Here’s to the heroic team that took this mess
and made it a WONDERFUL Osprey Platfrom. And in Feb! See their progress below:
Mark Hally, Terry Shaw,Mathew Hally, Tina Green, Ed Haesche with completed Osprey platform on February 21,2018.Here’s a personal letter from Tina Green to the Aspetuck Land Trust and Friends of Sherwood:My heartfelt thanks go out to all of you. Thank you Aspetuck Land Trust and Friends of Sherwood for your donations to pay for the platform materials and to Terry Shaw and Mark Hally for building the platform. It was a great team effort to get the platform done and installed just in time for our Ospreys which will be returning in the next few weeks.Thank you Mark and Mathew Hally, Ed Haesche, Deanna Broderick, and Gilles Carter who volunteered their time and “muscle” to help make our new Osprey platform a reality.Terry and his team moved with precision and purpose and were awesome to watch in action.Our Osprey platform was the 65th Terry has built and installed in the state and it won’t be his last!Thanks also to Jim Beschle, the park supervisor, and his hard working staff, who have supported my efforts to keep Sherwood Island State Park as a top birding destination in CT and in the northeast.Our Ospreys will be arriving in the next few weeks and I will update you with a photo when they do!Warmest regards,
Tina GreenWestport CT
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.
Download the FOSI Tree Brochure here!
• 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 Years: Levels of donation
$750 – Significant size trees (when planted)
$500 – Smaller tree (when planted)
$275 – Three shrubs or understory (examples below)
$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
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
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.
COME TO OUR ANNUAL SHOREFEST!!!
RSVP Deadline is Tuesday, September 5th, 2017
Mail this completed form to the Friends, P.O. Box 544, Westport, CT 06881 with check payable to “Friends of Sherwood Island State Park” or register and purchase tickets and memberships online at www.friendsofsherwoodisJand.org
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