Stewardship & Land Management

What is land stewardship?

 “…the care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy and, after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it, and to foster its renewal, is our only legitimate hope.” ― Wendell Berry

“Our job is to sharpen our tools and make them cut the right way… the sole measure of our success is the effect which they have on the forest.”  Aldo Leopold

Stewardship is an active process of managing land to direct it toward (or keep it at) a desired state.  Because natural processes in the region have been and continue to be significantly altered by human activity, natural lands left to themselves will—in most cases—become degraded and dysfunctional. It is not good enough to let natural lands go.  Stewardship goals must be defined based on the individual properties and an understanding of the existing landscape, disturbance history, and various issues and opportunities associated with each site.  This is critical to sustaining healthy ecosystems for water quality and wildlife habitat.  Generally, these management practices and techniques are employed both on our preserves and regionally:

  • Decrease deer abundance
  • Monitor and control invasive species
  • Establish and sustain native meadows
  • Design and maintain low-impact trails and enforce their proper use
  • Reduce forest fragmentation, particularly in riparian corridors and near wetlands and vernal pools
  • Monitor forest pests and mitigate their impacts on forest health
  • Plant and protect native trees, shrubs and wildflowers

Under the guidance of a written land management plan, our organization stewards nearly 1,000 acres of land owned by the Mianus River Gorge, Inc. and the Nature Conservancy.

Along with stewarding the lands owned and managed by the Mianus River Gorge, Inc., our staff also monitor conservation easements within the watershed.


Stewardship & Land Management News

Forested Riparian Corridor Restoration
The Mianus River and its tributaries form a riparian corridor that is vital for wildlife and whose health and function …
The Young Forest
The final component of the Save the Hemlocks initiative is to improve the health and buffering ability of the younger …
An Old-Growth Forest in our Midst
Perhaps you know that part of Mianus River Gorge’s mission is to “protect over 1,000 acres … including one of …
What We’re Working On This Summer
July 22, 2020 Needless to say, the summer of 2020 is unlike any other. Mianus River Gorge and the Preserve …
Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Control Efforts
This past spring, we completed treatment of our eastern hemlocks to protect them from hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA).  The hemlock …
Grant from Westchester Community Foundation helps Restore & Enhance Meadow Biodiversity
The 935-acre Mianus River Gorge comprises an array of habitats, including meadows, flood-plain forest, wetlands, post-agricultural forest, and over 100 …
Spotted Lanternfly: a new, unwelcome invader!
By Jennifer J. LernerSenior Resource Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County Here in the Hudson Valley, we have weathered …
Should We Accept the New Norm?
Outdoor Observer by Rod Christie, Executive Director Driving around at this time of year one gets a chance to look …
Invasive Species Update
A major component of the Mianus River Gorge strategic management plan is invasive species control. The task of eradicating invasive …
Tree ID Pop Quiz
MRG’s Budd Veverka led an enjoyable and informative walk through Mianus River Gorge Preserve to help participants learn to identify …
Non-native flora
Non-native flora can also be called alien, invasive, or exotic, each having a slightly different meaning. In effect, non-native plants …
Old-Growth Forest Walk photos
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The Importance of Wetlands
The Importance of Wetlands Some people don’t think of wetlands in a positive way, if they think of wetlands at …
Westchester Community Foundation Awards Renewal Grant
Thanks to a generous renewal grant from Westchester Community Foundation, Mianus River Gorge will continue its work of Protecting Biodiversity …
Campaign to Save the Hemlocks
Only an hour north of New York City, the Mianus River Gorge Preserve’s rare old-growth hemlock forest is one of …
Deer Overpopulation
Too many deer is a common problem to many suburban areas of the northeast. And like most of our environmental …