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Invasives Work at Schodack Island
   On Saturday, September 29, 2012, ASCR and NYS Parks at Schodack Island co-sponsored a TogetherGreen Volunteer Days Event at Schodack Island. The purpose of the day's activities was to cut oriental bittersweet vines. These invasive vines overwhelm the tree canopy and degrade the habitats of the cerulean warbler and bald eagle. NYS Park biologist Casey Holzworth and SUNY Albany professor George Robinson determined the strategy to be used. Twenty-eight people showed up to cut a total of more than 3,000 vines, 100 of which were more than 2" in diameter. Dr. Robinson estimates that the day's efforts will help about 500 canopy trees to recover and amounts to 5 to 10 acres of habitat improvement. TogetherGreen is funded by Toyota.
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