West Milford’s Wetlands Environmental Center is an 8 acre wetland preserve complete with a boardwalk and educational signage.
The West Milford Environmental Commission received an easement from a Dr. Bernard Simon in 1991 donating the 8 acre wetland to the township. A Federal Urban Forestry grant was awarded to the town in 1993 to create the wetlands environmental center thanks to the efforts of Mary Haase (who was a member of the West Milford Planning Board and Environmental Commission) and Roger Daugherty (who was the Chairman of the Environmental Commission). A tributary of the Macopin River flows through the wetlands found in the environmental center.
West Milford’s environmental center features both upland and wetlands within its eight acres. The environment center seasonally features plants such as broad-leaf and narrow-leaf cattail, tussock sedge, bulrush, sensitive fern, marsh fern, spike rush and duckweed.
Upon entering the boardwalk from Maple Road, a kiosk has been placed that contains information regarding freshwater wetlands found in the environmental center.
The West Milford Environmental Center is a great place to learn firsthand the functions and plants of forested wetlands.
Click here for directions to Maple Road Elementary School where ample parking is available during the weekend when the school is closed. The entrance to the environmental center is across the street from the parking lot.
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