Ossining Students to Restore Native Habitats

Original Article posted on The Daily Ossining
by Tien-Shun Lee on 07/19/11

OSSINING, N.Y. – Pedro Montes De Oca and Alonzo McLemore traipsed along the nature trail behind Brookside School on Monday, pointing out invasive plants such as Japanese stilt grass and multiflora rose plants, as well as holes in the ground where salamanders live.

“I never knew about invasive plants. I thought they were all native,” said Montes De Oca, 10, who is one of about 20 students in teacher Cynthia Bardwell’s Summer Science Academy program.

The students, who live in Ossining and Briarcliff, are in the process of restoring three habitats by removing invasive plants and putting in native plants.

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