Hackensack RiverKeeper Meadowlands Eco-Cruise!!!!

Hackensack Riverkeeper!

After doing some research online, I decided to do the Hackensack Riverkeeper Meadowlands Discovery Eco-Cruise. It was  worth it. The eco-cruise takes place on a pontoon boat and visits wetlands like Kingland Creek, Berry’s Creek Canal and a trip to what is known as the jewel of the Meadowlands, the Sawmill Creek Wildlife Management Area which is home to birds and other wildlife.

Pontoon Boat

Most people see the Hackensack Meadowlands from the NJ Turnpike and think of it as a vast wasteland. The eco-cruise takes on a different perspective and makes you realize that the meadowlands is a true urban treasure.

Our captain was Bill Sheehan, the Riverkeeper himself.  He was great, pointing out wildlife and the happenings of the Meadowlands including enhancement efforts such as replacing Common Reed with native species such as Smooth Cordgrass. The picture below is a good example of the enhancement effort and shows an island which is virtually free of Common Reed.

Enhanced Island

The eco-cruise also made it past Laurel Hill (aka Snake Hill) which is said to have been infested with black water snakes during colonial times. Prudential Life Insurance Company was inspired by the formation of the rocks which was said to be similar to the Rock of Gibraltar and is still used in Prudential advertising to this day.

Laurel Hill

Kudos to Hackensack Riverkeeper for providing this fun and educational experience of the Hackensack Meadowlands. Be sure to check out http://www.hackensackriverkeeper.org/ for more information.

Feel free to e-mail NJUrbanForest at NJUrbanForest@gmail.com with any comments, memories or suggestion! Thank you and have fun exploring!

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3 responses to “Hackensack RiverKeeper Meadowlands Eco-Cruise!!!!”

  1. Michael Seyfried says :

    Snake Hill was a great place before the County destroyed it for quarry trap rock. Well at least they built a nice park on the location of that ancient volcano.

    If you don’t already know it the name Secaucus translates into island of many black snakes from the old indian language.

  2. Dave says :

    eco-cruises are very fun – just read this on one to Alaska http://bit.ly/paQZT2

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