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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Concerns raised about tennis courts project in Hillsdale

James Leggate, Pascack Valley Community Life

A project to build five tennis courts to be shared by Pascack Valley High School and the county has drawn concern from some Hillsdale residents about the impact on the nearby Sapienza Gardens.

Representatives from the county and school made an informal presentation to the Hillsdale Planning Board Oct. 8 after board members said they hadn’t been properly notified about the project. The work took down about 100 trees in the county-owned woods between the school’s sports fields and the borough-owned gardens, which are named in honor of former Pascack Valley principal Barbara Sapienza and are maintained by volunteers.

“Once it started, most people had no idea that the project was going on, and that prompted a lot of safety concern” Meredith Kates, the environmental commissioner and a member of the planning board, said.

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Officials to seek grant for Tandy Woods property in Hillsdale