Last Updated: 2013/3/16
Graphic by Susan Lopeman
Invasive vines choke and smother trees - ultimately killing them.
We are a group of resident volunteers seeking to preserve the health of our ecology (and ourselves!) by removing invasive vines. We scout infested areas and invite our roster of volunteers to join us in community vine lopping opportunities. Residents can stick with us, or form their own "pods" - adopting a neglected section of the Village with friends and neighbors. There is no way the Village can keep on top of this phenomenon. Come join us for productive fun and exercise!
To join our mailing list, email email@example.com, or call Susan Harris at 914-646-1582 or Haven Colgate at 917-312-6074. We will invite you to our vine lopping events, which generally occur November-April. No experience necessary: we will train you to recognize what to cut back and how to do so, knowledge you can bring home to your own property. Even small children can participate and all are welcome.
We are supported and were trained by the Saw Mill River Coalition of Groundwork Hudson Valley: http://www.sawmillrivercoalition.org/.
Winter 2013-2014 Schedule
Note: we supply loppers and gloves; wear sturdy clothes and bring equipment if you have any.
If you'd like to start your own pod, we can list it here.
November 9: Zinsser Park
November 16 (10am, with Groundwork): Saw Mill Parkway and Ravensdale Bridge (register HERE)
November 23: Farragut Parkway by exit 12, park at the turnaround or on Ronny Circle
November 30: TBA
Aqueduct Pod: meet at Aqueduct Lane, near Washington Ave.
Note: we are actively interested in producing pods for the Burke Estate, Hillside Woods and other infested areas.
Feel free to RSVP @ firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to confirm a lop.
A bit more about vines
The main vines we combat are porcelain berry and bittersweet, which were imported from Asia over a century ago. These plants take over huge swaths of land and extirpate native flora, while the fauna that relied on the native plants now face a landscape barren of the vegetation they need to survive. Birds eat vine berries, spreading them along their flyways, spreading the problem regionally. While it's good for birds to have food to eat, these berries often have more sugar and less fat than, say, the native dogwood berries they've crowded out, thereby providing a less nutritive option for migrating species and possibly having other, not-yet-understood impacts.
Other invasive vines choking Hastings, each with its own set of impacts:
Come on a lop and learn to identify these plants and more!