Hillsdale Environmental Commission

Natural Resource and Preservation Hillsdale, NJ

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Bi-State Cleanup for Earth Day

Environmental Cleanup 4/27/19 9am-11am

Join the Hillsdale EC, Hillsdale Scout Troops and numerous other organizations and towns in the Hackensack River Watershed as we clean our communities and waterways.

Check in anytime from 9:00-11:00 on Saturday April 27th, 2019.

Please register (especially groups) with name and approximate number of participants by email to hec@hillsdalenj.org. Pizza lunch thank you provided at noon for volunteers (please bring your own reusable water bottle). High school participants receive community service hours.


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Church Groups Bring Sparkle Back to Parks

The Hillsdale Environmental Commission would like to give a great thanks to some very special people today that took the time out to help our community of Hillsdale.

Families from the Pascack Bible Church spent the morning cleaning up and spreading woodchips throughout the paths and trails at Beechwood park as well as the playground area. It looks amazing and tremendous effort by them. Please take some time to visit our trails right here in Hillsdale and see the great job that was done today by this group

We also want to thank the Hillsdale United Methodist Church Youth group for their efforts in cleaning up and taking on an ongoing project at the Hillsdale cemetery. The cemetery has seen many years of neglect and the group has plans to bring beauty back into the property with new gardens and features.

Thank you to both organizations and we look forward to your continued support and efforts in making Hillsdale a beautiful community.




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Fourth Annual Outdoor Earth Week Green Fair and Market


Sunday, April 26 from 10 a.m.to 3 p.m.

Host: Hillsdale Environmental Commission in cooperation with The B Hive Organic Salon

The event will include great products such as local honey, handmade candles and body products, henna and glitter tattoos, face painting, balloons and much more for the whole family.

Enjoy kids yoga from the Little Shanti Yoga Studio, gardening and real bees with MEVO, a live Bird show from the Tenafly Nature Preserve and live music by School of Rock in Waldwick. Also featured will be a spring fashion show with Araya Rebirth Spa, Karma Organic Nails, Bella Organici Tanning and Fashions from Born Footwear and Loduvica of Westwood.

The B Hive is Bergen County’s first organic boutique salon specializing in ammonia free hair coloring and styling in an eco-friendly venue that is as healthy as it is beautiful. They have been ranked twice as the best salon in Bergen County as well as this year’s winner of the prestigious Worldwide Eco Salon Contest.

“We continue to spread as much great information as we can to our local community whether it is about beauty products, eco-practices or just being better to our planet,” shares owner and operator Angela Alba. “If you are interested in healthy, innovative, organic hair care products and color performed by certified organic colorists, schedule an appointment today,” she invites. Salon professionals can inquire about certifications and employment opportunities.

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Landscaping for the Watershed: Planting to Benefit Our Pollinators, Wildlife, and Streams

Tuesday, April 14
7:30pm – 9:30pm
Haworth, New Jersey


Each of us living in the region surrounding our reservoirs can play an important role in helping our watershed to function well, so that flooding and water pollution are reduced and pollinators and other wildlife can thrive. Learn how our yards and gardens can be made not only attractive, but beneficial to the environment. Nationally known author and landscape architect Carolyn Summers will share her insights on this topic, and then will be joined by local experts for an in-depth panel discussion.

For more information visit BergenSWAN.org.

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The 6th Annual Westwood Green Screen 2015 comes to downtown Westwood from March 19th to 25th, bringing new and classic environmental films, conversations with film directors, expert panel discussions and special events for all ages. The weeklong festival will take place at various venues in Westwood including Westwood Cinema, the Westwood Public Library, Rosebud Theater, and HUMC Pascack Valley Hospital.

On Thursday, March 19th, a pre-film opening night reception will be held at Bibiz Restaurant where filmgoers can sample sustainably produced wines and delicious hors d’oeuvres and meet Maxine Trump, director of the award-winning documentary, Musicwood, the festival’s kickoff selection.

Westwood Green Screen 2015 is organized by the Friends of the Westwood Public Library, Pascack Sustainability Group, 350NJ, with the generous support of media sponsor Pascack Valley Community Life and Westwood Cinema. Our generous lead sponsors include HUMC Pascack Valley and the Masters of Sustainability Studies Program at Ramapo College.

For schedule and more information please visit:

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Puffin Cosponsors March 7th Rally To Ban Unsafe Oil Trains In Bergen County

Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 2:00 pm
Old Hook Road at Schraalenburgh Road, Closter, NJ 07624

Rally to Ban Unsafe Oil Trains from the Oradell Reservoir and Our Communities
Because of an oil boom in the Bakken region of North Dakota, up to thirty CSX trains carrying toxic and highly volatile crude oil pass through Bergen County every week. These trains – up to 100 cars-long – pass over the Oradell Reservoir, source of drinking water for 750,000 people!

You are in the blast zone if you live within ½ mile of the Freight Train River Line.

(Check www.explosive-crude-by-rail.org) You are at risk, too, if you drink and bathe with clean water in Bergen County. It’s time to tell our leaders: This is unacceptable! Join a rally to demand an immediate ban on unsafe oil trains in our community.

For more information visit:



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Trust Fund for Beechwood Trails Established


The Environmental Commission would like to thank our lead partners MEVO, Gary Kuhl, John Stepe, Ed Sneickus, United Methodist Church and the Hillsdale residents who came out on our June workdays to help rebuild the Beechwood Trails. Thank you as well to the Mayor and Council for their support, as well as to our DPW supervisor. The supplies for the project were funded by a generous grant from ANJEC (Association of NJ Environmental Commissions).

The borough has established a trust fund for donations to fund future repair work. To donate please drop off or mail checks made out to the Borough of Hillsdale – Beechwood Trails.

To stay informed of future repair efforts, or other Environmental Commission initiatives, please join our email list at http://www.hillsdaleec.org. We meet at Borough Hall on the 2nd Thursday of the month, and welcome resident collaboration and partnership with local organizations.

Beechwood Trail Guide.pdf