BENEFITING: Jay Heritage Center
John Jay's historic family home in Rye is a vibrant community resource in the heart of the Lower Hudson Valley but it needs your help.
This magnificent 23 acre park was once threatened by development; now it is endangered by invasives!
One of our urgent efforts is restoration of the upland portion of the Jay Meadow that stretches out behind the Jay Mansion. The Jay Meadow is believed to be the oldest man-managed meadow in all of NY State dating back 10,000 years based on archaeological shovel tests. Over time, it has been consumed by invasive mugwort. Native species have been wiped out by this aggressive weed.
To reverse the damage, JHC has retained Meadow Designer Larry Weaner to help create a strategy to replant native grasses and wildflowers in this damaged ecosystem. The entire project is estimated to cost approximately $100,000 including planting and 3 years of critical nurturing and maintenance to give the plants a chance to thrive. If we raise enough money, we can start replanting the meadow by October 2016. Your donation of $50 will provide seed for 200 Sq. feet of meadow installed; $100 buys a flat of 38 Baptisia plugs; $250 buys 125 milkweed plants which, when mature, will support 625 monarch caterpillars; $500 helps fund groupings of Virginia Rose shrubs for hips and habitat. Larger donations are welome too!
Please make a donation today! If you need more info you can meet our team on Sunday, May 1
"Did you know that there is better spring birding in NYC’s Central Park than in Westchester County? Why? Because we no longer have enough native plants with their accompanying insect populations to sustain the birds migrating from Central and South America." - Daria Gregg