Hillsdale Environmental Commission

Natural Resource and Preservation Hillsdale, NJ

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Believe in the Bees

Faith Macchione is a student at Pascack Valley High School and also a lifelong member of the Girl Scouts. After hearing that her high school was implementing an on-site beekeeping program, she chose to focus her Gold Award project on improving community awareness of the importance of honey bees. Honey bees are critical pollinators, and their decline over the last several years is a significant environmental concern for our shared ecosystem.

We encourage you to visit Faith’s website – “Believe in the Bees” to learn more about the importance of honey bees to global sustainability. We are proud of the way that Faith and other Hillsdale student citizens are dedicated to improving our community and the world through sustainability projects and education.



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Wanted: Environmental Spotters

Have you identified a species of plant or animal on your property or elsewhere in Hillsdale that is not currently listed in the Hillsdale Environmental Resource Inventory? If so, we invite you to snap a picture and send it along with a completed “Form H.5 Hillsdale Wildlife/Vegetation Inventory [Data Input Report],” so that we can recognize that you spotted this, and can update our listing. Thank you in advance for your contributions!

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Hillsdale is Highlighted in New EC Report

Did you know that Hillsdale has trees that date back 150+ years to Civil War days? That Hillsdale residents co-habit with wildlife such as mink and bald eagles? That Hillsdale has no publicly accessible electric vehicle charge stations, and that all municipal buildings and vehicles rely solely on traditional fuel sources instead of renewable sources of energy like solar or geothermal?

These are just some of the many interesting facts presented in the report titled “An Environmental Resource Inventory of the Borough of Hillsdale, New Jersey” (ERI) prepared by the Hillsdale Environmental Commission (EC). To read the entire report, go to the “Reports” tab above or click here.

The report was authored by Environmental Commission member Fred Rubel (above).