Yesterday we visited an amazing park within what is called The Meadowlands District in New Jersey. Back in the 1970s this area held over 50 landfills. Lands that previously had been used for grazing and the harvesting of salt hay were being used for landfills where for years unregulated dumping of solid waste took place. These unregulated landfills had a drastic impact on the ecosystem – harming the birds, fish, mammals and other wildlife that had once been abundant. Beginning in 2001 a commission was formed and regulation of landfills began. The landfills were cleaned, and more than 3,500 acres of environmentally sensitive wetlands were restored and are now protected. As a result, the Meadowlands District today is filled once again with wildlife.The Marsh Discovery Trail is a half-mile-long floating boardwalk that allows visitors to cross over the tidal marsh and walk directly through it. It also has excellent views of the New York City skyline. We enjoyed traversing it.
As we walked along the path an Egret walked along with us looking for his lunch.