CHATHAM — Thanks to some brand-new plants, the birds, bees, and butterflies of Greenport Conservation Area are getting a boost! The Columbia Land Conservancy has received a donation of native plants that will provide food and habitat for the wildlife that call the site home, and installed them thanks to volunteers on June 1.

The pollinator plants are installed alongside the Access for All trail. Visitors are asked to keep away from the young plants in order to help them thrive.

“Pollinators are incredibly important, not just for food production, but for the entire ecosystem,” says Heidi Bock, Conservation Education Manager. “This patch of habitat will be a wonderful resource not only for the wildlife, but also for people interested in learning more about how to manage their land to attract these important insects and birds”

“Greenport is a great place for this kind of habitat restoration,” says Doug Brown, Public Lands Manager. “CLC is actively managing the site to promote grassland bird habitat and remove invasive species, and adding these pollinator plants will reinforce all of those efforts.”

To learn more about this and other projects taking place at Public Conservation Areas, visit clctrust.org/projects.

This project was supported with a grant from the Xerces Society, program partners Pinelands Nursery and Supply, and funding from the New York State Conservation Partnership Program (NYSCPP) and New York’s Environmental Protection Fund. The NYSCPP is administered by the Land Trust Alliance, in coordination with the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

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