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9,000 square feet along the Sheldrake River from invasive plants to make a bird and pollinator refuge.

It all started more than 130 milkweed plants spotted on

June 7, 2022. The Village of Mamaroneck Tree Committee and Committee for the Environment has since started clearing decades worth of invasive plants.  

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sheldrake river

October 2021

Committee for the Environment begins to research the ecological resources of Mamaroneck's rivers.  The Rockland and Fayette location is identified as a site for restoration along the Sheldrake River.

June 8, 2022

Milkweed plants were cordoned off and Village of Mamaroneck agreed not to disturb the land.

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October 22, 2022

Volunteers begin to clear out invasive knotweed, porcelain berry mug wort and multiflora rose

rockland pocket

March 2022

Committee for the Environment members take walks along Sheldrake to survey invasive species and potential for connecting pollinator gardens along the Sheldrake in the future. 

June 20, 2022

Volunteers from Village of Mamaroneck Committee for the Environment weeded around the milkweed plants

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October 23, 2022

More than 80 community volunteers with Village of Mamaroneck Tree Committee and Committee for the Environment cleared the land!

June 7, 2022

More than 100 milkweed plants were spotted on a piece of Village of Mamaroneck property.  The committee starts to plan the first Monarch Butterfly Festival to educate residents. 

Butterfly habitat

Summer, 2022

Milkweed continues to grow supporting the Monarch Butterfly lifecycle at Rockland pocket. The IUCN lists Monarchs as an endangered species.


November 4, 2022

Planting native seeds

and plants begin. 

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November 15, 2022

Paths are laid out and two Oak tree saplings are planted..

Friends of Rockland Pocket

So many people are moving this project forward.  Here are some volunteer superstars who loaned us countless hours, contributed funds for native plants being planted or generously dug up plants from their own garden

Volunteer Superstars

Felix Apfaltrer

Martine Brown

Jen LeClair

Bryan Mejia

Lindsay Newblatt Reitzes

Romel Roach

Ray Villani

Christi Young

Donated Plants

The Dehais Family

The Meltzer Family

Shared Plants

Marcie Kaufman

The Schaub Family

The Thomas Family

Marie-Eve Velikson

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