Cora LoPresti receives Certificate of Appreciation for Environmental Stewardship

Pictured above (left to right): Members of the Board of Trustees – William “Captain Bill” Sheehan, Donald Palombi, Cora LoPresti, Ralph J. Marra, Jr., Esq and Mayor Alberto Santos. At its Dec. 14, 2016, meeting the Meadowlands Conservation Trust presented Wood-Ridge resident Cora LoPresti with a Certificate of Appreciation for Environmental Stewardship in recognition of… [Read more]

A Message from Chairman Sheehan

Congratulations to Cora LoPresti of Wood-Ridge for her hard work helping Meadowlands wildlife and improving the environment while working toward her Girl Scout Gold Award. Cora, now a first-year student at Rutgers University, enlisted her fellow students and community members while a senior at Wood-Ridge High School for two projects: building much-needed birdhouses and organizing a… [Read more]

Congratulations to Chairman Sheehan

The MCT congratulates Chairman Bill Sheehan on receiving the Friends of Liberty State Park’s Audrey Zapp Environmental Achievement Award. Chairman Sheehan was honored as an environmental champion in his capacity as Executive Director of the Hackensack Riverkeeper. The non-profit, environmental advocacy organization works to defend the resources of the Hackensack River Watershed.

MCT Manager Debbie Lawlor Retiring

MCT Manager Debbie Lawlor is retiring on December 1, 2015. All contact with the MCT should be directed to Colleen Mercado at or 201.460.3722.

American Bittern in June

Don Smith, consultant to the Meadowlands Conservation Trust, reports having seen an American Bittern on the evening of Monday, June 15th and again on the morning of Tuesday, June 16th just off of Commerce Boulevard in Carlstadt. He thought he glimpsed a second bird Tuesday morning but couldn’t say for sure. Born and raised in… [Read more]

Tree Swallow Bird Boxes Needed!

Tree Swallows nest at a number of sites in the Meadowlands and Hackensack River watershed every spring. According to Cornell’s All About Birds website, “Tree Swallows breed in open habitats such as fields and wetlands, usually adjacent to water. They nest in artificial nest boxes as well as tree cavities. Foraging flocks are frequently seen… [Read more]

Friends of MCT – Volunteer Opportunities

If you are a caring individual concerned about the welfare of our environment, particularly in the Meadowlands and Hackensack River watershed, we urge you to join Friends of Meadowlands Conservation Trust. The Meadowlands Conservation Trust (MCT) has a small, dedicated and hardworking staff. We have a land acquisition program that requires continuous maintenance of open space… [Read more]

In Memory of Mark Becker

We are saddened to report that Mark Becker, a longtime conservationist who worked tirelessly to protect open space in the Hackensack River watershed, died February 26, 2014 in a multi-vehicle crash on the New York Thruway. Mark was brilliant, selfless and dedicated to making our region a better place. Mark was appointed to the Meadowlands… [Read more]