From the Queens Tribune:
The lush green wrapped around the calm of Willow Lake remains locked away; the wildlife preserve is in various states of neglect and overgrowth.
In 2006, the end of the footbridge crossing into Willow Lake showed a marker that outlined the trail, which was completely grown over.
Now a timeline has finally been set for the area’s late-2011 reopening, after years of remaining closed to the public.
The Parks Department began rehabilitating the appendage to Flushing Meadows Corona Park last fall, with a multi-phased approach aimed at restoring the area’s natural growth and inhabitants.
“The philosophy is, where you restore the plant life, the animals will follow,” said Bram Gunther, Parks Dept. Deputy Chief of Forestry and Horticulture.
The Parks Dept. is currently eliminating invasive species, namely phragmites, porcelain berries and mugwarts, which Gunther said decreases biodiversity.
There will also be a systematic attempt to stymie erosion through the use of silt fencing and hay bales, which keep soil in place until new plantings’ roots can take hold and provide stability.
And yes, there will be new plantings – plenty of them.
According to Gunther, the agency plans to add just under 13,000 trees to the Willow Lake preserve as part of the City’s MillionTreesNYC initiative.