On Earth Day (this Tuesday), April 22nd AT 3:30pm the Harrington Park Environmental Commission is planning a dedication to Mark Becker at Donald Horsey Park. Mark was a founding member of a wonderful Bergen County environmental group called Bergen SWAN. Mark tragically passed away in a car accident on February 26th at the age of 53. Please join us as we celebrate Earth Day and recognize Mark’s life and the contributions he made to the world around us. Mark’s family has been invited and Mayor Hoelscher will say a few words. There will be a short ceremony with a tree planting/dedication, some music, and a poem or two.
Read more about Mark and his work at this site: http://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2014/03/04/a-life-well-mapped/
These photos are from the Beechwoods; in November 2007 Mark, Lori Charkey and Ken Hoffman from Bergen SWAN hiked with members of HP Girl Scout troop 702 and taught them about local trees and plants; in April 2008 Mark taught the girls how to map the existing trails in the park with GIS technology (his specialty).
To learn more about Bergen SWAN: http://bergenswan.org/default.aspx