Westchester Community Foundation funds Mianus River Gorge to continue its “Source to Sound” initiative
Thanks to a grant from the Westchester Community Foundation, MRG will continue its work in wetlands assessment and evaluation, moving into the lower from the upper watershed. MRG scientists will map the remaining wetland resources using GIS technology and, through intensive field work, identify the most critical wetlands to determine whether they are functioning effectively.
In the 2016 phase of the study, MRG identified a particularly damaged wetland in dire need of restoration. With funding from Westchester Community Foundation (WCF), MRG’s Source to Sound Phase II initiative will include a major restoration project that we anticipate will enable the wetland to regain its functionality and health.
The compromised wetland, called Lockwood Pond, is choked with every type of invasive plant and vine imaginable: porcelain berry, allanthus, phragmites, Japansese bittersweet, multi-flora rose, mugwort, and many more. MRG plans to restore Lockwood Pond at the headwaters of the Piping Brook corridor while simultaneously serving as a model for wetland restoration best practices.
Following a carefully designed restoration plan and protecting any surviving native plants, MRG must “start from scratch” by completely removing invasive species and discarded / abandoned construction materials (rip rap, boulders, cinder blocks) from this former potential housing site.
We will replant the wetland with hardy, native herbaceous plants, shrubs, and trees, such as spicebush, sedge, rushes, etc., and demonstrate the benefits of designing and implementing effective wetlands remediation solutions where needed throughout the Mianus River watershed.
MRG has an opportunity to link this project with other collaborative efforts to preserve and protect the watershed; create riparian corridors for migrating butterflies and pollinators; better educate local municipalities and private landowners about responsible stewardship; improve applicants’ wetland mitigation strategies, and legally protect certain wetlands in perpetuity.
Mianus River Gorge is most grateful for the support of this prestigious foundation.
Westchester Community Foundation’s (WCF) mission is to develop and manage philanthropic resources, and to distribute them in a way that is responsive to donor interests and community needs. The Foundation actively promotes charitable giving on behalf of the area’s nonprofit organizations. WCF is a division of The New York Community Trust, one of the largest community foundations in the country, with assets of approximately $2.6 billion. For more information, visit www.wcf-ny.org.