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100 Trees for One Hundred Years Campaign

DONATE TO THE 100 TREES CAMPAIGN

Help us restore our Owl Habitat – New Project!!!

 

Home to Great Horned Owls, Barred Owls and Saw-whet Owls and currently home to a pair of nesting Bald Eagles.

The project will involve removal of compromised trees, control of invasive species, replanting native spruce, fir and pines and maintenance to prevent re-infestation of invasives.

We have just started on the project and could use your help. A donation of any amount will help us to purchase the trees and make sure they are protected for the future.

Plant a Celebration Trees

Sponsor a tree or shrubs to honor a loved one, or to recognize a special occasion or accomplishment.  Sponsorships start at $100 and have included donations of $1,000 or more.

Help Us Restore Landscapes in the Park

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In the West Grove area, where many gather at shaded picnic tables overlooking the Sound, we need to replace large trees destroyed by storms and anticipate the removal of historic trees nearing the end of their life span.  The Friends have planted and will continue to plant substantial size trees, including sturdy maples and oaks.

Tree Project Accomplishments

9/11 Memorial: Visitors come rear round to Connecticut’s 9/11 Memorial, set at the center point on the Sherwood Island shoreline, a distinctive skyline framed by trees.  Landscaping destroyed in the storms has been replaced with juniper trees, surrounded by northern bayberry bushes.

Pavilion Picnic Area:  Small flowering trees and shrubs have been included in the area surrounding the Pavilion, newly renovated by the state.

West Grove, Entrance Welcome & Dunes: Generous donations enabled the Friends to begin replacing lost or damaged trees in the West Beach grove area. Volunteers have planted native grasses at the main entrance and along a section of East Beach, to foster dune restoration.

Nature Center: At the Nature Center, hub for summertime environmental education in the park, the Friends and community volunteers have started and will continue to plant appropriate small trees and shrubs, fostering awareness of wildlife habitat needs.

What can you do?

• Help clear sites for bush/grasses
• Work on fencing/ tree wrapping
• Participate in soil testing
• Identify/remove invasive species
• Map current tree population
• Assist in Habitat area fencing

Our Park Supervisor and DEEP staff are involved and have volunteered their professional expertise for this effort.

How to Contribute

You can make a donation of any amount to support the campaign.

Donations can be sent to: Friends of Sherwood Island State Park

Attn: 100 Trees Project

P.O. Box 544

Westport, CT 06881

Pavilion Tree Mosaic

 

Artist Claudia Schattman has created a stunning Tree Mosaic to celebrate the trees of Sherwood Island, which can be found on the long Pavilion wall.  Plaques are under design to complement the mosaic and recognize individual, family or group tree and shrub sponsors.

Tree Project Sponsorship

100 Trees for One Hundred Years is sponsored by the Friends of Sherwood Island State Park, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization.  All plantings become the property of the State of Connecticut, and donations will be tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Our Park Supervisor and DEEP staff are involved and have volunteered their professional expertise for this effort.

Genesis and methodology of 100 trees for 100 Years project

Many of the trees and shrubs at Sherwood Island State Park have experienced over 100 years of life in coastal Connecticut.  As you might imagine, this harsh environment has taken its toll on our landscape, with several recent decimating storms causing the loss of at least 100 specimen trees. It is with sincere concern that we urge you to consider a donation to the Friends of Sherwood Islands’ “100 Trees for 100 Years” campaign. Your donation of a tree will help in our effort to maintain the historical beauty of the landscape, and provide shade and solace to the hundreds of thousands of visitors who recreate at Sherwood Island annually.

Once receiving your donation, the most appropriate and desirable species of tree will be hand selected by Friends of Sherwood Island volunteers, and planted in a location determined to be of highest benefit to the Park by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s State Park employees.  This method allows for new plantings to have the greatest possible impact on the natural landscape and environment.  The planting of donated trees occurs in the Fall of each year, and includes protective fencing, stability controls, and routine watering to ensure each new tree has what it needs to thrive.  While we understand donors desire to select tree types and locations, please understand that many factors are considered when choosing the proper type and location for a tree including salt tolerance, overhead and underground utilities, historical relevance, and recent losses – due to storm, disease, etc – and that every effort will be made to select and plant each tree in the location most appropriate.  Please know that your contribution is wholly significant to all of Sherwood Island State Park, and will be recognized by the Friends of Sherwood Island on our Memorial Tree plaque located within the Main Pavilion.

As a result of your generosity, the landscape of Sherwood Island State Park will be preserved and improved, and appreciated by the residents of Connecticut for generations to come.