Hackensack Riverkeeper

231 Main Street

Hackensack , NJ 07601


201-968-0336 (fax)



April 27, 2004




Contact: Nicholas Vos-Wein, NJ Watershed Ambassador


Arbor Day Tree Planting:

Crystal Lake Park , Englewood


Trees will help reduce water pollution and improve air quality

Englewood , NJ – In celebration of Arbor Day, the New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program (NJWAP) is organizing a tree planting and park beautification project here at Crystal Lake Park on April 30, 2004 . The NJWAP is a community oriented AmeriCorps environmental education program aimed at raising awareness about watershed issues in the state of New Jersey . The Arbor Day tree planting is the result of a partnership with Hackensack Riverkeeper, the New Jersey Tree Foundation, and local school groups.


Local schoolchildren, Englewood residents and volunteers from Hackensack Riverkeeper will plant sixty-five trees in Crystal Lake Park , a small city park that the Flat Rock Brook passes through on its way to Overpeck Creek and eventually into the Hackensack River . After the planting, volunteers will remove any litter that has accumulated in the park and remove invasive plants that threaten native plant and animal species.

The park currently has very low canopy cover and is a popular hangout for resident Canada Geese that prefer open grassy areas on which to feed. The Green ash, Sweet gum, Silky dogwood, and Tulip poplars to be planted will provide a number of valuable natural services. For example, trees…

•  Help absorb nutrients and stormwater runoff,
•  Provide shade that lowers water temperature (many native fish and invertebrate species cannot live in warmer water),
•  Provide habitat for native birds and other wildlife,
•  Serve as natural sound barriers (more attractive than the concrete kind),
•  Purify the air, and;
•  Help deter geese from inhabiting the park (bacteria from goose waste is among the biggest problems facing water quality in New Jersey).

 Representatives from the city, including Karen Rawl of the Englewood Environmental Commission and Darryl Fennell of the Englewood Department of Public Works, are very supportive of the Arbor Day Planting and have been instrumental in organizing the event. Mayor Michael Wildes said the trees will be a welcome addition to the city and will hold a dedication ceremony at 2 PM to thank the volunteers.

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Paid for by Friends of Michael J. Wildes, Claudia Colbert, Treasurer