Restoring Our Ecosystem





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Project Description

Country: USA

Location: Larchmont, NY

Total Budget: $1,000

Area of Focus: The environment

Activity Type: Community Development: Construction/Renovation

Summary: Restoring the ecological health and functions, aesthetic value and community use of Kane Park (Larchmont) by replacing sod grass with native plants

All life, including human life, is part of and dependent on other life. The interaction of life forms in a geographic space is called and "ecosystem". Many life forms within an ecosystem evolved together and developed many interdependent relationships. Each relies on other specific native life forms for food, shelter and reproduction. When ecosystems are damaged (e.g., a species is made extinct) it effects the other life forms in the ecosystem. Other species that evolved to be dependent on a newly extinct species will, absent suitable and numerous enough alternatives, cease to exist themselves.

Global warming poses a threat to our ecosystem. Scientific studies have found that a mass extinction of living things is well underway and unless mass extinction is stopped and reversed within 7-15 years (by 2030-2035), the Earth will become uninhabitable for humans. Extinction of plant species worsens Climate Change. Global Climate change is driven by excess carbon in the atmosphere. Plants store carbon-but not all equally. Native plants are especially good at storing carbon deeply in the earth.

We propose to restore Native Plants to Kane Park located in Larchmont, NY. Native plants provide food sources (nectar, pollen, seeds, leaves, and stems), nesting materials, and cover/protective spaces for native insects/pollinators, birds and other animals. Native plants reduce energy consumption and pollution (limited need for mowing, irrigation, etc.). they eliminate the need for fertilizers and pesticides, enhance aesthetics and visual quality that are uniquely "of this place", they protect at-risk species as well as the biodiversity and stewardship of our natural heritage.

The Larchmont/Mamaroneck Ecosystem is generally not so good and worsening. There are fewer trees each year, more invasive plant species. Most privately owned open space is dominated by non-native turf grass and imported flowering plants/shrubs.

Our club will work in a restoration process stratifying seeds, planting, waterings. We will choose plant species that are native to our region and grow in wild spaces that share the same core conditions (light, soil type, moisture, etc.) as present at the Kane Park planting site (and thus won't need fertilizing, long term watering, etc.) The project will include sourcing seeds that are local ecotypes and endangered species of plants native to our area and use some of the seeds from these plants, when mature, to restore other local sites.

Funds of $1000 will be allocated towards the purchase of seeds, and plants for Kane Park.

Larchmont Club members along with other volunteers will assist in the removal of non-native sod and installing native plants.

Project Contact Person

District: 7230

Rotary Club of: Larchmont

Primary Contact: Marion Anderson

Email: marion.anderson@heartsong.org

Project Status

This project is "Approved". This means that the district leadership has reviewed and approved the allocation of district funds for this project. Once the funds from the district have been issued, the status of the project will be changed to "Paid".

Project listed for the 2023-24 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





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Project Supporting Documents

Project Photos

History Log Entries


by Marion Anderson

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Mahbub Ahmad

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.


System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Marion Anderson.


by Lester Nathan

System Entry: Project signed by Lester Nathan.


by Mahbub Ahmad

System Entry: Project reverted to "Submitted" - Marion White added to the list of signatories.


System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Marion White.


by Mahbub Ahmad

System Entry: Project approved by the District Approval Committee.

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