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Nps presentation on restoration plans for north and south garden

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Parks Service plans to remove invasive species and plant thousands of new trees in the North and South Gardens

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Nps presentation on restoration plans for north and south garden

  1. 1. North and South GardenNorth and South Garden Native Plant RestorationNative Plant Restoration Patti Rafferty, Chief Resource StewardshipPatti Rafferty, Chief Resource Stewardship patricia_rafferty@nps.govpatricia_rafferty@nps.gov 718-354-4625718-354-4625 National Park ServiceNational Park Service U.S. Department of the InteriorU.S. Department of the Interior Gateway National Recreation AreaGateway National Recreation Area
  2. 2. General Project OverviewGeneral Project Overview Remove invasive plants from 14 acres. Plant native vegetation to restore biodiversity and habitat functions. Develop and implement long term monitoring Utilize adaptive management to maintain native plant communities. Increase capacity to manage invasive plants in other NPS and NYC sites North GardenNorth Garden South Garden Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy
  3. 3. Problems with Invasive PlantsProblems with Invasive Plants What Are Invasive Plants? -Non-native -Reproduce rapidly -Displace native species -Reduce habitat and food for native insects, birds and other wildlife -Reduce biodiversity and establish undesirable monocultures Non-native Invasive Upland Plants -Oriental Bittersweet -Japanese Honeysuckle -Porcelainberry -Bush Honeysuckle -Multiflora Rose
  4. 4. Project BenefitsProject Benefits Restore biodiversity -Remove invasive species -Establish diverse native plant communities -Support native wildlife – particularly insects and birds Improve visitor experience -Eliminating undesirable monocultures -Enhance wildlife viewing -Education and outreach
  5. 5. Project TimelineProject Timeline Phase I – South GardenPhase I – South Garden •Winter 2015 Invasive Plant Removal – Basal Bark andWinter 2015 Invasive Plant Removal – Basal Bark and Cut StumpCut Stump •May 2016 – Mechanical and manual removal (~ 2 acres)May 2016 – Mechanical and manual removal (~ 2 acres) •May 2016 – Volunteer Planting (~ 2 acres)May 2016 – Volunteer Planting (~ 2 acres) •July-August, 2016 – Invasive Plant TreatmentJuly-August, 2016 – Invasive Plant Treatment •September 2016 – Volunteer Planting (~ 4 acres)September 2016 – Volunteer Planting (~ 4 acres) •Fall 2016- Fall 2017 – Follow-up TreatmentsFall 2016- Fall 2017 – Follow-up Treatments •Long-term managementLong-term management E X P E R I E N C E Y O U R A M E R I C AE X P E R I E N C E Y O U R A M E R I C A
  6. 6. Project TimelineProject Timeline Phase II – North GardenPhase II – North Garden •September – October 2016 - Invasive Plant RemovalSeptember – October 2016 - Invasive Plant Removal •May 2017 – Volunteer Planting (~ 3 acres)May 2017 – Volunteer Planting (~ 3 acres) •July-August, 2017 – Invasive Plant TreatmentJuly-August, 2017 – Invasive Plant Treatment •September 2017 – Volunteer Planting (~ 4 acres)September 2017 – Volunteer Planting (~ 4 acres) •Fall 2017- Fall 2018 – Follow-up TreatmentsFall 2017- Fall 2018 – Follow-up Treatments •Long-term managementLong-term management E X P E R I E N C E Y O U R A M E R I C AE X P E R I E N C E Y O U R A M E R I C A
  7. 7. After Invasive Plant RemovalAfter Invasive Plant Removal E X P E R I E N C E Y O U R A M E R I C AE X P E R I E N C E Y O U R A M E R I C A
  8. 8. RestoratioRestoratio nn Planning:Planning: LandscapeLandscape MappingMapping
  9. 9. • Identify management concerns • Identify and evaluate invasive treatment options • Identify existing vegetation to inform restoration planting • Provide baseline condition to evaluate effectiveness of project over time RestoratioRestoratio nn Planning:Planning: SouthSouth GardenGarden MappingMapping
  10. 10. RestoratioRestoratio nn Planning:Planning: SoilsSoils E X P E R I E N C E Y O U R A M E R I C AE X P E R I E N C E Y O U R A M E R I C A
  11. 11. E X P E R I E N C E Y O U R A M E R I C AE X P E R I E N C E Y O U R A M E R I C A RestoratioRestoratio nn Planning:Planning: ElevationElevation
  12. 12. E X P E R I E N C E Y O U R A M E R I C AE X P E R I E N C E Y O U R A M E R I C A RestoratioRestoratio nn Planning:Planning: PlantingPlanting ZonesZones
  13. 13. May 13-15,May 13-15, 20162016 VolunteerVolunteer PlantingPlanting E X P E R I E N C E Y O U R A M E R I C AE X P E R I E N C E Y O U R A M E R I C A
  14. 14. E X P E R I E N C E Y O U R A M E R I C AE X P E R I E N C E Y O U R A M E R I C A RestoratioRestoratio nn TimelineTimeline
  15. 15. How can you get involved?How can you get involved? Volunteer!!! Contact: Keith White Volunteer Coordinator for Gateway 718-354-5109 Keith_White@nps.gov Daphne Yun Public Affairs 718-354-4602 Daphne_Yun@nps.gov Patti Rafferty Chief, Resource Stewardship 718-354-4625 Patricia_rafferty@nps.gov

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