Dan Woog’s essential 06880–Where Westport Meets the World talked about Sherwood Island’s new entry fees, or lack thereof:

Overlooked in the blizzard of news following the passage of our state’s last-in-the-nation budget is this:

Starting January 1, Connecticut residents will no longer pay for admission to 24 state parks and 3 state forests.

 

As Dan says,

 

Sherwood Island — the often-overlooked 232-acre gem right inside our borders — might get a few more town visitors.

 

Click the link below to read the whole article:

Free Sherwood Island!

The Friends’ Project, “100 Trees for One Hundred Years” was featured on Dan Woog’s blog! See his coverage at: https://06880danwoog.com/2017/10/03/1-mosaic-100-trees/)

He even covered Claudia Schattman’s magnificent artwork, where donors’ names will be placed!

       

 

When Hurricanes Irene and Sandy swept through Connecticut, Sherwood Island lost dozens of mature trees and suffered significant habitat loss.  We still have much work to do to restore plantings that will be resilient against future storms. We need your help to purchase trees, shrubs and grasses.

 

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Download the FOSI Tree Brochure here!

 

PURPOSE:

• Replace lost trees
• Protect coastal wildlife habitat
• Maintain our coastal forest
• Enhance your Park’s unique environment

Hurricanes Irene and Sandy swept through the CT coastline and Sherwood Island was not immune to their effects. Due to the major habitat and mature tree loss 100 trees, shrubs and grasses are being planted throughout the Park.

Trees and shrubs will be selected based on professional urban forester recommendations for salt tolerance and ability to thrive in the coastal environment.

Park personnel will manage the planting process, and funds will be allocated for plant maintenance.

9/11 Memorial – Planting plans are complete to replace lost trees and enhance the Memorial. Work began in fall 2015, and plans include planting juniper trees and northern bayberries.

1 – Pavilion Picnic Area: Small flowering trees and shrubs will be included in the area surrounding the newly renovated pavilion.
2 – Main Entrance and Exit: Welcome visitors to the park with native grasses and trees.
3 – Nature Center: Specimen plantings at the Nature Center and for the nature trails program will foster awareness of wildlife habitat needs.
4 – Habitat Conservation and Restorations: Planting of shrubs and beneficial grasses and dune restoration.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

• Volunteer for a “planting” day
• Attend a tree planting workshop
• 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

Donate: Make a donation of any amount to support the project. Your donation will cover planting materials and maintenance.

Celebration Trees: Sponsor a tree or shrubs to honor a loved one, an event or accomplishment, or recognize someone special. Sponsorships range from $100 to $1,000.

 

100 Trees for One Hundred YearsLevels of donation

$750 – Significant size trees (when planted)

  • Post Oak – Quercus stellata
  • Black Gum – Nyssa sylvatica
  • Maidenhair Tree – Gingko biloba
  • Hawthorn – Crataegus (CT native varieties – C. chrysocarpa, C. crusgalli, C. prunes, C. punctata, and C. succulent)
  • Black Cherry – Prunus serotina
  • Tree Lilac – Syringa reticulate
  • American Elm
  • Gray Birch – Betula populifolia

$500 – Smaller tree (when planted)

  • Post Oak – Quercus stellata
  • Black Gum – Nyssa sylvatica
  • Maidenhair Tree – Gingko biloba
  • Hawthorn – Crataegus (CT native varieties – C. chrysocarpa, C. crusgalli, C. prunes, C. punctata, and C. succulent)
  • Black Cherry – Prunus serotina
  • Tree Lilac – Syringa reticulate
  • American Elm
  • Gray Birch – Betula populifolia

$275 – Three shrubs or understory (examples below)

  • Viburnum – (V. acerifolium Maple leaf / V. dentatum Arrow wood)
  • Bayberry – Myrica
  • Low Bush Blueberry – Vaccinium angustifolium
  • Beach plum – Prunus maritima
  • Virginia Rose – Rosa virginiana
  • Highbush Blueberry – Vaccinium corymbosum
  • Summersweet – Clethra
  • Shad Bush – Amelanchier
  • American Witchhazel (Hamamelis virginiana L.)

$100 – Native plants and grasses for dune and habitat restoration

$50 – Native plants and grasses for dune and native habitat restoration

Other Shrubs and Plants available upon request

(04/04/16)

 

Commemorative Piece: Dedications will be installed at the Pavilion listing the names of the Tree sponsors and planting locations; donor acknowledgement will be provided to all donors.

All donations $100 and above will be recognized on the wood frame of the Tree Mosaic. The frame will be composed of pieces of wood in the shape of circles or rectangles.

Donations of $100 – $274 will be with other names in a circle. Donations of $275 and above will have their own circle. Donations of $500 and above will have their own rectangle.

Donations below $100 will be listed on a separate donations sheet which will be near the mosaic, behind
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Questions? E-mail:
sherwoodisland.100trees@gmail.com

Friends of Sherwood Island State Park
Attn: 100 Trees Project
P.O. Box 544 Westport, CT 06881

 

 

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

 

 

FRIENDS OF SHERWOOD ISLAND HOLD ANNUAL MEETING
Westport, CT
June 9, 2017
The Friends of Sherwood Island held their Annual Meeting Thursday, at which the public was invited.
It was a chance for the Friends to show off and celebrate the year’s achievements and events–and the people who made them happen. Co-Presidents Erica Caldwell and Liz-Ann Koos congratulated Allison Rivard for her phenomenal work organizing 5–count’em–5 events for CT Trails Day last weekend–trails over land, sea and in the air! Pamela Adams presented long-time Friend Sheila O’Neill–who has been on the Board for 12 years, and has maintained vital communications with other CT Friends’ groups–with an Honorary Life Membership.
The Friends have created a Friends’ Advisory Council for special contributors. People like Tony Palmer of Anthony’s Nursery & Garden Center in Westport, who donated work and plants to help bring the newly-restored Pavillion up to proper condition in time for last year’s 9/11 Commemoration. And people like Tina Green and super-photographer AJ Hand who help us all appreciate the beauty and variety of the bird life on Sherwood Island.
The featured speaker was Adam Whelchel, Ph.D, the Director of Science at the Nature Conservancy CT. He addressed the availability of land for vital salt marshes in the coming years of rising sea levels, estimated at 4’4″ in the next few decades. He talked about how the rise will affect land and salt marshes on the shoreline in Connecticut as a whole, in our community of Westport, and on Sherwood Island. There are political aspects to how we deal with this issue, and State Senator Toni Boucher and Dr. Whelchel had a great discussion about them!
It was a convivial and informative event. Even some Board business got done.
And the hor d’oeuvres were delicious!
Co-Presidents Liz-Ann Koos and Erica Caldwell
Sheila O’Neill gets a well-deserved Lifetime Membership Award. From left: Erica Caldwell, Sheila O’Neill, Tara Engle (Sheila’s daughter), Pamela Adams
Generous contributor to the 9/11 Pavilion vegetation, Tony Palmer, of Anthony’s Nursery & Garden Center.
State Senator Toni Boucher
Sheila O’Neill’s daughter Tara Engle enjoyed taking pics of her mom.
 
New Nature Center Director Sophia Corde
Dr. Adam Whelchel took us on a journey to the slightly-damper future.
 
State Senator Toni Boucher gets in a little meet-and-greet.
  
A Friend, a Supervisor, and a Senator discuss events in Hartford. Let’s hope the State Parks do well!
 
Cathy Talmadge, Board of Trustees, EarthPlace in Westport and Tony McDowell, Executive Director of EarthPlace in Westport)
Tina Green and Photographer AJ Hand