RENewsletter | May 23, 2010


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Opening Salvo:  “Plan for Washington Grove Park


Several residents who live near and around Rochester’s Washington Grove Park recently attended a meeting hosted by city officials, who presented a new work plan for resolving some of the issues that have built up over the years. Billed as “a breathtaking, undeveloped 100 acre sanctuary filled with large oaks and wildlife in the heart of the city,” many think it has become worn by misuse and over-ridden with invasive species.

The work plan includes: control of invasive species, replanting, trail recovery, park visitation, stewardship, and planning.  The meeting was not well-attended, nor representative of concerned residents, because a couple of nearby neighborhoods (including Upper Monroe) were not notified of this event. 

That’s too bad, because there will be some changes, including taking down several large Norway Maple trees (an invasive species), that will impact those who enjoy the park regularly.  The tree removal’s purpose is to allow endemic plants and trees to flourish and lessen the chance of creating a monoculture.  Things might look untidy for awhile.  

One attendee remarked that the public would better understand the efforts by the city, which included chain-sawing large trees and ripping out weeds, if they were adequately informed and educated on the environmental issues that are being addressed. 


Others were satisfied that the city was taking action on the park and willing to give officials the benefit of their doubts.  One of the doubts was budgetary—could the city afford a continued plan to restore the park?  The city doesn’t have much to spend on its parks nowadays, but there are grants and groups willing to help search for them.


One thing was obvious about the meeting.  Many are passionate about this small city park and are willing to volunteer their time to help efforts to improve the park.

If you are concerned about the new measures taken by the city, Email Mr. Brian Liberti, City Forester with questions or comments, or call the Division of Forestry at (585) 428-7581. Also, to help the city identify residents’ use of this park, complete an online survey of how you use the park: City of Rochester | Washington Grove Park Visitor Survey.  

Check here for the city webpage on Washington Grove Park: City of Rochester | Washington Grove Workplan Development :  “Washington Grove is a woodland area nestled on the eastern edge of Cobbs Hill Park . In 2008, a coalition of neighborhood associations, led by the Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club, came together to develop a management plan for Washington Grove. The group worked to identify the users of the Grove, their needs and interests, and the problems facing the area. They produced a draft management plan and provided it to City officials for their review. On May 20th, 2010, the City will hold a community meeting to present its workplan for the Grove. The workplan will be posted here afterwards.”  (Click on my email for feedback)




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EventsRochester Environmental Events Calendar – [The most complete listing of all environmental events around the Rochester, New York area.]  If you don’t see your event, or know of a local environmental event, please send me the info: with (EV event) in the subject line.



June 2010


·         June 23, 2010: 5 PM | Sheridan Parkside Community Center 169 Sheridan Parkside Dr. Tonawanda, NY 14150 716-873-8340


September 2010






ActionTake Action - Often, I receive request to pass on alerts, petitions, Public Comments on local developments, and environmental items needing action by the Rochester Community and around the world. I’ll keep Actions posted until their due date. 





AwardEnvironmental Site of the Month Award – [On the last Sunday of each month, we present an environmental award for the Rochester-area environmental web site or blog that best promotes the need to protect and offers solutions for our area's environmental issues.]