We invite you to join us on Wednesday, Sept. 16 from 7-8 M via Zoom for a panel discussion and Q&A on how you can incorporate sustainable landscaping to not only protect our waterways, but also to promote biodiversity and healthy regional ecosystems.

Our panelists include Dr. Hildur Palsdottir, Co-founder of ReWild Long Island, Matt Gettinger, Owner of Long Island Natives and Frank Piccininni, Director of Habitat Restoration at Save The Great South Bay who will be discussing sustainable landscaping, habitat restoration, stormwater management, and local stewardship.

Register here: www.rewildingli.eventbrite.com

About Our Distinguished Panelists

Dr. Hildur Palsdottir, Co-founder ReWild Long Island

Hildur received a PhD in Biochemistry from the Max-Planck Institute of Biophysics, where she studied Cellular Bioenergetics.  She currently serves as Board President for the Science Museum of Long Island, is dedicated to bringing mindfulness and sustainability to STEAM education for all ages and was one of the Founders  on the Board of ReWild Long Island.

Matt Gettinger, Owner, Long Island Natives

Matt is a NYS Certified Nursery and Landscape Professional (CNLP)and co-owner of Long Island Natives, an off shoot of the well-established wholesale grower Country Gardens Nursery, based out of Eastport NY and founded in 1947 by S. Robert “Bob” Gettinger, Matt’s grandfather. Matt’s focus is on growing native vegetation for use in the naturalized landscape.

Frank Piccininni, Director of Habitat Restoration

On top of his law degree, Frank is a biologist, avid environmentalist, chairperson of our Habitat Restoration program. His role includes researching, designing and implementing native plantings along the South Shore of Long Island which serve as filters to creek pollutants. Frank is a Senior Attorney at Sterling Risk and co-founder at SMPIL Consulting.

This Save the Great South Bay event was made possible in conjunction with the Greater Sayville Civic Association and through the generous support of York Analytical Laboratories, the Lessing’s Hospitality Group and Blue Point Brewing, and SMPIL Consulting.

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