All of us at Taylor Farm & Wildlife Preserve, and anyone who enjoys visits here, are grateful for the efforts of all involved in the Wright Cove Cleanup Day that took place on October 29th, 2016.
It all started back in mid-August, when Martin Rapp of NJ Natural Lands Trust contacted our very own Mike Zickler and Peter Taylor to introduce an idea that his co-worker Jay Kelly, also an Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at Raritan Valley Community College, had. Jay was proposing to engage his students in a cleanup as part of a research project to study the effect of a cleanup on the ecosystem and the rates of any floatable trash return. Also partnering in this effort was Cindy Zipf from Clean Ocean Action.
How could we refuse?!!! Volunteers are essential in maintaining the upkeep of the preserve, and there is a lot of land to cover. The Delaware River does not relent in depositing trash on its shores. Whenever a cleanup like this occurs, the effects of it can last a long while. About 50 students took part in this effort. It's likely that much was learned by all. Our environment is precious. It's up to all of us to cherish it.
Take a look at the before, during, and after photos to get an idea of the scope of this project. Besides plenty of tires, there was a lot of very interesting (ahem) trash. Photo credits go to Jay Kelly, Stephanie Pavona, Catie Tobin, and Mike Zickler.
Again, BIG THANKS to all involved. We look forward to learning more about this ongoing study.