Please help us protect 73 acres!

Update, 12/15/2014: Since we posted this appeal, we have raised $550,000 and made it to $2.55 million out of the $2.8 total.  Only $250,000 to go!  Thank you to everyone who has donated!


 

We will soon be purchasing 73 acres adjacent to our property along Mianus River Road and East Middle Patent Road in North Castle.  This property, known as the Levene property, is the #1 priority property for the Gorge as ranked by our land matrix used to evaluate land parcels for protection. 

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The 73-acre Levene parcel (click for larger view).

This 73 acre parcel on East Middle Patent Rd includes the Piping Brook headwaters, a pristine tributary to the Mianus River — the source of  drinking water for over 100,000 people in CT and NY.  A single parcel of 73 acres of undeveloped land is a rarity in our area, and the opportunity for us to protect it forever is happening now.

In addition to funds from the Gorge’s own land fund, we have had the help of generous donors, foundations, and the Town of North Castle to raise over $2,000,000.  We now need to raise $850,000 to fund the balance of the purchase and ensure that this property is added to the Mianus River Gorge PreserveWe are down to the wire and need your help!

Please consider making a donation for this cause

You can use the PayPal button below, or go to our Donation page to see other options.

 

Why is protecting the Levene property important for our community and our environment?

  • Piping Brook, a tributary to the Mianus River, runs through the property and provides clean drinking water to the Bargh Reservoir.  Development of this property would threaten the quality of this waterway.
  • The property is a corridor for wildlife and this parcel links separate Gorge lands from both north-south and east-west.
  • This property contains many acres of vernal pools, wetlands, and flood plains — important areas for water filtration and homes for rare plants and animals.  The west side of Piping Brook in particular is is rich in rare native wildflowers.
  • This property is made up of lowland wetlands and hardwood forests, “high-and-dry” ridgeline habitats, and rocky steep slopes.  Thus, in addition to a lot of raw acreage, this property contains an array of habitat types that serve as home for many native species.

If you would like to learn more about this acquisition, please email Rod Christie at rchristie@mianus.org or call 914-234-3455.

Use AmazonSmile to support Mianus River Gorge

This time of year many will be making online purchases, several likely through Amazon.com. We ask that you consider making your purchases through Amazon Smile, an easy program where Mianus River Gorge can receive a .5% donation from Amazon for every purchase you make. It’s simple and free to use. To link your purchases to our Smile account, please use the link below when logging in to Amazon.


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11/7/2014: Conservation Cafe on Citizen Science

FIND OUT ABOUT “CITIZEN SCIENCE” AT THE NEXT CONSERVATION CAFE

Learn how you can participate in scientific research happening in your own backyard and help make a positive impact on the environment during People Power: How Citizen Science Is Changing the Way Scientists Work, to be presented during the Conservation Café on Friday, November 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at the Westchester County Center in White Plains.

Citizen science is professionally-led research conducted in tandem with community-based volunteers. Citizen scientists learn valuable skills in order to collect and submit data, share experiences, and spread essential information, all while observing nature with a critical lens. In turn, these large, open volunteer networks often allow researchers to accomplish tasks that would be too expensive or time-consuming to accomplish through other means.

Speakers for the program include:

°         Dr. John Rowden, Research and Grants Manager at National Audubon Society, who will discuss the large-scale citizen science projects with which he has been involved;

 °         Dr. Chris Nagy, Director of Research and Land Management at Mianus River Gorge, who will share how local citizen science initiatives help maintain and restore native communities and ecosystem function across the region;

 °         Dr. Linda Rohleder, Director of Land Stewardship at New York-New Jersey Trails Conference, will speak about her recent efforts leading the citizen science-driven Invasive Strike Force.  

 

A panel discussion with a question-and-answer session will follow the formal presentations. Additionally, a printed listing of local and regional citizen science projects will be distributed.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The program runs from 8:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Admission is free.

To receive free parking at the County Center lot, you must pre-register for the program by 5 p.m. on November 6 at: https://coccitizenscience.eventbrite.com; or evelyn@westchesterlandtrust.org; or call (914) 234-6992 ext. 22.

Conservation Café provides a forum for dialogue about current environmental issues. Sponsors are Westchester County Parks, Friends of Westchester County Parks, Pace University, Grassroots Environmental Education, Teatown Lake Reservation, the Greenburgh Nature Center, Federated Conservationists of Westchester County, Mianus River Gorge and Westchester Land Trust.

The Westchester County Center is located at 198 Central Avenue in White Plains, NY 10606.

Research Assitantship Program – Grant Proposal Deadline Extended to June 1

We’ve extended the deadline for 2014′s RAP applications to June 1. 

The RAP offers 3-years of funding for thesis research to graduate students investigating applied ecology in urban and suburban ecosystems. RAP students are awarded a grant of $5,000/yr for two (Master’s) or three (Doctoral) years.

More info is available here and the application is here.  Please email Chris Nagy at research@mianus.org if you have any questions.

Lecture: “The New NIMBY: Nature in My Backyard,” April 22nd

Come celebrate Earth Day and help kick off our Birds and Bees Wildlife Needs event series on Tuesday, April 22:

Dr. Chris Nagy will be giving a lecture entitled – “The New NIMBY: Nature in My Backyard.” Dr. Nagy will focus on the connectedness of animals, plants, and humans while highlighting the role that both preserves and private lands play in protecting the environment and our quality of life. Light refreshments will be served at 7:00, lecture begins at 7:30pm. Bedford Historic Hall, (608 Old Post Road, Bedford).

This talk is part of the Birds and Bees: Wildlife Needs event series brought to you by Bedford Audubon Society, Mianus River Gorge, Pound Ridge Land Conservancy and Westchester Land Trust.

About the lecturer: Dr. Nagy, Director of Science and Land Management at the Mianus River Gorge, is an ecologist whose research focuses on Eastern screech owls and coyotes in New York City, the effects and management of white-tailed deer, and protecting the biodiversity in suburban forests.

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Research Assistantship Program Grants – Now Accepting Applications for 2014

We’re now accepting applications for our Research Assistantship Program.  The RAP offers 3-years of funding for thesis research to graduate students investigating applied ecology in urban and suburban ecosystems. RAP students are awarded a grant of $5,000/yr for two (Master’s) or three (Doctoral) years.

The application deadline is May 1st.  More info is available here and the application is here.  Please email Chris Nagy at research@mianus.org if you have any questions.

UPDATE: Forests and Clean Water Lectures

The Bedford 2020: Forests and Clean Water lectures have been rescheduled for 7pm March 6th, at St. Mathew’s Church Parish House.

MRG Executive Director, Rod Christie, and TNC Director of Ecological Management in New York, Troy Weldy, will be giving talks on land and water protection in our area. 

Topics will include:

  • Significance of Forests to Life as We Know It
  • Forest Regeneration: Impact of Deer Browsing and Invasive Species
  • Strategies for Forest Regeneration and Water
  • Protection by Homeowners and Sanctuaries

For further info and to register please visit bedford2020.org

St. Mathew’s address: 382 Cantitoe St., Bedford, NY 10506

Forests and Clean Water Event, Thurs. 2/13 @ John Jay Homestead

Bedford 2020 is hosting a joint lecture on forest management and water protection this month.  MRG Executive Director, Rod Christie, and TNC Director of Ecological Management in New York, Troy Weldy, will be giving talks on land and water protection in our area. 

Topics will include:

  • Significance of Forests to Life as We Know It
  • Forest Regeneration: Impact of Deer Browsing and Invasive Species
  • Strategies for Forest Regeneration and Water
  • Protection by Homeowners and Sanctuaries

The event will be held on Thursday, February 13th at the John Jay Homestead in Katonah, NY.  There is no ticket charge, but registration is required.

For further info and to register please visit bedford2020.org

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2014 College Intership in Suburban Ecology (CISE) applications now being accepted

The application period for our 2014 College Intership in Suburban Ecology (CISE) program has begun. 

The CISE program offers summer or semester internships to college students and recent graduates who are interested in learning about the unique challenges facing urban/suburban natural resource managers. Through a variety of research and land management projects, interns are trained in the skills needed to pursue a successful career in the environmental sciences. College interns work individually and collaboratively with RAP students, and also serve as additional mentors to WTP students.

More info and the application form can be found here.  Applications are due March 14, 2014.  Email research@mianus.org or call Chris Nagy at 914 234 3455 if you have questions.

Conservation Cafe presents: From Garbage to Black GOLD: Realizing the Value of Food Waste

When:       Fri., Jan. 24, 2014, 8:30-10:30 am

Where:      Greenburgh Public Library, Elmsford, NY

 Program Presenters:

 Moderator:  Braeden Cohen, Greenburgh Nature Center Composting/Sustainability Specialist & Educator:

Scope & expense of food waste problem in Westchester; composting as profitable solution to food waste; basic mechanics of composting food along with yard organics.

 Jean Bonhotal, Cornell Waste Management Institute, Dep’t of Crop & Soil Sciences:

Economics of food waste composting; case studies of food waste composting operations in New York State.

 Terry Laibach, NYS Dep’t of Environmental Conservation Region III Recycling Specialist: 

NYS-DEC requirements for food waste composting in New York;  examples of food waste composting facilities currently in operation or in planning stages in New York State.

Sarah Groat, Stone Barns Center For Food & Agriculture, Manager, Soil, Recycling, Compost Operations

How Stone Barns turns Garbage To Gold as part of both their mission and business operations.

 

Who Should Attend:

Municipal officials, DPW officials, school facility managers, grocery store associations, restaurateurs, homeowners, the agricultural community, gardening enthusiasts, organizations that have high food waste disposal costs and those concerned about waste.

 

Registration:  Registration at 8:30 a.m.   

Program begins at 8:45 am.  This is a free program.

 

Sponsors:       Westchester County Parks, Friends of Westchester County Parks, Pace University, Grassroots Environmental Education, Teatown Lake Reservation, the Greenburgh Nature Center, Federated Conservationists of Westchester County, Mianus River Gorge and Westchester Land Trust.

 

Location:        Greenburgh Public Library

                         300 Tarrytown Road, Elmsford, NY 10523

                         (914) 721-8200

                         Go to www.greenburghlibrary.org

The mission of Mianus River Gorge, an independent, not-for-profit organization, is to preserve, protect and promote appreciation of the natural heritage of the Mianus River watershed through land acquisition and conservation, scientific research and public education throughout the region.
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