Help Remove Tree-Killing Vines From Hastings Trees

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The Saw Mill River Coalition seeks volunteers to help rid the Farragut Ave. Restoration Site of tree-killing vines. Photo Credit: Contributed

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- Join the volunteer team organized by the Saw Mill River Coalition in removing the vines that are killing native trees in the Hastings area and taking over the river habitat.

The crew will be working on Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Farragut Ave. Restoration Site, focusing on the parking lot to the south and the meadow in the north.

Dress warmly and bring water. Volunteers under 16 years of age must be supervised by an adult.

Tools and trash bags will be provided, as well as hot chocolate and snacks. If you have your favorite tool, bring it along.

Check the website for any weather-related cancellations.

If you would like to join the group, call Ann-Marie at 914-375-2151 or email her.    

Fast-growing, tenacious vines are among the worst of the foreign plants that threaten to overwhelm local habitats, experts said.

Oriental bittersweet and porcelainberry, the two most common invaders, crowd out native plants and slowly strangle trees in their upward spiral, eventually shrouding tree canopies from the sun and creating a blanket over understory plants and shrubs, said organization officials.

The Saw Mill River Coalition and the DOT instituted this vine removal pilot project in November 2005 to rescue native vegetation, restore the stream buffer and preserve the area's biodiversity.

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