The popularity of certain edible plants and plants with value as nursery products has contributed to increased poaching activity and decreased biodiversity in the Mianus River Gorge. Plants in the Gorge often grow in isolated patches, several of which have been devastated by poachers. Current levels of poaching could lead to complete loss of some plant species.
Recently, we have had a tremendous problem with poachers in the Gorge. Poachers have pulled up plants and wildflowers by the roots, rendering them unable to regenerate, which means they are lost forever! Poaching plants has a direct impact on biological communities, impacts our ability to conduct important research, and, of course, impacts your enjoyment of the Gorge.
Visitors witnessing illegal poaching are not asked to confront the offenders but to report the activity to us at (914) 234-3455. The mission of Mianus River Gorge is to protect the natural and historic resources of the Preserve so that they will be available for the enjoyment of future generations.