Free-A-Tree—invasive vine-cutting posse

vine cutting
January 13, 2012
An invitation from “Groundwork Hudson Valley

Please join us this Saturday, January 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for our Free-A-Tree Invasive Vine-Cutting. We are looking forward to working with a group organized by the Volunteer Center of United Way who are volunteering their time in honor of Martin Luther King Day.

Let’s all celebrate the vision of a better world that Martin Luther King left us with by pitching in to save our local habitat. Together we can restore this stretch of precious green space by removing the vines that are killing native trees and taking over the river habitat!

Upcoming Dates:

  * Saturday 1/14/12
  * Saturday 2/11/12
  * Saturday 3/17/12
  * Sunday, 4/22/12
  * Saturday, 5/12/12: 3rd Annual
Great Saw Mill River Clean-Up!

All vine-cuttings will be held from 10am-1pm at the Farragut Avenue Restoration site. 


From Saw Mill River Parkway going SOUTH, Exit 11, left on Tompkins Avenue to Saw Mill River Road and turn left. Turn left on Farragut Avenue then turn left into the parking lot. Access also from Saw Mill River Road (Ardsley side).

We will meet on the South County Trailway, a three-minute walk North of the parking lot.

Please dress warmly and bring water. Volunteers under 16 years of age must be supervised by an adult. Training, tools, and refreshments will be provided.

Hope to see you there! Please call or e-mail Emily at (914) 375-2151 with any questions or if you are interested in organizing an additional date for your group.


The Saw Mill River Coalition and the New York State Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation support the Free-A-Tree project, which supports volunteers in their efforts to remove the invasive vines that are strangling trees and shrubbery along the Saw Mill River.

Fast-growing, tenacious vines are among the worst of the foreign plants that threaten to overwhelm local habitats. Oriental bittersweet and porcelainberry, the two most common invaders, crowd out native plants and slowly strangle trees in their upward spiral, eventually shrouding tree canopies from the sun and creating a blanket over under-story plants and shrubs. This significantly diminishes the value of wildlife habitat, in terms of food sources and nesting areas, and has a negative impact upon the number of species that use the river corridor. The Saw Mill River Coalition and the DOT instituted this vine removal pilot project in November 2005 to rescue native vegetation, restore the stream buffer, and preserve the area’s biodiversity.

To volunteer or for more information, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 914-375-2151. Visit our website at

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