Summer Institute 2011 Helps the NYC Parks Department Eradicate Invasive Species

MediaLibrary#5094A Summer Institute 2011 class, held at the DC-37 campus, learned firsthand about a problem in New York City parks: the invasive plant species Japanese knotweed.

On August 13, 2011, students traveled to Muskrat Cove, along the Bronx River Expressway, to assist the Bronx River Alliance in planting 150 trees. Since 2005, the New York City Parks Department has been removing and replanting trees to combat the spread of Japanese knotwood. This process removes the weed, places a biodegradable clothlike material on top of the soil that has been cleared of the weed, and places trees in small holes in the cloth. This allows the newly planted trees to grow and establish a root system while the Japanese knotweed is prevented from growing.

The class also visited the Orchard Alley Community Garden in Manhattan, and the American Museum of Natural History. The purpose of this course was to explore the topic of environmental awareness and to explore events in New York City support environmental wellness.