The South Mountain Reservation group schedules hikes and work days to kick off the new season for West Orange residents.
- GOING GREEN
Friday, March 22
It may not look like spring— yet, but a certain sign of the season is the South Mountain Conservancy's Spring schedule. The events include free family hikes, an open meeting, and work days for Millburn-Short Hills residents. See the full schedule below: Annual Meeting, Thursday, April 4, 7 - 9:15 p.m. Maplewood Memorial Library, 51 Baker St., Maplewood. Come and meet other community members concerned with the environment and restoring the Reservation at the Conservancy's Annual Public Meeting. Hear about – and join – Conservancy programs for forest regeneration planting, building new trails, Trash Tacklers, Trailkeepers, new trails and free hikes. Featured speaker: Michael Van Clef, Ph.D., Ecological Solutions, Wide experience …
Larry Dell's "Nature's Resolve" is the first in the new Wildflower Sculpture Project.
Maplewood resident Larry Dell says he spends a lot of time in the South Mountain Reservation — especially after October’s nor’easter. It was during his time in the Reservation, Dell studied the storm’s damage to nature and the foliage that he got the idea to do something positive with the twigs and branches. “I come up here often and after the snowstorm, there were so many trees and twigs down,” said Dell. “I decided I’d utilize these twigs and trees into this structure.” Dell collected the trees and branches and tightly wove them together in a pyramid shape. He then painted the sculpture a metallic aluminum color. The 9½-foot-tall, 5-foot-wide sculpture he created is made exclusively of storm-damaged twigs and branches and was dedicated…