Stewardship

The Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct work to maintain the beauty of the undeveloped trail and the integrity of the entire length of the tunnel from Croton into New York City. We are always looking for volunteers interested in getting involved with adopting a part of the trail for invasive management. We also have an annual cleanup of the trail in Yonkers.

INVASIVE PLANT MANAGEMENT HISTORIC WALL RESTORATIONNATIVE PLANT RESTORATION

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Author: 
LWalter

Our group of dedicated member gardeners (Linda, LIndsey, Barbe and Lesley) made good progress cleaning up the grounds and the new Pollinator Garden near the Keeper's House in preparation for next spring.  A sunny day and good weather made it all more enjoyable. Who says that gardening isn't good exercise?

Photo by Daria Gregg
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DariaGregg

(photos by Daria Gregg and Diane Alden, Videos by Diane Alden)

About five years ago, after participating in Diane Alden’s “I Love My Park” day, I decided to adopt a section of the Old Croton Aqueduct near my home in Ossining.

Diana Aldren pulling garlic mustard
Author: 
DAlden

Now that gardening and individual volunteer work is permitted, five of us decided to continue the work we have done in past years in May for I Love My Park Day to control Garlic mustard on the northern section of the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail. We had to forgo I Love My Park Day but we did not want to give up on our beloved trail.

We donned our masks, spread apart on the trail and proceeded to collect 10 large bags of invasive Garlic mustard for disposal. It had rained, so it was easy to pull.

Author: 
FOCAAdmin

Inspired by the eighth annual "I Love My Park Day," this video/montage documents the joyful and energetic work that took place on the Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park south of the Croton Dam on May 4th 2019.

Over 100 community members volunteered to remove harmful invasive species and replace them with native plants. They also began the restoration of a historic stone retaining wall, cleaned the banks of the Croton River, and improved drainage on the trail.

Author: 
DAlden

This winter and spring the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct decided to move forward with vine removal by engaging a professional arborist since we determined that we could not rely on volunteers alone to make enough of a difference up and down the trail.  Successful fundraising efforts have fully supported this first initiative!  We obtained permission from the State Parks for Guy Pardee from Suburban Native, LLC to begin removing vines along the trail.  This is a report of what we hope will be the first of many contracts with Guy. 

Author: 
FOCAAdmin

The new Invasives Removal Squad of the Irvington Green Policy Task Force (GPTF) held an event called Thank Nature Day on December 1, 2019. In collaboration with the Hastings Vine Removal Squad, the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct (Friends), and the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, two dozen volunteers came out on a chilly day to help remove and prune invasive plants and clean up litter along the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail (OCA), between Main Street and Matthiessen Road.

Author: 
FOCAAdmin

Our very own Diane Alden did a presentation at November 15's event at the New York Botanical Garden.

You can view the video here:

Author: 
FOCAAdmin

Hello friends and supporters: Please remember to use our SMILE link if you shop ast Amazon. A portion of the proceeds of any purchase you make will be sent to The Friends. Please use this link to set up your preferences on Amazon.

Author: 
FOCAAdmin

Going for the 26 Westchester miles of the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail in five separate walks over a period of 12 months was the goal of the Walk the Hudson Valley Meetup group, members of which can be seen on the Trail in Hastings in front of Ventilator 18. We are happy to be awarding them the 26 mile certificates and patches they have earned.

Author: 
FOCAAdmin

Over 100 people showed to help with I Liove My Park Day 2019! Thank you to all of the volunteers and helpers.

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