The Riparian Corridor Restoration grant project is supported with funding from the New York State Conservation Partnership Program (NYSCPP) and New York’s Environmental Protection Fund. The NYSCPP is administered by the Land Trust Alliance, in coordination with the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
The Mianus River and its tributaries form a riparian corridor that is vital for wildlife and whose health and function contribute to a clean drinking water supply for over one hundred thousand.
MRG will work to restore and improve riparian habitat by removing invasive species and replacing them with native herbaceous plants and shrubs, thereby not only protecting drinking water supplies but providing essential habitat and food for native wildlife, including some rarer species that use this corridor for migration like Saw-whet owls, American woodcock, and other songbirds. Improving the native component of this riparian area will also increase its ability to buffer against climate change and maintain micro-topography crucial to many of the fragile species found in the Preserve.