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Deepest Appreciation For Everyone Who Attended Our Book Launch!

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The Friends of Hempstead Plains are pleased to announce the publication of our new book, The Natural and Human History of Hempstead Plains.

The work is interdisciplinary in approach and includes contributions from geologists, biologists, botanists, historians, and artists. A team of scholars from Hofstra University, Molloy College, and Nassau Community College, along with experts from the larger community, worked cooperatively on the book which was edited and planned by Dr. Paul van Wie of Molloy College. There are articles on both the geology and ecology of the Plains as well as their important role in the history of the United States. The book was designed to be the definitive work on the subject, and a valuable resource as we work to restore and preserve the remaining Plains acreage for future generations.

To mark the publication of the Natural and Human History of Hempstead Plains, the Friends of Hempstead Plains held a “Book Launch” event on Thursday, May 12.

The event took place at Nassau Community College, in the 11th floor of the Tower Building. 



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A Special THANK YOU to The Town of Hempstead and Nassau Community College for helping support our Fall Festival.  Town Supervisor Don Clavin, and NCC President Jermaine Williams committed themselves to another festival in 2022!  Mark your calendars now for a bigger and better Fall Festival at the Plains October 1, 2022!

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Front Garden Planted  
Over 20 Boyscouts and Nassau Community College students transformed the look of the Education Center by removing weeds around it and replacing them with natives.   Thank you to all who came out, especially to Eagle Scout Candidate Scott Henneberger and his family, as well as the South Shore Audubon Society, who granted funds for restoring habitat with native plants.  

Invasive Species Controlled 
Black Swallow-wort appeared for the first time on this section of Plains in 2017.  It is a highly invasive plant which is particularly detrimental to Monarchs.  Volunteers did an amazing job knocking back the Swallow-wort and thus protecting Monarchs.  



 Friends of Hempstead Plains at Nassau Community College, Inc. was formed in 2001, dedicated to the perpetual preservation, restoration and management of the site through scientific research and education. 
Our goals are: 
• Protect the land ~ prevent further destruction of critical habitat and promote compatible development in the surrounding area.
• Restore the ecological habitat ~ restore the prairie grassland that once covered the area and rare species that depend on it.
• Promote and provide assistance for good stewardship of the land.
• Develop educational programs ~ offer environmental education for the community and coordinate educational opportunities for students of all ages.
• Promote research by college faculty and students.
• Encourage community involvement in restoration and management practices.

Directions: From Meadowbrook Parkway take Exit M4 to Charles Lindbergh Blvd.  Or from Merrick Ave., turn west on Charles Lindbergh Blvd. (between Hempstead Ave. and Stewart Ave.) Follow Charles Lindbergh Blvd. to first right turn into NCC East Campus.  Turn Right into East Campus. See Hempstead Plains at first intersection. Turn right into Hempstead Plains parking area.  @40.7271276,-73.5882271

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