Teaneck’s Matthew Feldman Nature Preserve!

 

Matthew Feldman Nature Preserve Spruced up

The Matthew Feldman Nature Preserve is located in Teaneck, New Jersey and consists of 14.9 acres of deciduous wooded wetlands and upland habitat.   The preserve is bordered by Roemer Avenue to the north and dense residential development to the east, west and south.

Matthew Feldman Nature Preserve

Matthew Feldman Nature Preserve

The 14.9 acre Matthew Feldman Nature Preserve was once called Roemer woods due to its proximity to Roemer Avenue. The preserve was targeted for single family homes construction to bring in tax ratables for Teaneck.  The construction of the homes never materialized. Four acres of woods were sold to the North Teaneck Synagogue Association which constructed a Synagogue there in 1992.

In 2009 I took a trip to the Matthew Feldman Nature Preserve. I read online that there was a trail called the Thomas Condit Instructive Nature Trail.

It took two separate trips before I finally located what appears to be the Thomas Condit nature trail. On the first attempt, I parked my car on Winthrop Road and walked to River Road up to Roemer Avenue but could not find a trail leading into the forest.

After researching online I discovered that the entrance to the trails is located off of Winthrop Road where I had parked my car. Looking at the map on the internet at home I realized I had parked too close to River Road to have seen the trail entrance. I drove back to Winthrop Road and found a sidewalk with a Thomas Condit Trail sign leading into the woods.

Matthew Feldman Nature Preserve 10.13 (12)

 

The Thomas Condit trail consists of a cement/boardwalk path leading from Winthrop Road to the Congregation Keter Torah. There does not appear to be any description or instructive information present on this pathway.

Matthew Feldman Nature Preserve 12.05 (15)

 

But that’s ok because according to the 2008 Township of Teaneck Comprehensive Plan for Recreation (this plan is no longer available online) a 1/2 mile trail is planned for the preserve. So maybe that will happen in the near future?

Matthew Feldman Nature Preserve Proposed Half Mile Nature Trail

Matthew Feldman Nature Preserve Proposed Half Mile Nature Trail (in yellow)

In the meantime let’s take a look around and see what is here.

Lookee

Here is some invasive Bamboo. In many places it is becoming against the law to plant.

Shoe

Someone’s Sneaker discarded in the woods

not feeling well

A Snag in the woods. Snags are dead trees that play a valuable role in providing food (insects) to Woodpeckers and providing homes to other wildlife.

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3 thoughts on “Teaneck’s Matthew Feldman Nature Preserve!

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  2. Pam Stuckey

    Thanks for taking the time to do this trek years ago. I moved from Teaneck (sadly) many years ago. I did not realize they named a park after Matty Feldman. Growing up I heard his name all of the time because my Mom, Jimmie Nell Stuckey, along with Matty Feldman, was part of a large group of activists who successfully worked toward getting the Teaneck School System integrated. It is nice to see he was honored this way.

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