Mile-a-Minute weed pull at Mianus River Gorge Saturday

Volunteers will pull the invasive Mile-a-Minute vine from Mianus River Gorge Saturday, Aug. 15, from 9-noon, meet at the parking lot at Mianus River Gorge (across from 167 Mianus River Road).

Mile-a-Minute (Persicaria perfoliata) is an annual vine capable of growing six inches per day and over 20 feet over the course of a growing season. It smothers perennials, shrubs and trees with its dense mats of rampant growth, cutting off sunlight and ultimately causing death. It can survive in a wide range of soils and will quickly colonize disturbed areas, as well as roadsides, uncultivated fields, wetlands, and the edge of the woods. It prefers full sun but can tolerate some shade.

Mile-a-Minute in the Mianus River Gorge is of particular concern because of the gorge’s ecological significance. The Mianus River Gorge was the first registered Natural History Landmark in the country. It was also the first property acquired and protected by The Nature Conservancy in 1954 because of the magnificent old-growth hemlock forest that grows there. Some of the hemlocks are 350 years old and 100 feet tall.

With volunteers pulling together, we can have an immediate impact and gain satisfaction in a job well done. Volunteers should wear clothes they don’t mind getting dirty-long sleeves and pants will help reduce scratches-and a good pair of gardening/work gloves. This is a great opportunity for families, friends, scouts, and students on summer break.

Mianus River Gorge, located in Bedford, N.Y., works to protect and promote appreciation of the natural heritage of the Mianus River watershed through land acquisition, conservation science, research, and education throughout the region.

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