The Mianus River Gorge is a private, not-for-profit nature preserve and conservation organization. We protect and manage over 1,000 acres of land in the Mianus Watershed.
The lands we protect also provide habitat for hundreds of species of animals, plants, and fungi, as well as important microbes in the soil and water. The actions and interactions of all of this life and the non-living environment lead to system processes that help filter pollution from water and air, produce fertile soil, sequester carbon, and maintain biodiversity. Gorge lands surround the Mianus River and its tributaries, which run directly into the Samuel J. Bargh Reservoir, and the ecosystem processes occurring here thus maintain safe drinking water for over 130,000 people in Greenwich, Stamford, CT; and Rye, Rye Brook, and Port Chester, NY.
The Mianus River Gorge as an organization has adopted the philosophy of land management. This is the idea that, in the face of numerous negative impacts, it is not enough to simply protect land — one must also conduct management actions to offset negative impacts or improve ecosystem health or function. The choices involved with what conservation action we should do and how we should accomplish them are very complex and involved scientific knowledge, personal and cultural values, and multiple spatial and temporal perspectives.
To better understand the ecosystem of the Gorge and the larger region we live in, and to make better management and conservation decisions, the Gorge also maintains an ambitious research program, integrated with three research-based education programs. More information on these activities can be found in the research section of the site.
Please explore these links in the left sidebar to learn more about our organization, the people that work here, and the publications we have produced.