MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- The Westchester Land Trust recently received a $25,000 grant from the Westchester Community Foundation’s H.P. Kraft Memorial Fund.
This grant was awarded in support of the organization’s efforts to improve 35 acres of wetland habitat along the Long Island Sound in Mamaroneck.
“The Westchester Land Trust is dedicated to protecting and caring for the local environment -- from the Long Island Sound and the Hudson River to Putnam County, with many locations in between,” said Lori J. Ensinger, WLT president. “We are delighted that one of the area’s most engaged foundations recognized our efforts and decided to partner with us to improve this wetland habitat in southern Westchester.”
WLT’s efforts to improve the 35-acre Otter Creek Preserve will include clearing trails and the entrances, fixing the boardwalk, updating educational signage and more.
This effort will benefit the Mamaroneck community as well as the surrounding area. Besides the passive recreation opportunities afforded by hiking and walking open space in the densely populated southern Westchester, wetlands are one of the most threatened ecosystems in the United States, according to the National Wildlife Federation.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency website, communities benefit in a multitude of ways from ecosystems, including nutrient regulation, water supply, soil and sediment regulation, vital habitat for migratory birds, fish and mammals, and, of course, as a critical flooding buffer during significant storms.
“WLT’s work at Otter Creek will complement the foundation’s support of other efforts to restore the Long Island Sound ecosystems and increase public access to its shores,” said Catherine Marsh, executive director of the Westchester Community Foundation.