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Race Track Nature Preserve attained another milestone

On July 28, more than 70 residents gathered at the Race Track Nature Preserve to dedicate its new North Entrance and to honor the Meadow Stewards, whose generosity, adding to that of the Founding Stewards, has made possible this ongoing ecological restoration project. The event started with a tour of the Preserve to observe the green growths in the just-seeded native meadow areas. The visitors saw the profusion of returning native flowers and grasses (e.g., Bee Balm, Black-eyed Susan, Joe Pye Weed, Little Blue Stem, Milkweed) after the removal of the invasive plants, the newly-planted trees and shrubs, and the native stone rip raps installed along the Tuxedo Road and Clubhouse Road embankments to improve erosion control and storm water runoff. There has been a resurgence in biodiversity in the Preserve, with turkeys and other species of birds, butterflies, beetles, bees, and foxes having been recently sighted. The focus of our work for the rest of 2018 will be on maintenance, with more seeding and planting scheduled for early summer 2019.


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New offering from the Race Track Nature Preserve Friends

Original mounted and framed herbarium artwork (each is unique) available by courtesy of Christopher Gow for each tax-deductible donation of $150 to the Preserve. Contact Racetrackfriends@gmail.com to order or for more information.


+The Village has gone native!

In consultation with the Tree Advisory Board, the Village has planted native meadow flowers and grasses at the refurbished Wee Wah Dam. Meadow plants are beautiful. They have deep roots that are excellent for controlling soil erosion and storm water runoff. They are low maintenance: they don’t ever require watering – apart from rain. In the first year after seeding, they have to be mowed once a month from July to October to about 5 inches above ground. Thereafter, they require only one mowing each year in February or March, snow permitting, for maintenance.

The Village has also planted a grove of native trees on Tuxedo Road at an area previously choked with unsightly invasive plants, and seeded the soil with native meadow grasses. Click here for the list of native trees..

Going forward, the DPW will use native meadow seeds to stabilize any disturbed areas resulting from work on our infrastructure.

A huge thank you to our DPW for a job very well done!


+The season for tree pruning is over!

Pruning out of the dormant season (October—March) increases the risk of pathogen and bacterial infections both airborne and carried by beetles (e.g. the deadly Oak Wilt disease which could decimate Tuxedo Park’s Oak forest). Untimely pruning also disturbs the nesting birds and other wildlife.


+Don’t move firewood long distances

It facilitates the spreading of Invasive species such as Emerald Ash Borer that kills Ash trees. Instead, buy it where you’ll burn it, buy certified heat-treated firewood, or gather on site where permitted.


Volunteers Needed!

To continue the momentum of suppressing invasives and encouraging native plants. No experience is necessary as training will be provided. All that is required is a willingness to help benefit the community of Tuxedo Park as well as the environment. Please contact tptreeboard@gmail.com or speak to any of the Tree Advisory Board members, Chui Yin Hempel, Christopher Gow, Jill Swirbul and Alan McHugh (Trustee Liaison).


We are most grateful to local artist Mae Shore for creating this beautiful limited-edition (150) woodblock print, “Native Meadows”, to benefit the Race Track Nature Preserve. Mae is presenting the framed print to any person who donates $500 to the Preserve. This donation for a public cause is tax deductible. More than a third of the prints have been claimed/reserved. For more details, please contact Mae at mae@cheymoregallery.com, or visit www.cheymoregallery.com


IMPORTANT SAFETY TIPS when visiting the Race Track Nature Preserve. Read more.


Lawn and other fertilizers containing phosphorus are banned by law in Tuxedo Park. Read more.


Oak tree killing disease found in Brooklyn and Long Island: help prevent it from coming to Tuxedo Park by not pruning your oak trees until winter. Read more.

 

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

© Bryna 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.