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For Release: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

DEC Announces Arbor Day Volunteer Event At Old Place Creek

In celebration of Earth Week and Arbor Day, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 2 is inviting the public to a landscaping event at Staten Island's Old Place Creek Access Site. Community volunteers will be able to work alongside DEC staff on various landscaping activities. DEC staff will also be available to answer any questions about future developments at the Old Place Creek Access Site.

"Last year we celebrated the opening of the Old Place Creek Access Site, which provided the first public access opportunity to this phenomenal natural system," said Regional Director Steve Zahn. "The canoe/kayak hand launch and bird observation platform have been well received by the community, and now we are giving the landscaping a facelift by importing new top soil and planting native trees. We are also removing invasive plant species and blazing a new trail extension. We encourage the community to come out and join our staff during the event."

Volunteers can participate in one or all of the following activities:

  • Installing top-soil covering
  • Upland restoration via planting shrubs and trees
  • Pruning existing vegetation
  • Removal of invasive plants
  • Stone dust trail maintenance
  • Opportunity to explore 2.28 miles of water trails
  • Bird watching on accessible viewing platform

All tools will be supplied by DEC-R2 Operations staff.

The event will begin at 10:30 am on Friday, April 28, at Old Place Creek Access Site, Staten Island, NY 10303 (East of 2828 Gulf Avenue).

Old Place Creek Access Site provides the public with access to critical wildlife habitat in northwestern Staten Island. The access features were constructed by DEC at a cost of $142,000, with resources obtained by the New York State Attorney General's Office in a settlement that New York State, the City of New York, New Jersey, and NOAA reached with Montauk Oil Transportation Corp. over the oil spill from its Cibro-Savannah barge.

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