Mianus River Gorge awarded Land Trust Alliance grant

The Land Trust Alliance announced that Mianus River Gorge was awarded a 2016 New York State Conservation Partnership Program grant for its Native Species Triage: Invasive Species Control & Herbaceous Community Restoration project.

The New York State Conservation Partnership Program, which is administered by the Alliance in coordination with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, is funded through the Environmental Protection Fund. The Mianus River Gorge once had more than 250 species of wildflowers, many rare and some only found in its irreplaceable old-growth forest. Over the years, deer, invasive species, human encroachment, illegal collecting and a variety of threats have eliminated some species or made them locally rare. This loss is not only of aesthetic concern; this loss has an adverse impact on the stability and viability of the forest.

MRG plans to re-establish, expand and make permanent deer exclosures located within the Preserve to use as sources for native herbaceous plant seed. Two of these exclosures have been fenced for many years and presently have abundant populations of certain wildflowers species. These exclosures, along with other sources where there are abundant seed sources, will be used to collect seed and experiment with the conditions required to restore and re-introduce wildflowers and other herbaceous plants. MRG also will restore an existing vegetable garden that will be transformed into a native species nursery.

Species that were common in the Gorge 30 years ago, and are now very rare, include Trillium, Blue Cohosh, Solomon’s Seal, and wild ginger, just to name a few. Successful restoration of these species within the Gorge would have broad implications for similar restoration activities in landscapes on other land trust and private properties and could prove valuable in helping buffer ecological communities, particularly on steep slopes, from the effects of climate change.

Mianus River Gorge, located in Bedford, NY, 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. mianus.org.

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