PROJECTS AT CRANE-BESHAR
RHINOCEROS CREEK RESERVATION
Education Pavilion and Native Garden
This handsome pavilion is the first major project at Rhinoceros Creek Reservation. It is the heart of Somers' newest green space – a place to meet, to gather for educational programs, to read, draw or paint, to dream, listen to the orioles sing, catch the beaver swimming by and let the stress of your day fade away.
Like all projects, the pavilion and its native garden patio has a behind-the-scenes story. Our story begins on a snowy day in December, 2017, when Gail and Jan wrote a grant application. Spring brought the exciting news that we had won the NYS grant administered through the Land Trust Alliance. We wasted no time in ordering the pavilion and rounding up our dedicated volunteers to start the project.
A&V Home Improvements laid the foundation then after the pavilion was finished, they returned to grade the surroundings, add an array of boulders, and lay a bluestone patio.
The following spring, volunteers gathered to plant native species of trees, shrubs and perennials. Not only do the plantings offer beauty to the human gaze, but importantly, they provide pollen to native species that are under duress.
Highlights of the project are below.
The Green Loop Trail
Are you adventurous, with good boots and a sturdy hiking stick? Then clamber up the slope at the start of this trail to reach the upland half of this beautiful loop – a rough gem in the making. A diversity of habitat and the views at the top make it worth the effort. The lowland portion that parallels Rt. 202 wends its way through a maze of wetlands that the beavers change at will. A series of bridges and planking will be put in place so it, too becomes passable any time of year.
The trailhead is at the point where the entrance drive (red arrow on map below) turns left (green arrow). A small sign stands at the start. Green paint blazes mark the way.
Thanks to the following for their contributions to the pavilion project!
Most grants require matches of time and money. Your generous donations and volunteer hours help us meet our grant match.
Volunteers who gave their time and muscle to build the pavilion include: Jan Antonucci, Michael Barnhart, John Engel & John Engel Jr., Donald Gambino, George Gatta, David George, Barry & Michael Graziano, Doug Lee, Geoff Line, Mike Lubchenko, Ron Miller, Rick Morrissey, Tom Newman, Frank Petruzzi, Gail & Dan Simpson, Rosey Van Wart, Lorin Woolfe.
Are we missing someone? Please let us know. Photographs courtesy of Jan Antonucci, Donald Gambino, Lauretta Jones, Dan Simpson, and Gail Simpson.
Jan & Bob Antonucci
A & V Home Improvements
Wayne & Karen Eadie
George Gatta & Elizabeth Simpson
Ed Hicks/Orienteering Unlimited, Inc.
Heritage Hills Hikers
The Jantos Family
The Louras Family
Claire L. McLean
The Peters Family
The Russ Family
Gail & Dan Simpson
Somers Democratic Town Committee
Somers Lions Club
Somers Women's Club
The Whipple Family
Ruth M. Woolfe in honor of