Visitor Use Education Efforts Increasing in the Preserve
-- Several new educational tools are being used to increase
protection of the Preserve's natural features while allowing
for appropriate recreational and educational use of the Preserve.
About one dozen Preserve Naturalists are out on the trails,
a new mountain bike education patrol is being created, new brighter
trailmarkers are on most of the trails and additional signage
relating to appropriate and responsible trail use has been installed.
The Commission has recently released the Albany Pine Bush Preserve
Guide and Trail Map. For a copy, look at any of the nine trailheads
or call the Commission's office at 785-1800 X100.
Tick Management in the Preserve--TICKED OFF, INC. of
New Hampshire is donating 30 tick removal tools which can be
used by Preserve visitors, staff, naturalists, volunteers and
school groups, who, it is believed, will greatly benefit from
this simple device.
Karner Blue Butterfly Habitat Continues to Grow -- Stewardship
Director Joel Hecht and Stewardship Assistant Brent Kinal, in
cooperation with Commission members and partners, worked to
restore an additional 1.5 acres to Karner blue butterfly habitat
this fall. Four acres were planted last spring. Non-native plants
were removed and the sites were tilled in preparation for replanting
with native Pine Bush species, including native grasses, wild
blue lupine and other nectar species. The two restoration sites
are located along New Karner Road and along a power line right-of-way
near the Crossgates Mall. The sites will be monitored next year
to determine the success of these restoration efforts.
Glacial Lake Albany Native Plant Project Receives Federal
Funding -- The Eastern New York Chapter of The Nature Conservancy
has been awarded $25,000 from the National Fish and Wildlife
Foundation to continue the Glacial Lake Albany Native Plant
Restoration Project. The project will benefit Karner blue butterfly
recovery efforts throughout the recovery area from Albany to
Queensbury. The project is an outgrowth of the successful Native
Plant Restoration Project initiated in 1996. A portion of the
funds awarded are specifically for continuing the successful
Karner Blue butterfly habitat restoration efforts in the Pine
Landscaping with Native Plants with Sandra Walck of
Walck Garden Design: Tuesday, March 12, 7:00-8:30 PM, College
of St. Rose Science Center Room 260; call 785-1800 to register.
Printed in the February/March 2002 Newsletter