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Native plants on sale for restoration

Bright pink marshmallow flowers thrive along the eastern

Bright pink marshmallow flowers thrive along the eastern edge of Montauk County Park even as the dead, twisted remains of tupelo trees line the shore on Aug. 12, 2012. This portion of the park was once dense forest, but due to erosion over the last several decades, the woodlands have been wiped out by the encroaching waters of Block Island Sound. Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

The Nassau County Soil & Water Conservation District is selling native trees, shrubs and seedlings to help restore vegetation destroyed when superstorm Sandy and other winter storms roared ashore starting in October 2012.

The plants — pine, spruce, fir, hemlock, dogwood, maple, elderberry and other varieties — are available to homeowners who want to replace trees and shrubs on their property, groups trying to restore parks and preserves, and landscapers working is areas where full-grown trees were lost, according to a news release from Nassau County.

“This sale is a great cost-effective solution to help beautiful areas throughout the county that had trees and shrubs destroyed,” County Executive Edward Mangano said in the release. “Nassau’s replanting program will help restore the landscape in many neighborhoods, parks and preserves and will benefit our natural environment for many generations to come.”

The trees and shrubs are sold in bundles of 10.

Orders are due by March 12 and the plants must be picked up on April 18 and 19.

For more information about the program or to place an order, download a form from or call 516-364-5860. — EMILY C. DOOLEY


Caretakers needed for pheasant chicks

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has opened the application process for its Day-Old Pheasant Chick Program.

Qualified applicants receive day-old chicks at no cost. Applicants must be able to provide a brooding facility, a covered outdoor rearing pen, and an adequate release site. The chicks are distributed between April and June and cannot be released on private shooting grounds.

The pheasants require daily care to monitor health and ensure they have enough food and water. The pheasants must be released into the wild when they’re eight weeks old and no later than Dec. 1, according to a DEC statement.

The program, part of the NY is Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative, last year distributed 41,500 day-old pheasant chicks. The initiative is an effort to improve recreational activities for in-state and out-of-state hunters and to increase tourism in the state. The program is funded through the state Conservation Fund, which collects license fees from hunters, trappers and anglers.

Long Island residents interested in applying for the program can contact the DEC regional office at 50 Circle Road in Stony Brook or call 631-444-0310. Applications must be filed by March 15 with a DEC regional wildlife manager. Additional information can also be found on the DEC website.PRISCILA KORB





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