Invasive Plant Management

Since 2014, a major initiative of the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct has been to develop and implement a long-term plan for management and eradication of invasive plants on the trail. This massive undertaking, initiated by Friends board member Diane Alden, has shown remarkable success.

Please click the links below to see how the plan has evolved.

2014: How we got started

  1. The Citizen Scientist Program


2015: Planning and actions

  1. New Year's Resolutions 2015
  2. I Love My Park Day 2015 Report
  3. I Love My Park Day 2015 Photo Album


2016: Mapping the trail and activities

  1. Ridding the trail of Invasives Newsletter Article
  2. Why I Do Work Eliminating Invasive Weeds Blog Post
  3. The Ongoing Saga Blog Post


2017: Significant progress - removing invasive plants

  1. I Love My Park Day 2017 Report
  2. I Love My Park Day 2017 Photo Album
  3. Excelsior! Invasive Plant Battles Won!


2018: Expanding our efforts to improve the trail: invasive plant removal, stone wall restorations, and educational outreach

  1. I Love My Park Day 2018 Report
  2. Invasive Species Awareness Workshop July 2018
  3. July and September- Invasive Strike Forces join together to manage invasive plants on the trail

2019: Trail improvements continue – managing invasive plants, replacing with native plants, restoring historic stone walls, expanding our efforts south on the trail and a call to action to encourage other communities to get involved.

  1. Article in the River Journal inviting more participation
  2. May 4: I Love My Park Day
  3. September: NY State Parks Invasive Strike Force joins forces with the NY NJ Trail Conference Strike Force to conquer emerging invasives
  4. September 28: National Public Lands day on the OCA focused on restoration planting
  5. November 15: "Call to Action: Protecting Earth's Biodiversity" at the New York Botanical Garden - see VIDEO.
  6. December : Thank Nature Day in Irvington