2008-04-11 / School News

PS 47 Students Remove Exotic Species From Refuge

Pictured are students and teachers with invasive bittersweet vines that were removed from tree at the Jamaica Bay Refuge. Pictured are students and teachers with invasive bittersweet vines that were removed from tree at the Jamaica Bay Refuge. Students in Ms. Williams's science class at PS 47 worked with the Jamaica Bay Guardian to remove Asian bittersweet, an invasive vine, from the trees at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. "This was a lesson in ecology," said Don Riepe of the American Littoral Society. "They were shown how exotic species can overtake and crowd out native plant species." Invasive plant and animal species are a major problem in many national and state parks and can wreck havoc with natural systems.

Anyone interested in volunteering to help with this project, as well as cleaning Jamaica Bay shorelines, should contact the American Littoral Society at www.alsnyc.org or e-mail driepe@nyc.rr.com.

Science students proudly show their work (bags of exotic vines) while getting a hands-on ecology lesson. Science students proudly show their work (bags of exotic vines) while getting a hands-on ecology lesson. A group of students remove vines and debris from the bike path on Crossbay Boulevard. A group of students remove vines and debris from the bike path on Crossbay Boulevard.

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