Borg’s Woods Update 4/10/10

TO:     Ray Dressler

Bergen County Parks Department

Dennis McNerney

Bergen County Executive

I wish to thank you for the following good work in managing the Borg’s Woods property.

(1) It appears as if the large uprooted trees will be left undisturbed for nature, and for scientific study

(2) Your recent removal of large limbs and small fallen trees on the Main Trail, from same 3/13/2010 storm

(3) Your recent clean-up of several large bags of yard waste dumped near Allen Street entrance by local homeowners

(4) Also a few months ago, Park’s staff evidently cut the half-fallen mulberry along Fairmount Ave that was hanging on an electrical wire. I had pointed that out to you on the city’s last cleanup day

(5) Since the volunteers removed and disposed about 300 feet of barbed wire fencing along Fairmount Ave (a few years ago), there been slow clearing of the invasive multi-flora rose, and invasive Mulberries (some fallen) in the former vegetable garden area. Unsure who is doing it, the County or other parties. It hasn’t been me.

There’s nothing wrong with “thank you” emails. Most people do nothing but complain, and never extend their thanks when things go well.  Let’s hope things continue to go well.

It’s a beautiful time of year in Borg’s. The Spring wildflowers bloomed 2 weeks ahead of their normal schedule. Tree leaves are coming out now, as if it was already May 1st.   On both counts, it’s the earliest I’ve ever seen.  A little extra rain, a little extra warmth….

– Eric Martindale


Borg’s Woods Map


1 thought on “Borg’s Woods Update 4/10/10

  1. Eric Martindale

    I want to share with readers that the Bergen County Parks’ Department has made the decision to cut mature trees in Borg’s Woods, on the basis that they are old and could fall and injure somebody. The south entrance at Byrne Street has been massacred, and there is a giant hole in the canopy because every single canopy tree was cut. Borg’s Woods is a mature old-growth forest. The trees have “issues”. Most are hollow at the base, have a dead limb or two, or lean to some degree. That’s nature. The County is holding trees in a nature preserve to the same standard as trees along a County Road or in a manicured County Park. It’s a bit absurd, but all they care about is any potential liability. I appeared before the Bergen County Freeholders to make a last minute appeal, but they did nothing. It is possible that the Park’s Department will continue with this culling project, and if so, almost every tree along the Main path from Byrne St to Fairmount Ave will be cut.



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