WHAT: Come Join Us for the First Lower Hudson Valley "Invasive Vine Cutters SWARM! Come together to attack one big vine problem area and really make a visible difference, as well as meet one another, arrange trades of equipment and tools, share educational opportunities, and generally have a good time. This event is FREE--we just need people to register so we know how many to prepare for!
WHEN: Saturday, November 16h, 10am to 3pm, Rain date: Sunday, November 17th.
WHO: Groundwork Hudson Valley's Saw Mill River Coalition and partners (lots!):
Bronx River Conservancy, Croton CAC, Croton Vine Cutters, Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct, The Garden Club of Irvington, Hastings HS Environmental Club, Hastings Vine Squad, HelpHalsey123, New York State DOT local office, NY-NJ Trail Conference Invasives Strike Force, Saw Mill River Audubon, Somers Land Trust, Trail Mix (Horace Greeley HS), Westchester County Parks, Yonkers Land Conservancy
WHERE:Saw Mill River Parkway & Lawrence Street (Exit 16 from the North or South) Exit to the East (Ardsley side). We will be working along the South County Trailway.
Parking & Check-in: Life--The Place To Be, 2 Lawrence St., Ardsley, NY, has graciously offered their property to park and provide check-in. After you enter at 2 Lawrence Street, follow the signs to check-in.
- 10:00 am Meet & Greet
- 10:15 am Begin Cutting!
- 12:30 pm Lunch: Swap stories. List potential "SWARM" locations. Equipment swaps.
- 1:30 pm Resume cutting
- 3:00 pm Wrap it up
* All weather dependent. If it's really cold or miserable, we'll go for the rain date, Sunday, November 17th, same time and place. If it starts getting miserable when we're out there, we'll close up early. Please feel free to attend as much as you can. Some people will be coming in the morning, others may not make it until lunch and then cut in the afternoon.
TO BRING: Please bring your own lunch and water. Dress in layers, wear good shoes, gloves. Bring your own tools if you can (loppers, clippers, hand saws)--we will have some available for volunteers. We'll provide hard hats and safety vests for those working along the parkway. We'll also have hot drinks.
INFORMATION: Please contact, Ann-Marie Mitroff, River Program Director, Groundwork Hudson Valley, email@example.com, (914) 375-2151. Cell phone for weekends and event day (and evening before) (914) 815-5872.
A swarm is a good word for a large group of bees going on the attack - not good news. Like bees, any group of people or animals can be considered a swarm if they act together and quickly - even fiercely.
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Groundwork Hudson Valley
Groundwork Hudson Valley was established in 2000 in Yonkers to help renew our urban places: building trails, planting trees, renewing parks, restoring rivers, turning vacant lots into gardens, and creating vibrant public places to restore our area’s most underserved, and economically challenged neighborhoods. The Saw Mill River Coalition, a program of Groundwork, conducts invasive vine cuttings, river cleanups, tree plantings, water quality and fish studies, and generally helps people revitalize, protect and enjoy the Saw Mill River.