: Garlic Mustard Challenge and Species Identification Training
6/10 2-4pm Guided Hike Bye Preserve A Second Look at Ferns and Mosses

Growing up in Carolin's Grove

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!

Carolin's Grove 2012

Carolin's Grove 2015 tree clearing (12)IMG_20170530_133756459IMG_20170801_114040890

Trail improvements at Richards Preserve

IMG_20170401_114905140Ten volunteers helped out at our April 1 work session held at the Richards Preserve.  A team of four installed a water bar at the entrance to divert storm water from flowing into and eroding the trail system.  Another team of four worked to create natural dams and obstructions that will capture sediment eroding from trails.  Then, we all joined forces to remove Japanese barberry, an invasive shrub, from the entrance to the Preserve.  We received grant funds from the Watershed Agricultural Council to clear barberry from one acre there this year.   We also received funding from the Land Trust Alliance in support of our work to provide public access at Richards and to maintain the health of its habitats.  Fortunately, the rest of this beautiful older-growth forest is free of invasives.   Take the loop trail in either direction, and make sure to take in the reservoir view from the far end.

 

Volunteers Dig in at Clark Preserve

IMG_20170304_102810773_HDRFive new student volunteers stayed warm by working hard at our first Saturday Volunteer Work Session of the year last week at the Clark Preserve.  We worked together to clear Japanese barberry and other invasive plant species from an area near the entrance to the preserve, on Autumn Ridge Road in Pound Ridge. The students were able to draw connections between what they saw and learned about in the forest, and what they have in their yards at home.  They asked important questions: “how did invasive species get here?” (They were brought in by nurseries for sale as landscaping plants, in many cases.)  And, the kids want to know what is edible, trying out garlic mustard and onion grass and black birch.  We talked about making syrup from Sugar maples, and how you can know you are looking at a maple even at this time of year (by the buds and pattern of branching).  Curiosity flows freely in the outdoors.

We are grateful for the assistance of volunteers in maintaining the health of this seventy acre forest, and we look forward to spending more time out on the land this season.  Join for our next Saturday Volunteer Work Session on April 1 at Richard’s Preserve on Honey Hollow Road, 10am to noon.  We will be making improvements to the entrance to the preserve including installation of a water bar to direct road runoff out of the trail.  Please bring a shovel if you have one, and wear long sleeves and pants for protection from thorns.

Barberry at ClarkIMG_20170304_102857738

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