Controlling and monitoring forest pests and mitigating their impacts on forest health

Most people are aware of the Chestnut Blight and Dutch Elm Disease of the early 20th century. These invasive fungi forever altered the ecology of eastern forests and the aesthetic of American streets. Introduced pests and pathogens continue to affect our forests, from beech scale and oak wilt to Asian jumping worms and spotted lanternfly. […]

Invasive Aquatic Plant Removal

Last summer, the Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management sent a team to survey aquatic invasive species in the Mianus River. This summer, thanks to a grant from the Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s Outdoor Fund, we have identified and are removing invasive Water Chestnut from the river. MRG staff and a cadre […]

Newly Published Research Papers

MRG Director of Research & Education Chris Nagy, Ph.D. made significant contributions to two newly published research papers. In addition to providing raw data, Chris contributed analysis and writing help to the primary authors, both of whom were master’s students. Chris works hard to grow MRG’s network of collaborators, participate in larger studies, and to […]

New Pond Trail Now Open

Director of Land Management Budd Veverka and Preserve Steward Jean-Luc Plante worked super hard to create the nearly 1-mile loop trail, the Pond Trail, in Mianus River Gorge Preserve. Thanks to a number of volunteer groups and our summer interns, the trail, also known as the Yellow Trail, is now accessible from the existing Blue […]

Meet our Summer Interns

Mianus River Gorge is delighted to welcome a new group of summer interns who will help with an array of projects and initiatives. At the same time, through a variety of research and land management projects, interns are trained in the skills they will need to pursue a successful career in the environmental sciences. Mianus […]

The Pros and Cons of Trail-Building

MRG’s primary mission is to protect, manage, and restore land and waterways within the Mianus River watershed.  The organization’s mission also includes conducting scientific research to better understand and protect the plants, animals, and ecosystems that exist on our land and throughout the region at large.  By necessity, protection, stewardship, and scientific research must sometimes […]

Hemlocks 2022

From 2017 to 2019, MRG inoculated over 2,000 eastern hemlock trees against the hemlock woolly adelgid and hemlock scale. Prior to resuming a schedule of repeated basal bark spraying in 2022, MRG scientists are participating in the New York State Hemlock Initiative to help establish a population of the Laricobius nigrinus beetle, a promising biocontrol […]

Ways to Give

Make a Gift of Stock: It’s easy! When you transfer ownership of securities to Mianus River Gorge, you may receive a charitable income tax deduction for their full market value. To donate stock, please talk to your broker and ask them to contact us for account details. Donate a Vehicle: Mianus River Gorge has partnered […]

MRG Scientists Share Their Knowledge

Our science staff and many of our students participated in three scientific and stewardship-related conferences since our last update. Director of Land Management, Budd Veverka was invited to and attended the New York State Invasive Species Summit in Albany (November 16-17, 2021) where he was involved in a number of collaborative discussions on managing invasive […]