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WAGC Sept meeting with NY-NJ Trail Conference.

Jennifer and Linda of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference spoke at the Wyckoff Area Garden Club's September meeting 9/11/13. The history of the Trail Conference dates back to 1920 and it presently maintains more than 2,000 miles of public trails converging with 80 parks in our NY / NJ area. The work is primarily done through the donation of time from over 1,500 people who volunteer approximately 70,000 hours a year. In addition the Trail Conference monitors invasive plants that have the potential to take over these preserved lands.

In order to better serve their volunteers, members and parks the Trail Conference has undertaken the project to restore and adaptively reuse the iconic Darlington Schoolhouse in Mahwah as their new headquarters, training and visitor’s center. This project proves to be a superb example of restoring and repurposing an architectural landmark which is situated perfectly in close proximity to adjacent parklands. Beginning with the Ramapo Valley Reservation the area intersects more than one hundred thousand acres of parklands and forests in two states.

The goals of the Trail Conference are simply to protect open space, promote healthy lifestyles and improve the quality of life by connecting people with nature.

Pictured above, is WAGC treasurer, Francine DiGiorgio presenting a donation on behalf of the WAGC to Jennifer Easterbrook to applaud all the important work being done by these wonderful people who truly embody "going green" for all of us in Bergen County. The garden club wishes them well and supports this important and nobel endeavor.
The Trail Conference was challenged by The Bolger Foundation, of Ridgewood, to raise $ 1million from March 1 to November 1st 2013. When the Trail Conference meets this goal the Bolger Foundation will award them with a $500,000 grant the organization needs to start construction. Currently, the organization is at $855k of the million needed by Nov. 1. Please help the Trail Conference meet and exceed this goal and move into their new headquarters and have a “green” facility center to train volunteers so they can better service our trails. Contact 201.512.9348 or www.nynjtc.org to learn more.

***Susan Barbuto is an active member of the WAGC and the NY-NJ Trail Conference, Francine DiGiorgio Treasurer WAGC, Jennifer Eastbrook is Darlington Schoolhouse Campaign Assistant, Linda Rohleder is the Invasive Strike Force Program Coordinator and Eileen Avia is President WAGC***

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