Category Archives: Walk with Protectors

Neighborhood Nature Series – Annandale – October 1, 2018 – 4 PM – 6 PM

There is nature in every neighborhood on Staten Island and Protectors president, Cliff Hagen, is excited to visit different locations across the island to explore and enjoy the nature at our doorsteps. Participants will meet in the center of town, Annadale Green, at the intersection of Annadale Road and Jefferson Boulevard and North Railroad Street. We will walk the local streets and watch for the readying activity of squirrels and blue jays, search for late migrating birds, butterflies and dragonflies and try to identify aged trees based on bark, colorful foliage and leaf litter. For more information call Cliff Hagen at 718-313-8591 or email him at

Viburnum Planting at Blue Heron Park – September 30 – 10 AM-2 PM

Saturday, September 30, 2017 – 10 AM – 2 PM

Participants will meet at the nature Center in Blue Heron Park (222 Poillon Avenue). This is a special planting workshop; we are going to plant 50 Arrowwood Viburnums in the park in an attempt to replace some of the many that have been killed by Viburnum Leaf Beetles. Protectors will provide gloves, tools and refreshments. In case of heavy rain, planting will be postponed until Sunday, October 1st. For more information call Don Recklies at (718) 768-9036 or Chuck Perry at (718) 667-1393. (Service credit is available.)

Richard Buegler 10-Mile Winter Walk

Saturday, January 14, 9:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Richard BueglerWinter 10-mile Greenbelt Walk – Protectors’ members are being encouraged to save the date for this iconic winter encounter with Staten Island’s woodlands, ponds, hills and vistas. The ten mile hike along the Greenbelt’s white trail brings participants in close contact with the winter woods. Dress warmly and bring lunch and beverage. We’ll meet at the Eaton Place carousel parking lot of Willowbrook Park. For more information contact Dominick Durso at (917) 478-7607, Don Recklies at (718) 768-9036 or Chuck Perry at (718) 667-1393.

Photos: St. Francis Friary

SILIVE: Protectors celebrates woodlands with scenic walk – 07/12/15

Group celebrates woodlands with scenic walk

By Paul Liotta | Staten Island Advance

STATEN ISLAND,  N.Y. — A local conservation group led a walk through a scenic part of Todt Hill that is facing sale.  A small group of local nature enthusiasts came out to the St. Francis Woodlands to take in the scenery in a walk through the area.

Protectors of Pine Oak Woods led a group of seven on a nature walk through the St. Francis Friary Woodlands Sunday morning,  with the hope of educating them about all the area has to offer.

New York State purchased the 25 acre area for $10 million in 1995, under the Pataki Administration and added it to the 2500 acre Staten Island Greenbelt, assuring its survival.

However, the group worries that the 5 acres the Franciscans still own will be sold for development.

“The woodlands of the friary are truly a treasure,” Clifford Hagen, the president of PPOW said. “Our mission has always been about preserving and protecting the beautiful areas that are part of our borough.”

As of now, it seems the Friars will be selling the property to another religious organization. It is unclear what organization that is but the Rev. Brad Milunski says that once the contract is finalized that the identity of the buyer will be made public.

The site has been operated by the friars for the better part of a century and has an extensive history.

After the sale of Mount Manresa, another green space on Staten Island, many are wary of the sale of the 5 acres atop Todt Hill.

“It’s similar in a sense it being a religious institution, but it is very dissimilar,” Hagen said. “The community here up on Todt Hill has a stronger voice, they’re certainly well organized and they have the help of City Council.”




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