2006-11-03 / Community

Working To Restore Jamaica Bay Functions

The tree planting team and supporters of the Eastern Queens Alliance (EQA) pose for a photo after planting 112 trees & shrubs. Barbara Brown, Director EQA, is on far left.
The tree planting team and supporters of the Eastern Queens Alliance (EQA) pose for a photo after planting 112 trees & shrubs. Barbara Brown, Director EQA, is on far left. Efforts to improve the Jamaica Bay ecosystem are moving forward as groups are adopting shorelines and helping restore natural functions. On Saturday, October 21, approximately 30 children and adults planted 112 trees and shrubs in an upland section of the Idlewild Park Preserve.

Among the participants were children from the Summer Science-in-the-Park workshops conducted by the Eastern Queens Alliance, a number of their parents, community leaders and other residents as well as Michael Agnello, Supervisor of District 13 of NYC Department of Parks and Don Riepe, Jamaica Bay Guardian for the American Littoral Society.

This was the fourth in a series of restoration workshops held by the Alliance in its effort to preserve, restore and educate the community about the ecological jewel that is within its midst. Idlewild Park Preserve, headwaters of Jamaica Bay, is an approximately 300 acre salt marsh just north of JFK Airport. It contains intertidal wetlands, some of the most valuable that exists, and is a major source of fresh water to Jamaica Bay. The Eastern Queens Alliance, through its Idlewild Park Preservation Committee, has been working diligently over the last four and a half years trying to protect, preserve and restore this area and establish and Idlewild Park Salt Marsh Environmental Science Learning Center to educate all ages. The day's events were funded through a Five Star Grant to the Alliance from National Fish and Wildlife.

Young member of Eastern Queens Al-liance carries trees to be planted at Idlewild Park, a "Forever Wild" site of the NYC Department of Parks.
Young member of Eastern Queens Al-liance carries trees to be planted at Idlewild Park, a "Forever Wild" site of the NYC Department of Parks.

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