+ March 7-9, Tuesday – Thursday, weather permitting, restoration work begins at the Rack Track Nature Preserve. Larry Weaner Landscape Associates (LWLA) will machine-cut the invasive barberry bushes and porcelain berry vines at the Preserve in a manner which will encourage regrowth. The DPW will remove any plant debris if necessary. Read more.
The work will take approximately 3 days. The machines will be parked in the Race Track overnight during this operation.
Cutting of the invasive bushes will permit new plant growth. The species and density of the new growth (expected to be a combination of native and invasive) will determine the next stage of restoration work.
The use of the forester machine is an exciting step in combatting invasives and will dramatically change the look of areas formerly covered in barberry bushes and porcelain berry vines. The new growth will be checked for natives which have long been dormant waiting for a chance to germinate. The Race Track has been a surprising home for unique and special native plants despite the disturbances and neglect of years past. We are hopeful that this cutting technique introduced to us by LWLA will not only be cost-effective and reduce the potential for ticks, but a good opportunity to “let Nature take her course” – allowing the real possibility of wonderful native plants flourishing in the treated areas.
LWLA advises that the removal of the bushes and vines will be visually dramatic. But spring is on the way and bare areas will not be left for a long time as new growth comes in.
As always, please stay on the mowed path when you visit the Preserve.
+ April 8, Saturday, 11:00 am —12:00 noon Village Office – all residents are invited to join the Board of Trustees and Tree Advisory Board to hear Larry Weaner present the masterplan (vision, strategy and process) to restore and encourage the biodiverse community of the Race Track Nature Preserve. Read more.
This will be a multi-hear project, funded entirely by donations and grants. The aesthetic vision calls for a meadow of native flowers and grasses with color interests in all seasons, surrounded by a healthy forest of native trees. A new entrance on Clubhouse Road and a few additional walking paths inside the basin will be constructed to facilitate access by residents. (The existing Tuxedo Road entrance will be kept for work vehicles and handicap parking.) For more details go to the Race Track Nature Preserve page on this website.
The Board of Trustees had voted unanimously at their August 2016 meeting to dedicate the Race Track as a Nature Preserve, and to award the work – following an open bid process – to Larry Weaner Landscape Associates (LWLA). Since then, the TPTAB has been reporting regularly to the Board of Trustees on the progress of work with LWLA.
The April 8 presentation by Larry Weaner follows the TPTAB presentation in December 2016 to the Board of Architectural Review regarding the background of the creation of the Preserve, and the open-bid process by which we awarded the contract to LWLA.
+ April 29, Saturday – all residents are invited to celebrate 2017 Arbor Day. See the exciting program here.
2:00 pm Race Track Nature Preserve
- Unveiling of the Race Track Nature Preserve Founding Stewards bronze plaque
- Announcement of the 2017 Arbor Day Award winner
- Theme-based guided tours of the Preserve, each focusing on birds, trees, native plants, invasive species, geology, history
5:00-7:00 pm Cheymore Gallery, Tuxedo Square
- The Friends of the Race Track Preserve invite you to a drinks reception to unveil a new limited-edition (150) woodblock print, "Native Meadow", created by local artist Mae Shore
- Proceeds will benefit the Race Track Nature Preserve
- The exhibition will then run from April 30 until May 13. Gallery hours 9:00am-4:00pm Monday-Friday, 11:00am-3:00pm Saturday
May 10, Wednesday, 6:00- 8:00 pm, NEW YORK CITY, Blumka Gallery, 209 East 72nd Street.
New York City launch of Mae Shore’s limited edition print. Please watch out for the invitation.
+ 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.