2017 has been a very productive year at Mianus River Gorge. Supported by generous donors like you, we have been able to continue our work to preserve and protect the land that comprises the watershed surrounding the Mianus River.
MRG recently completed two important restoration projects funded by Westchester Community Foundation, Land Trust Alliance, Patagonia, and other generous donors. These successful wetlands and wildflower restoration projects helped improve the biodiversity of the Gorge’s flora and fauna by removing non-native, invasive plant populations and replacing them with native plants, shrubs, and trees
With an eye toward permanent conservation solutions, MRG is finalizing several land acquisitions and conservation easements that will close by year end. We are grateful for your support of MRG’s commitment to acquire land for permanent conservation.
MRG’s Gotham Coyote Project and new Bear Activity and Occurrence Study help us understand how these large species are responding to change as well as impacting our area as they expand their range into new ecological and human communities. MRG biologists provide education to the broader community on coyote and bear ecology, teach us how to minimize risk, and share best practices regarding coexistence with coyotes and bears.
Once again, MRG’s award-winning education program provided a cadre of talented high school, undergraduate and graduate students with an unparalleled, experiential ecology research opportunity at the Gorge. With your help, MRG is training the next generation of scientists, critical thinkers, and conservation-minded citizens.
Lastly, if you have hiked our trails since Labor Day, we apologize for the partial trail closure. For many years the Preserve’s trails have crossed private property for a short section, but that access has been suspended. We are working diligently to ensure that visitors have access to the southern part of the Preserve. We promise to keep you updated.
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.