High Street Park

Demetrius Mossaidis saws a fallen tree on Oct. 10.

Until last year, goats last tended the steep triangle of land bordered by High Street, Station Plaza, and Palisade Street that overlooks the Dobbs Ferry Train Station and Waterfront Park.

In 2017 and 2018, the Village of Dobbs Ferry hired the herbivores to clear the poison ivy and other overgrown vegetation that choked the Village-owed parcel, which includes a closed staircase and an outfall pipe for an underground stream.

Starting in 2019, volunteers picked up where the goats left off, led by Dobbs Ferry residents Sue Galloway, Demetrius Mossaidis, Heidi Postlewait, Lenore Person, and Dipti Shah.

The volunteers removed invasives such as English ivy, Japanese knotweed, and Norway maples and replaced them with native species such as black-eyed Susans, Joe-Pye weed, and coneflowers, as well as eastern redbud and flowering dogwood trees. Galloway and Mossaidis purchased the plants.

The volunteers wrapped up for this year on Saturday, Oct. 10, after working on the site every other weekend since June. For more information about their efforts, visit dfpollinatorpathway.blogspot.com.

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