2015 SMC Annual Public Meeting
Thursday,March 26th, 7:00-9:30 p.m. At a NEW LOCATION*
Hear about our programs and plans for 2015, meet others dedicated to helping the Reservation.
Guest Speaker: Randi Eckel, PhD., Founder of Toadshade Wildflower Farm
Topic: Native Plants and the Creatures that Love them.
Learn how to attract butterflies and other creatures (not deer) to your back yard. Toadshade in Frenchtown NJ features nursery grown and propagated native plants and seeds. Randi is an exciting speaker and gave a well-attended nature walk in the Wildflower and Forest Preserve last year.
*Location: New Turtle Back Zoo Education Center
Not in the regular zoo complex!!! – just off Northfield Avenue, 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange. to the east of the old parking garage.
Saturday, March 28th, 9:30-11:00am
Trail Blazing 11:00 – 1:00am
Would you like to help maintain the Reservation’s hiking trails by blazing, clearing minor underbrush, and monitoring part of a trail? You commitment would only be for a couple of hours four times a year. Join our 16 current Trailkeepers for our Annual Breakfast to hear about their experiences and find out what you can contribute.
For more information, call Dennis Percher at 973-868-6994.
Location: Conference Room on the first floor of the Parking Garage
(see map above) across from the Codey Arena (100 feet from the arena entrance), 560 Northfield Avenue.
A short trail work session will follow to put aluminum tags on the new Zoo Loop Trail.
Trail Work Crew
Sunday, April 5, 9:00 a.m.-noon
Our first spring work day! Help build new, or reroute or repair existing, hiking trails throughout the South Mountain Reservation following sustainable trail guidelines. Trail building is very satisfying, but can be hard work. We use hand tools such as picks and adzes to create and shape the trail tread. Wear shoes with solid soles and long pants…and for early spring, dress in layers. You provide the strong back; we provide gloves, a snack, water, and instruction. In April, we will begin working on a new trail connecting Tulip Springs to the Orange Reservoir Promenade.
Leaders: If there are questions, call John Verzani (973-223-3529), or Dennis Percher (973-868-6994).
0.4 miles north of South Orange Avenue on Cherry Lane (go to second parking area, on your right 75 yards).
Map of the Tulip Springs Picnic Area
South Mountain Conservancy board member, Tricia Zimic is the guest author and photographer for Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve’s March Newsletter!
We are sorry to report the passing of Jay Leslie of South Orange – an SMC Board member during 2012 and 2013 – on January 14th after a long fight against leukemia.
We will miss his spirited assistance in clearing the trails, especially after Sandy (pictured) as co-coordinator of the Chain Saw Gang, and his keen sense of humor.
Our condolences go out to his wife, Tina, and family.
Dear Friends of the Reservation,
The Board of the South Mountain Conservancy sends its holiday wishes and thanks all of you for the many hours of volunteering and economic support during this past year, our fifteenth. As stewards of and advocates for the South Mountain Reservation, we continued to protect, restore, and enhance the forest ecology, infrastructure, and natural beauty of the park, and promote its sustainable use. And we not only maintained our established programs, we launched new ones…