+Race Track Nature Preserve: April 2018 update
In March, the DPW mowed the entire flat basin. This annual operation controls the residual invasive plants, encourages native growths and prepares the ground for seeding and planting in June at the southern end where Miscanthus, a highly invasive mono-cultural silvery grass had proliferated. Seeding and planting of other areas will follow this autumn and in 2019.
+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.
+April 18, 2018 Earth Week and Arbor Day celebrations
Early on Wednesday morning, TAB members took 50 students from Tuxedo Park School on a trail hike to teach them how to identify native and invasive plants. Trees were planted at the School and at the Race Track Nature Preserve to celebrate Earth Week and Arbor Day.
+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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to any of the Tree Advisory Board members, Chui Yin Hempel, Dena Steele, 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 email@example.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.
+ A community party in Tuxedo launches Mae Shore’s woodblock print. Read more.
On April 29, Mae Shore’s limited-edition print was launched to an enthusiastic gathering at the Cheymore Gallery, Tuxedo Square, Town of Tuxedo. The multi-media exhibition included photos of Mae at work, carved woodblocks showing the stages of color printing, a slide show of historical and contemporary images of the Race Track, antique relics found on site, and a map created by Larry Weaner Landscape Associates showing the different natural habitat zones of the basin.
+ A party in New York City launches Mae Shore’s benefit print. Read more.
On May 10 in New York City, Mae Shore’s print was launched with the same multi-media presentation at the Blumka Gallery, by the generous courtesy of Lois and Tony Blumka.
+ 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.