By Alex Byrne
A part of the mission of the newly formed Van Cortlandt Park Alliance is to preserve and support the ecological value of Van Cortlandt Park. In this effort we value biodiversity, and the ecosystems that function to promote it. The world-class urban forests of VCP are still developing and require the management of both the human and forest tendency towards disturbance.
Before merging, collectively with the support of a DEC Urban and Community Forestry Grant the VCP Conservancy and Friends of VCP worked to restore native plant communities within forest canopy gaps. These areas are defined on the basis of lack of canopy cover, and typically have been invaded by a number of invasive plants. Like any process, over the last year we learned and re-learned a lot about canopy gaps, here are just a couple of the ideas we began to notice as we worked to restore VCP canopy gaps: Read more »