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West Essex Trail Cleanup This Saturday


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The West Essex Trail looked pristine after the last cleanup.

Join the Sustainable Verona Team to clean up the trail! We are teaming up with the Verona and Cedar Grove Environmental Commissions, and Julia Bresnan, Watershed Ambassador for WMA 4. This is a family-friendly event. All ages and abilities welcomed!

Volunteers should meet at 8:50 a.m. at the Verona High School parking lot located on Sampson Drive, and walk to the trail entrance at 201 Fairview Avenue, Verona. Please wear long pants, long sleeves, work boots and bring your own water. Cleaning supplies will be provided.

To participate please contact Steven Neale, chairman of Sustainable Verona, at [email protected]

The West Essex Trail follows about three miles of the former Erie-Lackawanna Railroad’s Caldwell branch line from Verona to Little Falls. The trail skirts backyards as it crosses over Route 23 and a waterfall on the Peckman River, which has made it a favorite of walkers, runners and bikers in our area.

In March, more than 70 volunteers, including the youth mountain biking team that trains on the trail, participated in a major cleanup that removed car tires, metal fencing and pipes, cinder blocks, lawn chairs, metal drums, cardboard, bottles, cans, broken glass, car batteries, school bus seats and even a refrigerator from the woods adjoining the trail.

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