Monday, October 26, 2009

Teaneck Creek Conservancy

In 2001 an eclectic group of environmentalists, artists, and educators joined forces with the Puffin Foundation to rescue a small parcel of land in the southernmost portion of Teaneck, NJ.

The area had once been a staging ground for the construction of the intersection of Routes 80 and 95. For nearly a half century, it had been a dump site for trash such as old refrigerators and tires and mountains of broken concrete and asphalt.

Working with community leaders and the Bergen County Parks Department, the founding team crafted a restoration plan, and in 2006, after hundreds of hours of community meetings and thousands of hours of sweat equity, the Teaneck Creek Park emerged with over 1.3 miles of groomed trails, an Outdoor Classroom, and ecological art exhibits.

The Hackensack River Valley, which includes tributaries to the river such as the Teaneck Creek, is located at a critical position in the northern portion of the Atlantic Flyway.

The Flyway is the pathway that has been followed for millennia by many species of birds and insects as they travel between the northern and southern hemispheres.

The movement of many threatened and endangered species (both Federally and State listed) along this Flyway has been well documented by groups such as NJ Audubon.

These species rely on the habitats they find in NJ for food, water, shelter, and rest. Their migratory journeys often cover thousands of miles.

While coastal areas such as Cape May and Delaware Bay are protected because of their importance to shore birds, less protection is offered for migrants that require forested habitat.