Saw Mill River Seminars, September 29, 2006

For Immediate Release
September 29, 2006
Ann-Marie Mitroff
(914) 375-2151 or
Cell (914) 815-5872

River Environment Focus of Saw Mill River Seminars

The Saw Mill River Coalition is sponsoring free training seminars to educate people about invasive vines that are harming the river environment, to teach people about the native plants that should be encouraged to grow in that very environment, and to know what it takes to restore a river. Once trained, the Coalition is hoping that many of the trained group will join their River RATz (Restoration Action Team) to remove vines, plant natives and otherwise assist in restoring sections of the Saw Mill River.

The following seminars are offered at Lenoir Preserve, Dudley St. in Yonkers this 2006-2007:

Invasive Plants: Search and Destroy Saturday, Oct. 7, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Jeff Main, Senior Curator of the Bronx River Reservation will teach how to identify the most common invasive plants in the Saw Mill River watershed. A session to identify the plants in the field will be held immediately after the class at Lenoir. People are requested to bring work gloves and loppers or pruners, if they have them. There will be some available.

Native Plants of the Riparian Environment, Saturday, Oct. 14, 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Carol Gracie, NY Botanical Gardens, a naturalist, adventurer and botanical photographer (with five species of wildflowers named after her), author of Wildflowers in the Field and Forest, A Field Guide to the Northeastern United States, will discuss plants commonly found along the riparian/wetland corridor. The classroom session will be held at Lenoir Preserve, field session at Woodlands Lake immediately following presentation.

Vine Cutting Kick-Off—Make A Difference Day, October 28, 8:30-12:30AM
The trained River RATz will be joined by volunteer groups from throughout the watershed, including Free-A-Tree vine cutters, on the first vine cutting of the season at the Farragut Ave site, located at Exit 13 of the Saw Mill River Parkway where the South County Trail parking lot is located.

River Restoration Projects, To Be Arranged, probably early 2007
Sven Hoeger, Creative Habitat Corp, will describe the elements of stream bank restoration projects, including the critical need for riparian buffers and how they function for the health of wildlife and stream life. A field site will be chosen.

The seminars are funded by the Westchester Community Foundation. The Saw Mill River Coalition, in cooperation with the Westchester County Parks Department, has formed a partnership with NYS’s Adopt-A-Highway program. Vine cutting, clean up, and restoration efforts are being conducted in two sections of the river (and parkway) on the first Saturday of each month beginning in December: Pleasantville and Farragut Avenue.

For Information and Seminar Registration: Send or email name, telephone, email, and dates of attendance to: Ann-Marie Mitroff, Coordinator, Saw Mill River Coalition, Office address: 6 Wells Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10701; Email:; Office number: (914) 375-2151, Cell: (914) 815-5872.

Directions: Lenoir Preserve: Saw Mill River Parkway. Exit at Executive Blvd. Proceed to the end of Executive Blvd. and make a right turn onto North Broadway. Make a left onto Dudley Street; entrance is on the left. Woodlands Lake: Saw Mill River Parkway NORTH is ONLY way to access site. Approx. ½ mile after Ardsley Exit, exit on right directly to lake (Old Cantina Restaurant site). Sign (if there)–Great Hunger Park at VE Macy Park.

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