The Woodlands (almost) Weekly

The Craneridge Woodlands Committee is wrapping up our first year of “Branching Out,” and we wanted to share what we’re up to. We’ll continue The Woodlands (almost) Weekly on a regular basis. We’ll include upcoming events, tips, and resources. Plus, we’ll continue to share updates on our Committee’s progress! Learn about our Woodlands & Habitat efforts here and learn even more!

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What’s the latest at the “Triangle?”
The Woodlands Committee continues to work on the area near the corner of Ridge Trail and Woodstock. On Sunday, Sept. 26, we planted more pollinator perennials. Our “baby” plantings are developing roots now so they can take off in the spring. Early next year, we’ll also plant ground cover to fill in the gaps. A big thank you to Jen Parsons, Matt Boyle and his family, Maggie and Zech Boyle, for lending a hand for the latest round of planting. Another thanks to Alan Miano and Sam Lewandowski who continue to care for our garden.

Upcoming event! Identify Invasive “Bad Bugs”
Our wooded neighborhood is at risk for serious impacts from Hemlock Wooly Adelgid and Beech Bark Disease similar to the devastation we’ve seen from Emerald Ash Borer. Join Nate Morey, Region 9 DEC Forester for a Zoom webinar on how to identify these bad bugs and then what to do. Wed, Nov. 10, at 7 pm. RSVP to Jen Parsons to receive Zoom link prior to event.

What’s next for the Woodlands Committee?
As we move into our slower months, the Woodlands Committee will take a close look at our first year “lessons learned” (many!) and update our long-term strategy. Our 2022 planning will also begin. Our big focus for next year will be building a detailed plan for implementing recommendations from the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM). We also plan to launch fun programs for kids!

We’ll need help for 2022! We’ll be looking for Stewards who can do a number of things (big and small) around Craneridge’s Woodlands. Interested?

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