Harkness Restoration

  • Location
    Rye Brook, New York
  • Status
  • Age Level
    14 to 18 Years

The Problem

We wanted to address the issue of declining biodiversity in our community. We noticed that Harkness Park, a community park located adjacent to our school, was overrun by invasive plants. Not only do these invasives harm native pollinators by crowding out the native plants which they rely on, they can promote the spread of dangerous invasive species. We are particularly concerned about the Spotted Lanternfly, an insect that has extremely negative impacts on the ecosystem. Because of this, we have constructed a project to remove the invasive plants in the park, and to bring back the population of native plants that once inhabited the area.

Our Plan

Our plan is to create a pollinator-friendly garden where nature can flourish, and where members of the community can gather to appreciate it. Our first approach was to tackle and uproot as many invasives as we could by hand. After many weeks and volunteer hours, we have been able to clear the area. We then began the process of laying down cardboard and soil over the land to prevent the removed plants from sprouting again. We have planted many native shrubs, plants, and even a few trees. We are currently in the process of stratifying seeds and continuing to remove the invasive species.

Themes Addressed

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    Biodiversity Loss
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    Invasive Species
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The Benefit

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