‘ECOCYCLE’ your Christmas Tree
Dates: January 9 & 16 from 10AM TO 2PM
Drop off trees at Mianus River Park at the STAMFORD parking lot.
SUGGESTED DONATION $10
Volunteers from the Mianus Chapter of Trout Unlimited will turn your natural Christmas trees into important habitat for wild trout in the Mianus River. Your tree will join others in helping stabilize streambanks, reducing erosion and creating refuge habitat for juvenile trout and other aquatic life.
DETAILS ONLINE AT WWW.MIANUSTU.ORG
(NO SYNTHETIC TREES OR TREES WITH TINSEL OR FLOCKING PLEASE)
Annual Meeting: January 19, 2021
Please join the Friends for our Annual Public Meeting on Tuesday, January 19th, 2021. The Meeting will begin at 7:00 pm and will be conducted on Zoom.
Our featured speaker will be Dr. Gregory Kramer, the Superintendent of Parks and Trees for the Town of Greenwich (110 of the park's 391 acres are owned by Greenwich). Before joining the Town of Greenwich, he served as the Director of Horticulture at Bok Tower Gardensfor seven years.
Dr. Kramer has over 25 years of professional experience in the horticulture industry. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Miami, a master’s degree in horticulture science and a doctoral degree in plant medicine; both from the University of Florida. His expertise includes plant diseases, staff management, teaching, landscape design, and habitat restoration.
In addition to hearing from Dr. Kramer, we will provide an update on the park, introduce our Board Members and answer any questions or park related concerns you may have.
Please RSVP email@example.com byTuesday, January 12, 2021. We will forward the Zoom invite prior to the meeting.
We hope that you can join us.
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Don't fence me in (or is it out)?
With Covid-19, we have seen a surge in park visitors. Anyone frequenting the park will notice the added trash plus wear and tear. Besides being very unsightly, it becomes especially problematic near the riverbanks. When trees and shrubs are destroyed, their roots can no longer hold the dirt in place. The resulting erosion impacts not only the quality of the water but also the habitat for the aquatic species making their home in the river. The widening river becomes warmer as it becomes shallower. This impacts trout and other native aquatic species as they thrive in cooler climates.
Fences have been placed along the river's edge to address erosion. They serve to not only mitigate the damage created by park users but also to create an environment that allows flora and fauna to thrive. The goal is to restore the areas to their original state so that fences can be removed. However, it takes time and patience for Mother Earth to work her magic.