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A busy day at Ross Island Park

Mark Brummer, Brummer Tree Service donated and delivered wood chips for the third year. Thanks Mark for your support. Now we need people next Wednesday to help spread the chips. 9:30 am


Chuck brought two Long Branch Boy Scouts and their Scout Master to the island to help cut weeds. Fun.

Other volunteers worked on clearing invasives from the banks to provide a clear view to the stone hut from the shelter.



 ELBERON HISTORIC TOUR  (includes Ross Island Park)

AUG 27   12 – 5 PM   


Rain Barrel Build at Long Branch Community Garden

Today 6 families left the LB Community Garden with rain barrels that they built from plastic 32 gallon trash cans. Chuck demonstrated the method on a barrel to be used in the garden and then, ably aided by Long Branch Troop 148 scouts, people built their own rain barrels. It was a fun and productive 2 hours. Thanks to Long Branch Concordance for donating the trash cans, Chuck Ficca for donating the hardware and expertise, Levester Burnley for bringing the Scouts, Troy Todman and her daughter for videotaping and general good will.

Ocean Township High School Rain Garden is looking good

Welcome to the OTHS rain garden, planted by the science club with help from Rutgers Water Resources and WPBWA.
Water is slowed by the stones and then filtered by the plants before it soaks into the ground and ultimately into the brook.
The downspout was moved to this side of the wall and now feeds the garden.
These grasses thrive in areas that are inundated at times.

These stones, on the west side of the garden,  slow the water flow down and keep try to keep  it from going out into the parking lot if the rain garden overflows.

Everyone was having fun at the planting.
Burke Construction team volunteered to prepare the site. Thanks for your support.
Rutgers Water Resources Division, Michele Hartman waters the new plants.


The Wild Rivers National Monument, New Mexico  was created this year and is already under ‘review’ by Secretary Zinke.  So remember, whether it be the confluence of the Rio Grande and the Red River in New Mexico or our Cranberry Brook and

Cranberry Brook and Whale Pond Brook confluence

Whale Pond Brook, we love and try to protect our rivers and watersheds. Last month at our local Sierra Club meeting we generated 19 letters to Secretary Zinke urging him to protect our national monuments and parks.  At the local level, please join us in our clean-ups, educational efforts,  trail building and gardening.  Get to know your watershed. Check out the events page on how you can get involved.

New plants for Ross Island Park from the Master Gardener Sale

We went to the Master Gardener sale with our native plant list  of ideas from various  people. We wanted to provide food and housing for bees, butterflies and beneficial insects.   Here’s what we purchased, using a generous donation:

Master Gardener sale purchase
Common Name Botanical Name
Mexican Hat Ratibida
Baby Joe Pye eupatorium dubium
Baptisia blue
Giant Hyssop agastache hybrid blue fortune
monarda bradburdiana
mountain mint pycnanthemum muticum
phlox ‘david’
english thyme
sage berggarten
greek oregano

We’ll be planting them this Tuesday, May 23 at 4 pm.  Please join us in celebrating our new additions.


Butterfly release at Ross Island Park

Today was a busy day at the Park.

We changed the shape of the western entrance to the trail and filled in the area with wood chips.  Looks like it’s been like that forever.

We are experimenting with using vinegar on some of the weeds. We poured it on and will see what they look like on Wednesday.

Suzan Cole released beautiful butterflies that she and her ESL class hatched. She released them in our butterfly garden. She also released some lady bugs that her class nurtured.

She also picked her 4X4 garden area.

We’ll be there again at 2 – 4:30 on Wednesday, May 17.

Ospreys at Ross Lake

Chuck and I were working at Ross Lake this afternoon and saw an osprey dive into the water and come up with a fish in it’s talons.  It flew away to the north and it’s mate flew along with it.  If you stand quietly in the garden you will see so many wondrous things.

Come join us this Wednesday May  beginning at 1 until ????? as we help to beautify the garden.  Tools and gloves will be available or you can just stop by to chat and enjoy the beauty and serenity of the lake and garden.

Elinore Ave, Long Branch 07740