SHRUB OAK COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION PARK
Shrub Oak, Westchester County, NY


Directions:

right turn off of Rt. 6 heading west; just a little ways west of the Taconic Parkway exit for Route 6.

very small park; not worth it for a Torrey trip; open 9. a.m. to 1/2 hour before sunset; swimming allowed; beach; jungle gym; picnic tables.


Habitats:

"Sylvan Glen and vicinity. At just under 1,200 acres, the Sylvan Glen BPU lies at the western end of Yorktown just north of Crompond Road/Highway 202 and ranges north to the preserved Shrub Oak Wetlands. A diverse assemblage of development-sensitive species are found here, including spotted and slimy salamanders, red-spotted newts, gray treefrogs, wood frogs, pileated woodpeckers, black-and-white warblers, ovenbirds, northern and Louisiana waterthrushes, and wood thrushes. This BPU currently contains significant, unfragmented habitats. Town-owned preserved areas lie at its north and south ends. Poorly planned development of privately owned lands in between these preserved areas would fragment this BPU into smaller habitats that would be unable to support the focal species currently found there. Protection of privately owned portions (through preservation or land use planning tools) should be a priority."

Source: Croton to Highlands Biodiversity Plan; http://www.wcs.org/media/file/CHBP_lo-res.pdf. or

http://216.239.39.104/search?q=cache:htHJwgl1qHoJ:www.wcs.org/media/file/CHBP_lo-res.pdf+%22Croton+to+Highlands+Biodiversity+Plan%22&hl=en


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney


Trees:
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Liquidambar styraciflua (sweetgum)
Pinus strobus (white pine)
Rhus sp. (sumac)
Robinia pseudoacacia (black locust)

Shrubs:
Alnus sp. (alder)
Cornus sp. (probably swamp dogwood)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)

Vines:
Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)

Herbs:
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)
Chelidonium majus (celandine)
Daucus carota (Queen Anne's lace)
Phytolacca americana (pokeweed)
Solidago spp. (goldenrods)