Upcoming Events

BROADWAY FOR ALL - Wednesday, January 8, 7:30 pm, the Irvington Library

Please join us at the next public GPTF meeting, which will take place in the Irvington Library on January 8 at 7:30 pm. The first part of the meeting will include a presentation called "Broadway for All: The Route 9 Active Transportation Conceptual Plan". We will learn about a collaborative five-village consortium of Irvington, Dobbs Ferry, Hastings-on-Hudson, Sleepy Hollow, and Tarrytown that is working to create a modern and green corridor with bike lanes, safer crossings and expanded sidewalks. Bike paths can be used by people of all ages. The plan represents and opportunity to improve student safety for school journey and reduce school drop off traffic. Seniors and handicapped people would benefit from safer and easier pathways while monitor vehicles move efficiently and safely too. Conceptual design can be viewed at route9active.org (see the final report). We are happy to report that the Irvington Board of Trustees approved a resolution to continue to move forward on the Route 9 Corridor initiative with the surrounding Rivertowns. 

INVASIVES: WHY SHOULD WE CARE? - Monday, January 13, 7 p.m., the Irvington Library

Please join us at a talk organized by the Pollinator Pathway Project in collaboration with the GPTF, which will focus on invasive plants and their impact on our environment.

Dr. Linda Rohleder will speak about invasive plants and how, if left unchecked, they can aggressively undermine biodiversity and the health of our community. She will talk about why certain plants are deemed “invasive”, why non-native plants, specifically invasive non-native plants, are so harmful to pollinators that depend on native plants, why invasive plants can grow so aggressively and what can be done to stop and eradicate them. Dr. Rohleder has long been an important voice in addressing how invasive species negatively impact our environment: “Plants are the basis of the food web. Most insects are adapted to eat three or fewer species of plants, and when you change those species, suddenly there are fewer insects and less food for birds and butterflies. Invading species have a ripple effect on the whole environment. If we let them run their course, it would still be green, but there would be a lot less species.”

Dr. Rohleder is the Director of Land Stewardship of the New York – New Jersey Trail Conference and the Coordinator of the Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (“PRISM”). The Lower Hudson PRISM partners with a wide range of organizations and conservation groups who are actively involved in education and outreach about invasive species, management of invasive species, surveying and mapping of invasive species, and/or researching invasive species. Dr. Rohleder received her PhD in Ecology from Rutgers University, where she studied the effects of deer on forest understories. She speaks widely about the threat of invasive species and their impact on our environment.