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Volunteers sought for grasslands effort

Caumsett State Park in Lloyd Harbor will undergo

Caumsett State Park in Lloyd Harbor will undergo a facelift in the near future. This is a view of the park entrance. (Nov. 27, 2009) Credit: Photo by John Dunn

The fields at the Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve in Lloyd Neck are being invaded by nonnative, invasive plants and woody trees and shrubs. An effort is under way to restore the grasslands, and volunteers are needed for an event on Saturday.

Participants will help collect native grass and wildflower seeds in the park, which will be used in the rebuilding of the grasslands. The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Long Island Sound Study have teamed up to offer “Volunteer Stewardship Days” along the Sound to help protect the diverse plants and animals living there.

The Caumsett event will start at 9 a.m., with volunteers meeting in the preserve’s parking lot. The rain date is Sunday. Since ticks are present in the park, volunteers are advised to wear long pants and closed-toe shoes, and bring work gloves, sunscreen and bug spray.

Grasslands provide critical habitat to many species of birds, butterflies and other wildlife. This type of habitat is rapidly disappearing on Long Island because of development and ecological succession, according to a news release from the organizers.

For more information or to register, call 631-632-9216 or 631-581-1072. Volunteers also can register at http://bit.ly/RlbOc5.

 

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