Hillsdale Environmental Commission

Natural Resource and Preservation Hillsdale, NJ

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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


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Kids For Earth™ scouting program in Hillsdale starting soon!


Kids for Earth, a local nonprofit dedicated to learning to live sustainably in modern society, offers a co-ed scouting program and K4E classes.

Children in elementary and middle school can participate in environmental learning activities.

To learn more about K4E, visit www.unitedforearth.org or call 202-630-2013.

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Officials to seek grant for Tandy Woods property in Hillsdale

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Hillsdale officials to consider purchase of Tandy Woods

Hillsdale officials are considering applying for a grant to purchase the “Tandy Woods” property on Hillsdale Avenue near Pascack Road at the behest of a group of residents trying to preserve the land as the deadline for the grant approaches and the owners consider development. The council is expected to vote on the issue during their Oct. 14 meeting.

The property is owned by the descendants of the Tandy and Allen developers, who built about 200 homes in the borough starting in 1948. It is the largest undeveloped piece of land remaining in Hillsdale. Nine acres of the 12-acre property are wetlands, but the owners have started the process to apply for a subdivision which would allow them to build three new houses on the other three acres if approved by the planning board.

However, residents who live near the Tandy Woods and local environmental advocates want the borough to purchase the land in order to preserve it, and the owners said they also prefer that plan.

“My siblings and I would prefer to have [the property remain open space] and urge the town to accept ownership of the property for that purpose,” Meredith Tandy-Spangenberg said, reading a letter.

During a public session at the Oct. 7 council meeting, many people spoke in favor of preserving the property, which they said is home to numerous kinds of plants and animals.

“Their habitat is shrinking and we wonder where they’re going to go,” Sachiko Goodyear said. “They have as much right to live here as we do, even if they don’t pay taxes.”

Rosemary Dreger-Carey, the chair of the Pascack Sustainability Group, listed the potential disadvantages of development: increased burden on schools and other tax-supported services, a decrease in quality of life and property values in the surrounding neighborhood, the destruction of a diverse ecosystem and the loss of flood mitigation provided by the open space.

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Hillsdale residents rebuild path through Beechwood Park

Image: Courtney Armele, The Record


A group of borough residents and volunteers have rebuilt and redesigned a path through a section of Beechwood Park.

Councilman Frank Pizzella said the two-day project was spearheaded by the borough’s Environmental Commission and the Mahwah Environmental Volunteers Organization, and the two groups teamed up with borough residents to rebuild – and even build from scratch – parts of the approximately quarter-mile trail that snakes through the park.

“We had a group of dedicated, motivated and engaged residents who got together and use their different skill sets to rehabilitate an area that is a unique space in Hillsdale,” Pizzella said.

The borough’s Environmental Commission obtained a $1,000 grant from the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions in April, and used the funds to buy wood to rebuild the boardwalk, Pizzella said.

Over the two days of work, more than 70 people helped cut fallen trees into equal pieces that were used to mark off parts of the trail and also piece together a new boardwalk and bridge. The group also connected the trail into a circular shape – something Pizzella said the volunteers decided to do since the original path did not fully connect.

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Beechwood Trail Volunteer Project

The Environmental Commission invites Hillsdale residents age 18+ to join our two trimming and wood working events at Beechwood Trail.
Andreas Graham from MEVO will lead the project, set up teams and direct volunteers to their task and location. Work that has to be done include trimming and wood working. The carpenter Gary Kuhl from Habitat for Humanity (Bergen County) will work on site.

Dates: June 21st and June 28th
Time: between 10 am – 4:30 pm (any availability is greatly appreciated)
: starts 9:30 am

10 am – 12:30 pm: First work section
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch, Pizza will be provided
1:30 pm – 4 pm: Second work section
4 pm: Thank you and conclusion of event

BYO Equipment: Gloves, Shovels, Hedge Clippers, Pulaskis, Clothes to cover against Poison Ivy and Mosquitos, Snacks, Water, Bug Spray, and Sun Screen.
In case of cancellation, we will post on the Green Team Facebook page and the EC website http://www.hillsdaleec.org. For any further questions please contact Meredith Kates at 201-615-9543.
We look very forward to a great event to revive our Beechwood Trail Park!