Winter Programs: Saturday, February
14: 8:30am-10:30am: Tracking Wildlife with Dr. Roland Kays & Carl
Herzog. Meet Madison Avenue Pinelands Trailhead #7.
Friday, February 27: 6:30pm-8:00pm. Owl Prowl. Bring a flashlight.
Meet Great Dune, Trailhead #8 (end of Willow Street).
March 26-28: Capital District Garden & Flower Show at HVCC.
For more information: 785-1800 x100.
A four-member crew from the Student Conservation Association
were hired for 12 weeks focusing primarily on eradication of
They worked at 25 different sites and also posted boundaries,
collected native seeds, maintained trails and other chores.
The Nature Conservancy has been awarded a grant by the NYS
Biodiversity Research Institute to assess the viability of
attributes of the Pine Bush Preserve, the Long Island Pine
Barrens and Shawangunks
Ridge. The assessment will consolidate information about the
periodic fires—how frequently burns should occur, during
what season and how severely and the information will be used
to develop and
refine strategies for successful ecological management.
The 2003 fall burn season began on September 29 and ended
October 17. During those three weeks only one unsuccessful
was made to burn. This closes
the 2003 burn seasons. For the year the Commission burned 8 burn units
for a grand total of 55 acres. In 13 attempts to burn, Commission
staff burned on 7
of those days.
The Commission is applying for $147,000 from the US Forest
Service to fund a 10-month Student Conservation Association
crew to support conservation
including planning, preparation and implementation of fire activities,
habitat restoration and mechanical fuel reduction. The crew will be shared
Shawangunk Ridge for up to two months, preparing future burns on the
Over the past six months volunteers and seasonal staff have
helped collect seeds from native plants in the Preserve. In
December almost 7 acres
were seeded and
over 30 acres will be planted during the spring of 2004. Little bluestem
grass, horsemint, New Jersey tea and wild blue lupine are among the
many types of seeds
collected. The USDA Big Flats Materials Center in Corning, NY helped
clean and prepare the seeds for the spring planting.