There are several people who have been instrumental in aiding in the 
restoration of the Croton Point Park landfill, working with the County and the 
meadow landscaper, etc. They have put in countless hours over the last few 
years of volunteer time (I am not one of them). I won’t shout them out by name 
since I don’t know if they want to be named but anyone who has or will bird at 
Croton Point thanks you. Hopefully when the project is completed the CPP 
grassland, a unique birding spot in Westchester, will be even better.

L. Trachtenberg

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On Aug 30, 2019, at 11:40 AM, Anne Swaim 
<<>> wrote:


In case helpful to pass along, this week's planned mowing of the Croton Point 
Park capped landfill grasslands is part of a two-year restoration plan designed 
by Larry Weaner Landscape Associates. (Vegetation has not been removed from the 

Quick overview of project (from local media story last spring before project 

Further details from Westchester County Soil & Water Conservation District's 
2019 Work Plan
Croton Point Park Grassland Restoration Project: The restoration of nearly 100 
acres of grassland covering the former Croton Landfill at Croton Point Park in 
Croton-on-Hudson was designed in late 2018. Construction will begin in 2019.The 
grassland, or meadow, is currently characterized as a mosaic of plant 
populations and communities with most dominated by ecologically undesirable 
vegetation, such as non-native cool season grasses and invasive and non-native 
mugwort. The goal is to transform the meadow into an ecologically diverse 
community of plants, which will encourage overall biological diversity, 
especially of beneficial insects and birds.The restoration of each patch of 
vegetation will have to be handled differently in order to achieve the best 
overall results. For example, some patches will need to be frequently mowed on 
a temporary basis while others will need to be treated with herbicide to 
eradicate dominant plants. Most patches will need to be re-seeded with mixes of 
desirable grasses and forbs. The grassland is viewed by naturalists as 
critically important to many species of birds using the Atlantic Flyway, the 
migratory route for birds traveling up and down the East Coast. Many other 
birds, including the bald eagle, also use Croton Point Park, the largest 
peninsula in the Hudson River. The project is funded by a $500,000 state grant 
to the District,which will be used for construction. The District is using 
additional state funding and other revenue to finance project planning, design 
and construction management.A Planning Department staff person will manage the 
project on behalf of the District and Westchester County

Anne Swaim
Saw Mill River Audubon 

On Fri, Aug 30, 2019 at 11:18 AM Robert Lewis 
<<>> wrote:
Very few birds around this lovely morning.  There was a cooperative adult 
Red-tail, apparently a new individual, very worn looking.  Four Osprey, two 
Bald Eagles, one Raven.  Very very few land birds.

The big news is that in the last few days most of the cap has been clearcut.  I 
didn't walk it all but I would guess at least 80% is clearcut.  Only small 
swaths between some of the gravel paths remain.  The area that the Western 
Kingbird had frequented is stubble about two inches high, if that.  All of that 
vegetation has been cut and removed.

What will be the impact on the rodent population?

Bob Lewis
Sleepy Hollow NY

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