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Schedler woods must be preserved for Ridgewood


OCTOBER 30, 2015    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2015, 12:31 AM

Schedler woods must be preserved

To the Editor:

When it comes to the Schedler property, we mustn’t be naughty and we can’t afford to be nice.

We mustn’t be naughty and remove a majority of the trees for a 90-foot athletic field, but likewise a “nice park” as many residents recommend won’t do either.

Ridgewood, Bergen County, America and the rest of the world is experiencing an environmental crisis of unprecedented proportions due to a dire lack of what we now call wildscapes: undeveloped land where our ecological system can flourish.

Because we have so few remaining acreages of woods and forests, the balance of plants and wildlife required to produce food, the quality of our air and water is seriously threatened.

There has always been a “necessary reason,” as it is phrased, for woods to be replaced by development.

We are told we need another shopping mall, a strip mall, another housing development, another parking lot, another athletic field. You name it and there is an excuse for trees to be chopped down.

But now the time has arrived where it is vital that to preserve every acre of remaining woodland.

Therefore, it would be irresponsible to develop Schedler to any degree whatsoever.

Let our 7 acres of Schedler become a beacon, a lodestar, perhaps even accruing the power of a meme, communicating that we in Ridgewood know that those wild woods left alone are of the utmost value.

Diane Palacios


21 thoughts on “Schedler woods must be preserved for Ridgewood

  1. Well said Diane. Easier to make a ball field than a 100 year old wooded property

  2. we bought it as a village to save it from being commercially developed. now that many many volunteer residents have met over the course of years and agreed on the best use of that land to the benefit the whole village we have last minute complaints from neighbors about the plan.

    here’s a solution: sell the land.

  3. This is no “wildscape” as many in Ridgewood are fond of saying. Go take a look at it yourself. The “woods” area referred to is a scruffy buffer dead zone strewn with dead toppled trees and branches in various stages of decay. None of the trees appear healthy. Loss of these “woods” would not be a problem.

  4. 1:19 are you familiar with the High Line in New York City? It is one of the most highly regarded parks in the country. It used to be a scruffy railroad trestle. Try using your imagination.

  5. Ditto 1:11. Just sell it and be done with it.

  6. 1:19 try checking facts. Studies show its not a scruffy buffer! Open your eyes! Did you even look at the picture heading this article? Forest doesn’t look scruffy, toppled or decaying.

  7. A lodestar…?

    That’s a load of shit…Diane and Hans Gruber don’t want any athletic fields near their homes.

    Time for the east side to share the burden of having little all-stars like Tyler and Isabella playing soccer on town property 11 months a year….

  8. 5:04pm, once again, try visiting the Shedler location YOURSELF, DURING and looking at the grounds WITH YOUR OWN EYES and not based on some picture you see on the internet. It is in terrible shape, unmaintained, forlorn, unoccupied, unattractive, uninviting, a real hard-to-get-to (and as things stand now, nobody would want to) postage stamp of a no-man’s-land that is and always will be isolated from any actual animal wildlife because of the busy roadways it abuts and the fully built-out area it’s located in. It is truly nothing other than a poorly-functioning noise barrier for Route 17 traffic at a place where the noise is not that bad anyway. Any new use the town might specify would be an improvement over its current decrepit condition. It could very much stand to be invested in and improved, providing a motivation for Ridgewood residents from other parts of town to visit there and similarly draw those village residents who live there more into the flow of village life. Let’s not miss an opportunity to (wisely) develop this uninhabitable pile of leaves, fungus and bird cr*p. Why must we be so emotional and gauzy about this place? it’s not worth preserving in its current state. Not by a long shot. And if it is not deliberately improved with an appropriate amount of money and a worthwhile plan, it will remain the eyesore that it is, not even fit for a murder of crows or a venue of vultures.

  9. Anon 7:26, you took the words out of my mouth. I agree 100% with you. Plus you write beautifully and think clearly, Quite a contrast to the typical Pravda, I mean Blog, commentator. What a shame the vocalantis can’t see past their nose to appreciate the improvements that can be introduced to what can only be described as a dump. One sugestion, I wish you would identify yourself. Cheers, Rurik

  10. The trees in Schedler turn beautiful colors in the fall and fall off only to appear again in spring. Living proof that they live. The deer prefer to live in the the borders between the back yard and small wooded areas like Schedler.

    Any decay of plant live in Schedler promotes biodiversity , which is called snag.

    Biodiversity , think about that one. What it means for you and your children. And how it is disappearing , because you see Natrue as ugly, not beautiful.

    Nature is not 25, 000 daffodils. That my friends, is artifical decor. Nature is Schedler ;.

  11. who is going to do all the repair’s and service on this land. the park’s dep’t is down to 3 workers.they can not do all the work that needs to be done now.

  12. Its Halloween Rurik has come out of hole. Trick or Treat

  13. S Frapz, the High Line park is unique and popular. It is also smack dab in the middle of a residential population center consisting of probably 100-200,000 people who can easily access it ON FOOT to satisfy their desire to get their 15,000 daily steps in by strolling past neatly trimmed shrubs and other small plants rather than meandering around parking signs and Di Blasio’s homeless people. By contrast, the Schedler property is preposterously difficult for the vast majority of us to get to either by car or by foot. When considered on a difficulty-of-getting-to/reward-for-arriving-at basis, nobody other than immediately adjacent neighbors will EVER set foot on the Schedler property other than to allow their dog to relieve itself UNLESS significant improvements are made leading to real recreational options for village residents who foot the bill. Do us a favor and specify the cost and nature of the improvements you would make to Schedler that Councilmembers can be persuaded would be worth the cost! Realistically, only a well-thought-out, wholesale renovation of the property would motivate people from distant parts of the village to wend their way into Schedler. Using taxpayer dollars in a misbegotten effort to transfirm this sow’s ear into a mere piece of pork jerky just won’t cut it and would never be approved. Opponents to true development of Schedler seem to have as their goal stopping ALL development of Schedler in its tracks, causing this village-owned property to remain neglected and unvisited by nearly the entire population of the world (and for extremely good reason). Is it possible the “wildscape” enthusiasts are simply trying to put another anti-development notch in their non-leather vegan belt? Can’t we just ship this sixties retread bunch back up to Yasger’s Farm and be done with them? Oy.

  14. Sell the damn thing and use the money to build a parking garage !!

  15. Did you love it when Pucciarelli yelled and pounded his fist and pointed his finger saying that “you people are not guaranteed a woods to look at and this property will definitely be developed one way or another.” He stated that Mrs. Schedler could have clear cut it – yeah, well, she didn’t clear cut it, and now she is dead, and the Village owns the property, so why not leave it as a woods? Why not? Because By God Albert has decreed that it will be devloped no matter what.

  16. You heard it first here, Anon 9:00. Once the 25,000 daffodils are planted, I will personally buy 500 full-sized plastic flamingos to be interspersed among the daffodils. One plastic flamingo for every idiotic comment on the blog. Artificial decor? You haven’t seen nothing yet!

  17. Only Rurik could describe a beautiful woods with gorgeous fall foliage as a dump. Good Lord.

  18. Nice try, 9:00pm. As undeveloped “wildscape” areas go, Schedler is too small, too isolated, and too close (immediately adjacent) to a deer-killing roadway to make it Bambi’s favorite rest stop (much more likely to be his last rest stop, frankly). Is there a naturalist out there who can provide photographic evidence of mammalian life in Schedler larger than a squirrell, racoon, or groundhog? Your high-minded comments are not grounded in any facts specific to Schedler. Who do you expect to persuade other than like-minded AGW adherents?

  19. Just sell the property to the highest bidder and remove the headache

  20. 10:08, written in Albert’s inimitable style

  21. 11:22, apparently Albert’s style is imitable, because 10:08 and Albert are two different people. The Puch must not be the only hardened skeptic of the verdant charms of that roadside oasis of deciduous delight. Schedler is nature’s version of Sodom, after the early-morning shower of fire and brimstone. Can anyone gaze upon it without becoming pillar of salt?

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