The National Wildlife Federation

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Tuesday, March 21, 2023

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Town of New Castle

Chappaqua, NY

Lisa Katz

Town Supervisor

Pledge Summary

The Town of New Castle retains a bucolic feel and low-density residential character. Chappaqua and Millwood continue to serve as the Town’s main centers of retail activity and community gathering. Through the purchase or acquisition of a number of undeveloped properties, the Town has dedicated over 200 acres for open space and recreational use in New Castle, enhancing both active and passive recreational opportunities and fortifying the Town’s natural condition. The preservation of these aspects of the Town – its residential character; bucolic, natural, peaceful sense of place; and healthy environment – remain a primary focus. These features, along with the excellent schools and the Town’s proximity to New York City, are the aspects of New Castle that attract new residents and are most prized by community members.

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Action Items Committed for 2023

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Launch, expand, or continue an invasive species removal program that will support the re-establishment of native habitat for monarch butterflies and other pollinators.
  • Earn or maintain recognition for being a wildlife-friendly city by participating in other wildlife and habitat conservation efforts (i.e., National Wildlife Federation’s Community Wildlife Habitat program).
  • Plant or maintain a monarch and pollinator-friendly demonstration garden at City Hall or another prominent or culturally significant community location.
  • Facilitate or support a milkweed seed collection and propagation effort.