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On the last day of 2009 the Udalls Cove Preservation Committee (UCPC) completed another  significant restoration project � this one in the Virginia Point portion of Udalls Cove Park and Preserve.   

The work was carried out in an area located immediately north of the northern terminus of Little Neck Parkway.  The rectangular shaped parcel that was restored was, prior to the start of the work, completely overgrown with invasive species of vegetation � primarily mugwort and porcelainberry.  The restoration project started November 4, 2009 with removal of this weedy growth.  That was followed by grubbing out the roots to minimize regrowth, and then replanting with a variety of appropriate, indigenous species of trees and shrubs.  Finally, the new plantings were surrounded with wood chip mulch to further suppress growth of weeds.

 A wood chip-lined path through the restoration site now provides visitors access to the open parkland just to the north, with its lovely views of a large, healthy salt marsh and the open water of Udalls Cove beyond.  A small parking area just outside the restoration site was also improved with the placement of bluestone over what was previously just a muddy space.

 The restoration features 14 different species of native plants including redstem dogwood, shadblow, American holly, bayberry, red cedar, iris and black-eyed susan.

 This restoration project � like all of UCPC�s work in the Park � was carried out in full cooperation with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYCDPR), the owner of the land in question.  The work was conducted by a professional landscape contractor hired by UCPC.  It was carried out in conformance with the terms of a wetlands permit issued by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), and construction and forestry permits issued by NYCDPR.  

The $17,000 project was funded through contributions collected by the organization.

 UCPC started its parkland restoration work in the early 1990�s, planting many hundreds of trees in a section of the Park that borders Northern Boulevard.  From 2003 to 2006 UCPC removed about 1.5 million pounds of concrete rubble from an area of the Udalls Cove Ravine near the Douglaston Firehouse, where it had been dumped decades earlier (before the site was designated to become a park).  In 2008 UCPC completed a major erosion control and restoration project in that section of the Ravine.  UCPC has also installed an attractive wooden guard rail along Sandhill Road (known locally as �the Back Road�) near Aurora Pond.  (See related news stories on this web site.)

 UCPC has now added the Virginia Point section of the park to those on which it is concentrating efforts.  This area was the site of two commercial boat yards until the early 1960's.  Today, little more than some old wooden bulkheads, a couple of derelict boat hulls, and several piles of rubbish are left of those marinas; most of the area is now wooded.  In June, 2009 UCPC sponsored an Eagle Scout project involving installation of over a hundred feet of split rail fence at one park entry point.  Another Eagle Scout project carried out in November, 2009 established the first several hundred feet of what will eventually be a network of trails winding through this interesting area.  (See related news story on this web site.)

 Between 2005 and 2009 UCPC has invested over $165,000 in restoration work around the Udalls Cove Park and Preserve, of which $100,000 came through grants secured by State Senator Frank Padavan and former City Councilman Tony Avella. 

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