The NYC Parks Natural Resources Group (NRG) is conducting restoration work in Buck’s Hollow in the Greenbelt, as a part of the PlaNYC MillionTrees forest restoration initiative. The objective for this site is to restore and enhance native swamp forest (wetland) habitat and remove the threat of a deteriorating tree canopy. The 6.8 acre site is located not far from the Greenbelt Nature Center, southwest of the curve in Rockland Avenue. From the road, you will see a temporary chain link fence and heavy duty construction equipment. Soon you will also see a restored forest!
This project will carefully remove non-native plant species in both upland forest and low-lying wetland areas through mechanical and chemical methods. The site will then be planted with native trees, shrubs and herbs. Species selected will be matched to surrounding native populations to the greatest extent possible, and matched to the environmental conditions of the site.
In preparation for this work, NRG collaborated with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to delineate the wetlands at Buck’s Hollow as part of the work permitting process. The DEC will continue to monitor progress at the restoration site and ensure that the watercourse is not negatively affected by the invasive plant removal, which will continue into 2015. The planting of native trees and shrubs was conducted in Fall, 2015.