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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...

Press Release: VCHM Landscape Plan

Press Release: VCHM Landscape Plan

For Immediate Release December 12th, 2018 Van Cortlandt House Museum Landscape Plan The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park (FVCP) and the Van Cortlandt House Museum (VCHM) are pleased to share with you the recently finalized “Van Cortlandt House Museum Landscape Plan”.  The Plan’s designs and presentation were created by Uziel Crescenzi, Friends of Van Cortlandt Park Intern and City College of New York Master of Landscape Architecture Student.  The Project Coordinators were Christina Taylor, Executive Director of Friends of Van Cortlandt Park and Laura Carpenter Myers, Director of Van Cortlandt House Museum of The National Society of Colonial Dames in the...

Most Wanted Invasive Plant Species in Our Natural Areas

Most Wanted Invasive Plant Species in Our Natural Areas

Below are the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park ‘s 10 Most Wanted Invasive Plant Species in Van Cortlandt Park (in alphabetical order).  Learn more about the invasives species trying to take over our forests by clicking on each name to see their Wanted Poster.  Please note: there are plenty more invasives in the Park but these are the 10 we are currently most worried about. Garlic Mustard Japanese Honeysuckle Mile-a-Minute Multiflora Rosa Mugwort Oriental Bittersweet Norway Maple Porcelain Berry Water Chestnut Wineberry Why Are We Concerned? Approximately half of the 1,146 acres of Van Cortlandt Park is comprised of natural...