FI Conservancy’s Middle Farms Habitat Restoration Project

On January 1, 2020,  the Fishers Island Conservancy, in partnership with FIDCO, began a small habitat restoration project on the East End near Middle Farms. The roughly three-acre parcel is bordered on the northeast by Cedar Ridge Road and on the southwest by East End Road.

In the fall of 2018,  this area was the touchdown point of the Island’s first F1 tornado. The parcel was covered with many broken locust trees and cedar trees as well as invasive plant species such as Chinese privet, buckthorn and bush honeysuckle. Our first step was to rid the plot of these plants.

As of now, most of the vegetation has been cleaned up and the area is nearly ready to be planted with a native grassland and wildflower mix from Ernst Seeds of PA. There will also be site-specific tree plantings of Oak, Cherry, Cedar and possibly Chestnut, which are native species to the island. A curtain “wall “of the preexisting vegetation will remain along East End Rd as the rest of the parcel grows in and then will be removed at a later date.

The Conservancy is proud to be working with FIDCO on this small but very important piece of habitat restoration as the Fishers Island Conservancy celebrates its 35th year.

Click any image to see a larger version. Photo Credit: FI Conservancy President, Tom Sargent

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