Thursday, March 28, 2013
The South Mountain Reservation group schedules hikes and work days to kick off the new season for Millburn-Short Hills residents.
- GOING GREEN
Thursday, March 28
It may not look like spring— yet, but a certain sign of the season is the South Mountain Conservancy's Spring schedule. The events include free family hikes, an open meeting, and work days for Millburn-Short Hills residents. See the full schedule below: Annual Meeting, Thursday, April 4, 7 - 9:15 p.m. Maplewood Memorial Library, 51 Baker St., Maplewood. Come and meet other community members concerned with the environment and restoring the Reservation at the Conservancy's Annual Public Meeting. Hear about – and join – Conservancy programs for forest regeneration planting, building new trails, Trash Tacklers, Trailkeepers, new trails and free hikes. Featured speaker: Michael Van Clef, Ph.D., Ecological Solutions, Wide experience …
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Take a historical tour through the southern part of town
Looking to find some more out about the town you live in? Well on Saturday, come out and stretch your legs while finding out about Millburn’s industrial past and the creation of the South Mountain Reservation. Hosted by South Mountain Conservancy, it invites residents to join them at 9:30 a.m. in the Locust Grove Parking area for a historical tour of the southern Millburn section of the reservation. The tour is free for residents, starting in the Locust Grove parking area, at the end of a short driveway into the park opposite the Millburn First Aid Squad building on Glen Avenue. The event will be over by noon. Taking a look at history in the town, the tour will visit the North Jersey Quarry Company site, specifically the Lighthipe quarry…
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo says county officials will keep open mind in expanding recreation opportunities.
- Karen Yi
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
The mountain biking community in Essex County has been relentless in prompting the county to lift the mountain biking ban in South Mountain Reservation. Three years ago, mountain bikers began volunteering with the South Mountain Conservancy that works with the county to upkeep the park. They have since poured more than 1,500 hours into the maintenance of the reservation—picking up garbage, fixing up old trails and dedicating every first Sunday of the month to sustainable trail construction. This commitment by cyclists garnered the support of the South Mountain Conservancy for an 18-month pilot program to permit mountain biking on a section of the reservation. "We've really convinced some pretty difficult people of the merits of trying a …
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Visitors got to learn and see more of the reservation for the conservancy's first festival.
The festivities for the first annual South Mountain Reservation Mayapple Festival started early Saturday and went late into the afternoon. It started with competitors in the ultra marathon who began their race at 6 a.m. "Runners from as far away as Hawaii chose to compete in either a 50K or a 100k race. We expect to scee the fastest runners around 6 pm tonight. It's about a 12 hour race." said Chairman of the South Mountain Conservacy Dennis Percher. "We decided to tie in the festival with the ultra marathon to let people know more about the reservation and conservancy." There were local artists displaying nature themed work for sale, and the Essex County Environmental Center had an information table set up with local floral and fauna …
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
The conservancy also planned for 2010 during its annual meeting this week.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Marcia Worth
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
"You can just come," said South Mountain Conservancy board member Tricia Zimic to both a potential volunteer and an eager hiker on Monday night at the group's annual public meeting in Maplewood. "Just show up ready to go." It could be the motto of the SMC, the non-profit, volunteer organization founded in 2000 in order to "preserve, protect, and enhance the 2,099-acre South Mountain Reservation in Essex County, New Jersey through education, public service, and advice to local government agencies." In keeping with that focus, the meeting featured "The History of the South Mountain Reservation," a presentation by Dave Hogenauer. Dennis Percher, board chairman, opened the meeting by noting the conservancy, founded to "maintain and improve …
Thursday, December 3, 2009
The money will help with trail repairs and sign installation.
The South Mountain Conservancy is receiving a federal grant to help with its trail repair and signage projects. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection announced Wednesday the state's recreational trails would be getting a boost from $1.8 million in Federal grant funds. In Essex County, just two programs were awarded grants. The South Mountain Conservancy-which serves the reservation in Maplewood, Millburn and West Orange-received $24,875 for trail repairs and signage. Livingston Township received $9,150 for trail maps and signage. The release from the DEP stated, "More than $1.8 million in federal grant money is being allocated for developing, maintaining and improving recreational trails throughout New Jersey. The funds …