Your support of Mianus River Gorge goes a long way toward protecting the finite land and water resources that are so important to all of us. With your help, Mianus River Gorge works to protect the Mianus River watershed and make certain the Mianus River remains a sustainable drinking water supply.
We are grateful to you for supporting our commitment to acquire land through purchase as we continue to build a land fund for that purpose. This year, Mianus River Gorge acquired a 4.87-acre land parcel from generous neighbors who share the MRG’s vision of adding to the Preserve for the benefit of present and future generations.
In 2016, MRG built a native plant nursery and planted it with seed sourced from the deer exclosures in the Preserve. The long-term goal is to restore wildflowers that were once abundant in the Gorge. 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 wildflower restoration project will ultimately help restore biodiversity in the Gorge’s old-growth forest.
MRG also welcomed a new Preserve Manager, Budd Veverka, who has enthusiastically taken on myriad land protection tasks, from battling invasive vines to building a new deer exclosure. His work maintaining the trails promises to make your enjoyment of the five miles of hiking trails along the Gorge even better.
Finally, MRG scientists continue to mentor high school, undergraduate and graduate students whose ecology work contributes to land conservation. The success of Mianus River Gorge’s research and education programs has been assessed in real-world accomplishments: awards and degrees received, published research papers, and the subsequent post-graduate endeavors of our former students.
Mianus River Gorge relies on your generosity to carry out its mission. Your donation has an immediate impact on helping us to protect our shared land and water resources, educate our youth, and manage Mianus River Gorge Preserve.
Please send your gift to Mianus River Gorge today or go to the Get Involved tab on the homepage to make your donation online. We promise to use it wisely. Thank you!