Trees and Vegetation
The Village is committed to promoting the growth of native plants and minimizing the use of non-native and invasive species.
For our precious native trees, we are at the beginning of a crisis that will affect the Village's woodland (or "sylvan" as Ed Weiss often used) character in the future. Our tall native trees (oak, hickory, red maples) fall in hurricanes or die after moth infestations and they are not being replaced as our baby native trees are being eaten by deer before they have a chance to mature. However there are steps you can take:
- Keep your mature trees properly pruned so that they can withstand strong winds and stay healthy to keep producing acorns, nuts, seeds, etc. that can repopulate our patches of forests.
- It would help our community immensely if you would put cages around native plants until they are big enough to be above deer browsing.
Chapter 28 of the code deals with trees and vegetation. It should be consulted before any planting, pruning, removal, or maintenance to trees and vegetation.
Below is a list of resources to help you make good choices when considering any work in your yard.
The Long Island Native Plant Initiative
LINPI is an all-volunteer cooperative effort of over 30 non-profit organizations, governmental agencies, nursery professionals, and citizens. The mission of this organization is to protect the genetic integrity and heritage of Long Island native plant populations and thus biodiversity from a landscape to genetic level, by establishing commercial sources of genetically appropriate local (ecotypic) plant materials for use in nursery, landscaping, and habitat restoration activities.
The Long Island Invasive Species Management Area
Our Mission: To conserve LIISMA’s biodiversity, wildlife habitat, recreation resources, scenic quality, and crop production, while protecting human health and safety, by facilitating cooperation and coordination among land owners and managers to reduce the threat of human-introduced invasive species; and to reduce the costs of invasive species management by preventing and eradicating new invasive species infestations before they become established.
NY iMapInvasives is an online, collaborative, GIS-based database and mapping tool that serves as the official invasive species database for New York State.