LIVINGSTON, NJ - Recently, members of the Livingston Environmental Commission (LEC) conducted a land use assessment at the 2.5 acre Orchard Hill property located on Hillside Ave. that the town bought in 2007 for open space preservation. The goal was to identify possible uses for environmental education purposes.

They also conducted a cleanup of debris and garbage at the property. The cleanup event was sponsored through the Township of Livingston, Department of Health, Welfare and Human Services through their "Clean Community Program" grant.

"LEC Members mostly study and make recommendations to the Township Council on topics relating to the protection, development or use of natural resources including educational uses for such natural resources, located within the township," said Gary Schwartz, chair of the LEC.

“Since the property is very close to Heritage Middle School, it could be a great location for educators and their students to conduct outdoor studies that complement their school curriculum,” said Art Altman, vice chair of the LEC.