Chestnut pulls begin; volunteers needed

Date(s) - Wednesday, Jun 01, 2016
12:00 am

Audubon Center & Sanctuary


Volunteers are needed to pull the European water chestnut at the Audubon Nature Center, 1600 Riverside Rd., one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, NY, and Warren, PA.

Water chestnut floats on the water with a single root to the bottom. If left alone, plants grow to cover an entire water body so densely that nothing can easily navigate through them, reducing the light to the bottom and significantly impacting populations of other plants and animals in the pond.

“It hasn’t gone away yet, so we’re starting even earlier this year to attack the European water chestnut that’s invading our waterways,” said Audubon Nature Center President Ruth Lundin. “We simply must control this infestation to keep it from spreading to other lakes and waterways in the region, including Conewango Creek and Chautauqua Lake.”

Much of the Nature Center’s 600-acre wetland preserve is covered by a series of ponds, so there is plenty of opportunity for the water chestnut to take root.

Service clubs, church groups, Scouts, families and individuals are invited to choose times when they can volunteer.

Individuals who can bring kayaks, canoes or chest waders should mention this when signing up.

Equipment is needed as well, specifically the donation or loan of both kayaks and chest waders.

For more information or to volunteer, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours or email