Saturday, May 4, 2013
Conservancy plants native species, removes invasive plants from Essex County preserve.
Local volunteers kicked off a project to restore several acres of woodland at the Essex County Hilltop Reservation in April. Led by the Hilltop Conservancy, the group planted, mulched and fenced 10 deer exclosures and removed thousands of invasive wineberry and privet plants, according to Theresa Trapp, treasurer of the conservancy. These projects, Trapp explained, are part of a master plan to regenerate seven acres of the forest understory at the reservation, which straddles North Caldwell, Verona and Cedar Grove. In early April, native plants — such as redbud, serviceberry, arrowwood and summersweet — were planted and then protected from deer with eight-foot fencing. The conservancy also spread tons of wood chips from recent storms, …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Hilltop Conservancy Treasurer Theresa Trapp pens Letter to the Editor regarding county deer hunt.
Thursday, February 14
Essex County’s 2013 deer hunt has come to a close, once again removing many of this over-abundant species from our reservations (Hilltop – 61, South Mountain – 43). Contrary to naysayers, deer have not become extinct because of the program, and there are small signs that our nature preserves are beginning to recover from decades of browse damage. Contraceptives are sometimes proposed as an alternative to hunting. However, we need to acknowledge that non-lethal methods to control deer populations would involve significant investment of taxpayer dollars, particularly immuno-contraception (e.g., GonaCon). Each GonaCon inoculation costs more than $1,000 per dose (including locating, immobilizing, inoculating and collaring). In addition, each…
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Hilltop and South Mountain Conservancies are petitioning Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. to continue the upcoming deer hunt.
The Hilltop and South Mountain Conservancies have started a petition to be sent to Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. regarding the possibility of canceling the county deer hunt. As of now the hunt has not been canceled and no official decision has been made yet, said County Public Information Director Anthony Puglisi in a phone interview. The hunting season typically occurs in January and February he said. A total of 274 deer were removed from South Mountain, Hilltop and Eagle Rock Reservations during the 2012 Essex County Deer Management Program, said DiVincenzo in a written statement. This was the fifth year that the program has been conducted. According to a Star-Ledger report, the deer population in Essex County has been…
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Overnight parking causing issues for business owner.
The Verona Township Council will study a parking concern brought up by a local business owner at Monday night’s meeting after the business owner express concern about the issue causing problems for his business. Kim Cheung, owner of Belle Gente Trattoria & Ristorante, told the council he’s seen cars parked overnight in metered spots on multiple occasions in the lot behind his restaurant, which has caused problems for his business, including delivery problems and garbage removal issues. Township Manager Joseph Martin said the while the cars have not violated any laws, the council and police department are reviewing the issue, especially in light of the Verona Inn opening on that block as well. This (not violating any laws) may be true, …
Friday, March 23, 2012
Help the Hilltop Conservancy rebuild a bridge this weekend.
A 12-foot bridge that spans a permanent stream on the north end of the Hilltop Reservation in Verona has collapsed leaving a trail unable to be hiked, according to officials of the Hilltop Conservancy. Hilltop Conservancy Vice President Geordan Smith is asking for community help beginning at 9 a.m. on Sunday repairing the bridge. “It is costing zero,” Smith said, but he has asked for volunteers with cordless drills and Philips-head bits to help. “We will use as much as possible from the old bridge to build the new one.” With four or five people the project is expected to take 90 minutes to complete. The ladder bridge only needs the two main 12-foot beams replaced, which West Essex Building Supply Co., 40 Depot St., Verona, has already …