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Understanding Gaps in the Forest

Understanding Gaps in the Forest

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...

Press Release: A New Day for Van Cortlandt Park

Press Release: A New Day for Van Cortlandt Park

Merger of Friends of Van Cortlandt Park and Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy to create single park stewardship organization New Beginnings Picnic to be held on June 11 to celebrate the Launch of Van Cortlandt Park Alliance in the Bronx For Immediate Release:  Tuesday, May 21, 2019 On the evening of June 11, elected and city officials, together with friends, supporters, board members and community members will gather at the New Beginnings Picnic to celebrate the creation of the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance, formed by the merger of the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park and Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy.  These two organizations shared...

For the Love of Swans?

For the Love of Swans?

Note from the ED: Sara Kempton, Director of the Programs for the Friends, is the biggest fan of swans on the Friends’ staff while the others are really not because of the ecological impact of these non-native birds.  Therefore, we decided that she should be the one to write a blogpost about the impact of swans to see if she would change her opinion.  Here’s what she found… Written by: Sara Kempton I have many fond memories of walks beside the lake with my family as a child. Of spending the day outside in Van Cortlandt Park enjoying nature and...