On Friday, October 2, Seatuck continued its effort to safeguard the rare riparian habitat that is taking hold at the site of the former West Brook Pond in Bayard Cutting Arboretum. While NYS Parks has yet to announce a final plan for the dam that failed in early 2019, Seatuck, with help from the Long Island Botanical Society and other experts, has identified dozens of native plants re-establishing at the site, including many state rare and unique species.
Seatuck staff and volunteers worked to remove pioneering shoots of invasive phragmites (common reed) that were invading the basin. If left unchecked phragmites could shade and crowd out the unique native plants and habitat that is emerging at West Brook!
Thank you to all the great volunteers that helped with this effort!
And don’t worry if you missed this opportunity – if Parks allows the stream and freshwater meadow to stay, they’ll be many more workdays to come. Seatuck is committed to fostering the restoration of the site and will keep after the invasive species. Stay tuned!