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A LITTLE TENDER LOVING CARE FROM A LOT OF PEOPLE CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE

JULY 2021
Can you figure out which are the before and after images?  Wow!

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JUNE 2021
The Morristown DPW crew floated and anchored a new turtle platform in the pond this week.  By that afternoon, turtles were on top, basking in the sun.

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FOOTE'S POND AERIAL IMAGE

JUNE 2021

This image is a composite based on aerial drone imagery (March 2021).  See the full, high-resolution image.

 

NEW PLANTINGS

May 2021

We continue our native plantings around Foote's Pond, both near the dock as well as in the main meadow adjacent to James Street and Jefferson School.  Meanwhile, the battle against invasive plants continues as well.

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Recognizing the contributions of the Landaus

May 2021

John and Susan Landau, who have done so much to support Foote's Pond as well as the Friends of Foote's Pond Wood, were honored with an inscribed brick installed near the fireplace.

 

RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY

May 8, 2021

To celebrate the many improvements to Foote's Pond Wood, Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty and many other city representatives joined a crowd of participants on a rainy Saturday morning for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.  The path through the park, completion of hydroraking, a new sidewalk, and many new plantings are some of the highlights.

Read the article or watch the video from Morristown Green, and see the photos below. 

 
 

MEADOW MANAGEMENT - SPRING 2021

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GOING NATIVE

A Guide to Landscaping with Native Plants - Morris County Edition

Native plants have evolved over thousands of years to be adapted to conditions in a particular region and to the other plants and animals around them. This brochure will help you select the native plants best suited to the growing conditions in your yard. 

 

HYDRORAKING COMPLETE!

See the before after shots of the Foote's Pond dock as a taste of what a difference hydroraking has made.

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Hydro-raking is moving forward and making great, visible progress.

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The hydro-raking contractor and the Morristown mayor led a discussion on the planned hydroraking on Monday evening September 28.  A few tidbits include:

  • Hydro-raking is like excavating a milkshake - every time you scoop some silt, more flows into its place.  

  • The goal is to return the depth of the water to between three and four feet, and make the pond the same size as it was 30 years ago.   

  • There will be no impact on wildlife

  • They hope to finish by Thanksgiving.

  • Path will be closed in one spot each day during work, but a temporary wood chip detour is in place. The detour will be removed every evening.

  • The water level in the pond will lower during excavation and will need some time to refill.

  • Don’t talk to the contractors!  




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Foote's Pond hydro-raking begins around October 5

HAND DELIVERED September 17, 2020
To: Residents and Property Owners on James Street, Erskine Drive, Maxwell Court, and Ogden Place


T.R. Weniger, Inc. has been awarded a contract to hydro-rake Foote’s Pond. Construction is anticipated to start on or about Monday October 5, 2020. 


Completion is anticipated within 45 days. Hydro-raking is an NJDEP-approved alternative to dredging, used to restore water surface area and water depth in a pond or lake. A mechanical hydro-rake, similar to a backhoe and mounted on a small barge or pontoon, is deployed into the pond. It rakes out and removes only vegetative matter, both live and decomposed, down to the original lake bottom. The hydro-raked material is deposited into a container on the shoreline to allow excess water to drain off back into the pond, then loaded into sealed containers and trucked away. The project will yield a substantial improvement to the ecology of Foote’s Pond. 


There will be a Public Information Session held on site at Foote’s Pond Wood next to the fireplace on the James Street side of the park on Monday, September 28th, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. Municipal representatives will be present to provide more detailed information on the project and field questions. 


What to expect during construction: 

1. Work hours will be 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with some Saturdays possible. 

2. The work area and equipment access point will be along the James Street side of the park, to the right of the main park entrance across from Erskine Drive. A temporary stone access pad will be installed, and 10-20 truck trips per day between the street and water’s edge will occur at this location. James Street will remain open to traffic with minor disruptions only as trucks enter and leave the park. Traffic control will be provided as necessary. 

3. Limits of land disturbance will be confined to Town property. 

4. Limited tree trimming and removal at the shoreline access point will be performed by Town personnel prior to the start of work in order to provide sufficient room for hydro-rake access. 

5. Active work areas will be cordoned off and not accessible while work is ongoing. 

6. Contractor will be using motorized equipment and manpower to complete the required work and will generate some noise typical to municipal construction work

7. Hydro-raked material will generate an earthy-type odor while exposed to the air, however the material will be efficiently trucked off site to the Lake Road Recycling Center and never left overnight or over a weekend or holiday. 

8. The pond water surface level may lower slightly during the work, but will quickly return to normal 

9. The work presents little to no threat to aquatic creatures as the pond will not be drained, and aquatic life will retreat to another area of the pond while a particular area is being hydro-raked. Contractor’s personnel have been trained and directed to be vigilant for displaced aquatic life and return such to the water immediately upon discovery. 

10. Contractor will remove the temporary stone access pad and restore all disturbed areas to preexisting conditions upon project completion. 

11. The Morristown Engineering Division will inspect the project and will be available to help you with any special concerns. Maser Consulting will be technical support to the Engineering Division. 

12. Any and all inquiries, comments, or concerns regarding the project should be sent directly to the Engineering Division at the number above, or to: 

A-DeVizio@townofmorristown.org  

R-Panei@townofmorristown.org  

 
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MEADOW WEBINAR FROM THE NJ HIGHLANDS COALITION

Jared Roesenbaum runs Wild Ridge Plants (https://wildridgeplants.com/) with his wife, Rachel Mackow.  See his video on creating meadows.  To skip past the introductions, you can forward to Jared's intro at 2 minutes 50 seconds in. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbyrdE_35Lk

 

MEADOW WEBINAR FROM THE NJ HIGHLANDS COALITION

September 16, 7 pm. 

This talk goes over various landscape uses for native plants ranging from meadow patches to formal gardens. It focuses on selection of native plants based on their functions (e.g., screening, foundation plantings, plants for shade, etc.), emphasizing the value these plants provide to birds, bees and butterflies — contributing to increasing the health of our natural world. The talk also covers how to select deer resistant plants and develop creative ways to protect any native plant from marauding deer.

Register

Deer Resistant Native Plants for your Garden
 

FIGHT INVASIVES

July 7, 2020

Master Gardener, Ilona Ontscherenki will speak about the ten most common invasive plants found in Morris County and various methods to use to remove them, as well as suggestions and descriptions of native plants that can be substituted for them. Learn how to protect your landscape from these invasive plants and what you can do to help protect the environment and native habitat for wildlife.

Registration for this program is FREE at:

https://www.arboretumfriends.org/fight-invasives-go-native

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MAKE YOUR BACKYARD A HAVEN FOR WILDLIFE

June 9, 2019

This presentation from University of Delaware's Doug Tallamy entitled Nature's Best Hope, how to save the planet by making your back yard a haven for wildlife.

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BIRD SIGHTINGS

June 9, 2019

Birds love Foote's Pond and the park as much as people do.  See the 87 species of bird identified in the park just this year at eBird.

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