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Larry Weaner Landscape Associates (LWLA) have begun their restoration planning work for the Race Track Nature Preserve.

The background of the creation of the Preserve, the award of the contract for a restoration design and maintenance plan to LWLA, and the details of LWL’s mandate will be presented by TPTAB to the Board of Architectural Review (BAR) on December 6, 2016. The draft LWLA plans will be reviewed by the BAR on February 7, 2017, and by the Board of Trustees at a special public meeting in early March (date to be confirmed.)   

Here is the LWLA team on a site visit with Dena Steele.


On October 23, 2016 (rain date) more than sixty residents and guests attended the Official Ceremony at which the Village of Tuxedo Park Board of Trustees dedicated the Race Track as our community’s nature Preserve. Click here to see photos.

This highly visible, but long neglected, valley will be transformed under the guidance of renowned landscape design firm, Larry Weaner Landscape Associates, who was selected by the Board of Trustees after an open bid process.

An expansive meadow of colorful native flowers and grasses, surrounded by a healthy forest and featuring meandering footpaths will offer all-season enjoyment and educational opportunities, as well as greatly benefit the ecological health of our Village.

This multi-year project is funded entirely by private donations and government grants.

+ Click here to learn how you can help conserve and protect our community Nature Preserve

Each resident of Tuxedo Park is responsible for the stewardship of the natural resources of the Race Track Nature Preserve. By doing so, we ensure the Preserve remains a place where we can have the unique experience and pleasure of being surrounded by nature. We need to protect the native wildlife and flora, and conserve the distinctive habitats identified by environmentalist Spider Barbour: different types of meadows; swamp, marsh and seasonal wetland; and forest. We must strive to produce long-term benefits to wildlife and promote native biodiversity, in accordance with sound and generally-accepted soil and water conservation methods.

To take responsibility for this proactive stewardship of our Preserve, visitors are reminded to:

  • stay on the mowed circular path (for your own safety because there is a defunct drainage system covering a large area of the Preserve);

  • carry out what we carry in/remove any litter;

  • keep pets on a leash (for their safety as well) and pick up after them (be considerate to fellow visitors);

  • not smoke (we don’t want to start a forest fire);

  • not play loud music (we don’t want to disturb the nesting birds and animals);

  • not capture, release or feed animals;

  • not take out any plants or animal/bird nests and eggs;

  • and generally not to disturb any components of the natural landscape (not even the rocks).

Thank you for being stewards of the Race Track Nature Preserve.


On October 24, 2016, 108 trees and shrubs (given to us free by the DEC Trees for Tribs Program) were planted at the southern end of Tuxedo Lake with the help of the Garden Club and DPW.

The purpose is to establish a riparian vegetative buffer to help control storm water runoff from the hills adjacent to East Lake Road that brings pollutants and nutrients into our drinking reservoir. Click here to see photos.


September 23, 2016 Tree Disease and Invasive Species Management Seminar a success.

Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and professional experts gave presentations on invasive species management and tree diseases to more than 40 landscapers and homeowners.

If you missed the event, here is some helpful information.

 

 

October 24, 2016 planting with the DEC at the Southern end of Tuxedo Lake: volunteers in their best “tree” pose.

© Martin Pomp, winner, Nature Photo of the Month.

Trees are vital to Tuxedo Park

Trees keep our drinking water clean.

Trees sustain our clean air.

Trees contribute to the rustic character of our landscape.

Trees nurture a wildlife habitat rich in biodiversity.

Trees provide the underpinning of our historical provenance.

Trees are an invaluable environmental and economic asset.

 

Each resident is a guardian of this resource for the benefit of current and future generations.