The National Wildlife Federation

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Pledge Status

Active

Pledge Date

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Program Year

2024

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Town of New Castle

Chappaqua, NY

Victoria Bayard Tipp

Town Supervisor

Pledge Summary

As described in the Town of New Castle 2017 Comprehensive Plan, New Castle’s land area is comprised mainly of bucolic, low-density residential neighborhoods. Of the Town’s approximately 15,000 acres, 14,488 acres are zoned for single-family residential use, and of these, 91% (13,194 acres) have one- or two-acre minimum lot sizes. This low density residential development pattern, derived from the Town’s zoning, has helped to maintain scenic vistas, large lots, areas of open space quality, and forested and undisturbed swaths of land that characterize the Town’s neighborhoods. Preservation of the bucolic residential character of the community’s neighborhoods is a priority to New Castle’s residents, as reflected in our 7-Year Tree City USA designation from the Arbor Day foundation, Bee City USA designation from the initiatives of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and completion of the Town of New Castle Natural Resources Inventory.

Community Spotlight

Action Items Committed for 2024

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Host or support a native seed or plant sale, giveaway or swap.
  • Facilitate or support a milkweed seed collection and propagation effort.
  • Plant or maintain a monarch and pollinator-friendly demonstration garden at City Hall or another prominent or culturally significant community location.