PSEG Long Island employees recently volunteered at the Carpenter Farm Park in Greenlawn to help restore the park’s natural ecosystem, cleaning up trash and clearing an invasive plant species.
David Daly, president and COO of PSEG Long Island, said the restoration project at the park is one of many places across the company’s service territory where employees work to serve the community.
“PSEG Long Island sees significant value in working to give back to our communities and neighbors, helping to enrich the quality of life across Long Island and in the Rockaways,” Daly added.
At Carpenter Farm Park, volunteers removed multiple multiflora rose bushes, an invasive species to Long Island, helping to clear the land for the future planting of native grasses, plants and flowers. The grasslands restoration project will provide a habitat for native insects, birds, and pollinators. The multiflora rose bush is just one of many invasive plant species that the park’s conservation board regularly contends with in maintaining the park’s delicate ecosystem.
Huntington Councilman Mark Cuthbertson commended the volunteer group for its work.
“Their cleanup effort, which involved removing invasive shrubs and trimming back vegetative brush also helped to celebrate ‘National Trails Day’ that was sponsored by the American Hiking Society,” Cuthbertson stated.
Julie Sullivan, volunteer coordinator of the park conservation board’s invasive plants sub-committee, called the PSEG Long Island volunteers “beyond awesome.”
Sullivan continued, “I thoroughly enjoyed working with the group and seeing what they accomplished in just three hours… Carpenter Farm Park’s native grasslands restoration project will help preserve Huntington's native plant heritage for future generations.
“Kudos to you all.”
PSEG Long Island employees get involved with local charity events and organizations through the utility’s Community Partnership Program. In 2015, PSEG Long Island worked with more than 200 Long Island-based organizations. For more information on the program, visit Psegliny.com/page.cfm/Community.