In this unprecedented time of Covid-19, as the pandemic hits us both nationally and locally, the Coalition to Save South Mountain Reservation supports progressive action to save lives and support our damaged economy. Now more than ever our county leaders should reconsider their planned Turtle Back Zoo expansion expenditures. Please read CSMR Board Member Joyce Rudin's opinion piece, which appeared in the May 4, 2020 edition of the NJ Star-Ledger.
Residents through Essex County have been contacting their local papers and online news sites. This opinion piece "Don’t fall for Essex County’s greenwash of habitat destruction at Turtle Back Zoo," is written by Coalition SMR's very own Joyce Rudin.
Be sure to write your local editors, too!
We had a fabulous turn out on Sunday, March 1st. Please join us in celebrating our amazing youth who say it best: "NO ZOO EXPANSION! SAVE SOUTH MOUNTAIN RESERVATION!"
"In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.” -John Muir
Let's destroy more forest, and increase zoo attendance from 900,000 visitors to 1.2 million. -Joseph DiVincenzo
From our March 1, 2020 Rally @ the Rez. CoalitionSMR Board President, Joyce Rudin, speaks to the crowd of 350 rally-goers.
From our March 1, 2020 Rally @ the Rez. Newark Water Coalition founder, Sabre Bee, rallies the crowd.
From our March 1, 2020 Rally @ the Rez. CoalitionSMR Board Member and Environmental Expert, Virginia Lamb, speaks to the crowd of 350 rally-goers on the importance of forests.
From our March 1, 2020 Rally @ the Rez. CoalitionSMR Board Member and Educator, Loren Svetvilas, speaks to the crowd of 350 rally-goers on educating the County on conservation education.
Montclair Local News article, by Kelly Nicholaides [April 1, 2020]
NJ Jewish News, by Jed Weisberger (March 11, 2020)
TAPInto article, by Deborah Balthazar (February 28, 2020)
Montclair Local News Letter by Jim Price (February 14, 2020)
TAPInto Column, by Beth Boily, SOMA (2/14/20)
Patch article, by Eric Kiefer (1/15/2020)
By Brianna Vannozzi, January 22, 2020
Patch Article, by Eric Keifer [10/22/2019]
VillageGreen.NJ Article, by Mary Mann (07/18/2019)
Patch article, by Eric Kiefer (07/11/2019)
NJ.com / Star-Ledger Article, by Kelly Hayboer [September 1, 2019]
Essex County Council for Young Children article (Summer, 2019)
On April 18, 2020, Essex County officials held a public presentation of their plans for the Turtle Back Zoo expansion project. (A public comment session was included.)