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Results of Essex County's deer management program for the Hilltop Reservation.

Over 6 afternoons, sharpshooters removed 52 deer from an area smaller than one-half square mile in size. Wildlife biologists, ecologists and nature preserve managers recommend keeping deer density down to 20 or fewer per square mile in order to allow the forest to regenerate over time and gradually achieve a more balanced, stable and resilient ecosystem. That target density of less than 20 per square mile means we should have no more than 10 deer in the entire Hilltop property. The County was able to remove more than 5 times that recommended number. We are seeing less browse damage than in the past and certain plant and animal species are being observed more often in the Hilltop, so the deer program is definitely making a difference. We will continue to support efforts to further reduce the deer population, and to restore the health of the Hilltop's forest.

Theresa Trapp, Treasurer

Master plan excerpt
infrastructure and clean-up

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Jan 2015

Redevelopment plan Cedar Grove, NJ
The former County Hospital site between Fairview and Grove Avenues

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of the Hilltop Trails
in Portable Document Format (PDF)

Hello Hilltoppers:

Lots of things to do in the park

Thank you for your past support of the Hilltop Reservation, and of the Conservancy. We were able to accomplish many good things last year, which we couldn't have done without you.

And the work continues

To help us continue this great work, we need both your continued support and your membership dues. Over 90% of our funding for trail tools, native grass and wildflower seed, and other supplies comes from membership dues. Local residents and volunteers like yourselves provide the financial resources for us to conduct events and projects in the Hilltop, including: clean-ups, nature hikes, trail blazing, signage and wildlife habitat restoration.

Amounts for 2018 dues are:

Single membership:$20
family membership:$35

Please make your check payable to "Hilltop Conservancy" and mail it to :

Hilltop Conservancy, Inc.
c/o Theresa Trapp, Treasurer
34 Depot Street
Verona, NJ 07044

Your continued support is GREATLY appreciated and will allow us to continue our all-volunteer efforts to enjoy, care for and improve the Hilltop Reservation.
Thank you!!
Theresa Trapp, Treasurer

Intrepretive signs

Hilltop Reservation Certified as a 'Wildlife Habitat.'

Photos from A nature hike

The Hilltop Conservancy is a partner of the NJ Invasive Species Strike Team, a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing the spread of new foreign invasive species in New Jersey. More information is at www.NJISST.org

Please report any problems on a trail to the Vice President of the conservancy

The Hilltop Conservancy officers and trustees have decided to
NOT hold regular general membership monthly meetings.

The work of the Conservancy continues and we will organize events as in past years.

Be sure to check your email box, your local paper and here for news and volunteer opportunities.
We continue to need your help and support. Indeed... now as much as ever before!

Topological map
with hot spots

Essex County New Jersey
communities of
North Caldwell,Cedar Grove
West Caldwell,Caldwell and Verona
You can learn about the Hilltop and
us in making a difference.

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Programs being offered
at the Essex County
Environmental Center

Birds Commonly Found at Hilltop
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Plant identification and information site.
Montclair Community Wildlife Habitat Project Essex Mountain Sanatorium Geocaching

President Dan Stusnick    Vice President Geordie Smith    Treasurer: Theresa Trapp

Mission Statement

The Hilltop Conservancy, Inc. is a non-profit organization recognized by the IRS (under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code) and by the State of New Jersey as a public charity qualified to receive tax-deductible contributions. The State of New Jersey requires charities that solicit funds from the public to register with the New Jersey agency regulating charities. If you desire a copy of Hilltop Conservancy, Inc.'s financial report you may write to: Hilltop Conservancy, Inc. Treasurer@HilltopConservancy.org or because we are registered with the State of New Jersey, information filed with the attorney general concerning our charitable registration may be obtained from the attorney general of the state of New Jersey by calling (973) 504-6215. Registration with the attorney general does not imply endorsement.

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