Friday, April 18, 2014      
Scarsdale Conservation Advisory Council

Resident Survey

As part of its review of Scarsdale's Tree Ordinance, your Conservation Advisory Council seeks to better understand residents' sentiment regarding trees, their maintenance, and removal.  This single page survey should take no more than a few minutes to complete.

We thank you for your participation!  Here is the link:

Survey Link

Who Are We?

The Scarsdale Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) is an advisory body to the Village Board of Trustees. The Council studies issues affecting the local environment and also maintenance of the Village's "natural" character.  Issues may include open space, wetlands, trees, energy conservation, and other "sustainability" issues.

When Do We Meet?

The Council generally meets once monthly on Thursdays at 7:45 p.m. in a meeting room at Village Hall.  CAC meetings are open to the public and anyone is welcome to attend with the understanding that guests can speak only when invited to do so.

NEXT MEETING: Meetings currently are dynamically scheduled.  Contact us for more information

Who Serves on the Council?

As with all Village Board or Councils, the nine Council members are volunteers appointed by the Village Board of Trustees.  The members serve for 2-year open-ended terms. They are:

Lee Fischman, Chair
Lena Crandall
Lawrence Diamond
Robert Falk
Robin Goldman
Jeannie Mackler
Cynthia Roberts
Julie Weinstein
Duncan Wilson
Kay Eisenman (Village Board Liaison)

Current Work: Mechanisms To Promote Onsite Leaf Mulching

During 2013-2014, in support of Board of Trustee decision making, the Council is researching mechanisms to promote onsite leaf reuse,  This is desirable to offset the substantial cost to the Village of leaf removal.  Onsite leaf reuse also reduces phosphate runoff while improving soil quality.  We are looking for creative solutions and so contact us if you have any.

Unit Tree Study

This comprehensive study of the unit replacement standard was completed by CAC member Julie Weinstein. The study is available here:

Equivalent Tree Unit Proposal.pdf

Tree Ordinance Review

During 2012-2013, the Council analyzed the Village's Tree Ordinance, producing a report and recommendations.  The report is available here.

Has the Council Done In the Recent Past?

The Council has previously completed a long-term project to create an open space map of the Village and to write a report with recommendations about the preservation and use of open space in the Village of Scarsdale. The Council is currently reviewing the Village tree ordinance.  Future issues may include regulation of single-use plastic bags, local energy generation, resident education and other topics.

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