The N.J. Meadowlands Commission’s thoughts go out to all who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy. DeKorte Park and other Meadowlands sites took a huge hit from Hurricane Sandy. Major cleanups are underway.
We understand that our parks are a major public resource for birders and non-birders alike, and we want to get them open again as soon as possible, butthe public's safety is our paramount concern.
To show folks some of the damage that Meadowlands parks and natural areas sustained from Hurricane Sandy, the Meadowlands Commission has put together this quick video. (This is the video shown at Wednesday night's BCAS program in the Meadowlands Environment Center.)
In the instance of DeKorte Park, we also showed some photos of the park after 400 tons of debris — largely dead Phragmites stalks, known as wrack — were removed. After these photos were taken, similar progress has been made in Harrier Meadow.
Once the "heavy lifting" is done and a park is deemed safe enough, we will begin volunteer cleanups. Scroll down for more info on how to volunteer.
To read Michael Copley's article in The Record today about the extent of the damage, click here.