The Croton portion of the event had 50 participants, including the Mayor of Croton on Hudson, Leo Wiegman. We bagged garlic mustard, removed many invasive plants and bushes, and cleared trash, all in a 2 mile stretch of the Aqueduct. We also removed trash along the banks of the Croton River, branching out into the DEC managed Croton Gorge Unique Area. We restorated some of the banks along the trail by planting native plants: ferns, wild geranium, partridge berry, witch hazel bushes and sweetspire bushes.
We would like to acknowledge the great work done by our contributing corporate sponsor SavATree which sent a certified arborist and two crew members, a significant monetary donation by Sunrise Solar Solutions and our collaborating sponsors, including Teatown Lake Reservation, the Bronx River Reservation Conservancy as well as the New York New Jersey Trail Conference, all of which sent mentors and staff, and the Saw Mill River Audubon which also provided a table with a very educational display of invasive species.
Local sponsors The Bronx River Parkway Reservation Conservancy (www.vinecutter.com), Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (www.lhprism.org), Feed the Birds, The Black Cow (www.blackcow.com), Rosedale Nurseries, Inc. (www.rosedalenurseries.com) & Run On Hudson Valley (www.runonhudsonvalley.com) contributed refreshments and prizes for our lunch time prize drawing.
We accomplished a lot, plus had fun doing it.