Junior Members of the Environmental Commission

Committeewoman Leah Vassallo and Deputy Mayor Dave Deegan along with Environmental Chairwoman Barbara Halpern welcome our newest junior members of the Environmental Commission Trenton Fischer, Paula Thompson, Malaina Mattson, and Victoria Tyran.

Welcome and congratulations!

They ask good questions.

The EC (Environmental Commission) got the letter from a science class at Reutter School.

They want to know when did the EC start?

What areas of Franklin Twp have you (EC) helped the most?

Why did the EC start?

The Franklin Township Environmental Commission was formed in 1976, 8 years before I became involved.  It was formed in response to increasing environmental awareness and enabling legislation that was first passed in 1968.  The first chairperson was Ted Kiefer, who may have been an advocate for the establishment of the Commission.  Aubrey Patten was chair when I began attending meetings.


Sustainable New Jersey gives a fairly concise statement about hows and whys of Environment Commissions:  “The Environmental Commission takes the lead on local environmental issues and serves as a base of local expertise. Created by the municipal government, it informs the local planning and zoning boards about the environmental impacts of proposed development, advocates for open space preservation, researches and makes recommendations on natural resource issues, informs residents on ways to protect the environment, and develops a natural resource inventory (NRI)–also known as an environmental resource inventory (ERI)– for the town.  In these and various other ways, the Environmental Commission is an essential ingredient for creating a sustainable community.”


Franklin Township’s Environmental Commission has actively pursued all of the activities listed in the quoted paragraph and had major roles in the development of the recycling program and the annual Franklin Township Community Day celebration.  All sections of the township have benefitted from the Environmental Commission’s work.  The improvements made to the township’s Master Plan and Planning and Zoning ordinances that guide development in our community are largely a result of Environmental Commission input working with many others.


I hope this is helpful to these young people.



Picture and caption from: http://www.franklintownshipnj.org/junior-members-of-the-environmental-commission/

Earth Day Malaga Lake Park Clean Up

Malaga Lake Park is one of Franklin Township’s main recreation sites for hiking, fishing, picnicking, using the playgrounds, and enjoying the lake the outdoors.

Come join your neighbors and friends and help clean up the park and Malaga Park Drive and get everything ready for the season.

WHEN: Saturday, April 22 (Rain date April 23)

TIME: 9:00am – 12:00pm

WHERE Malaga Park Drive

Snacks, water and gloves provided

Sponsored by the Township of Franklin Environmental Commission

Check out the Malaga Lake in Pictures page

Malaga Lake Park is so popular, it has it’s own Facebook Page. Hope to see you there!


Spring into Action at Malaga Lake Park


Spring into Action at Malaga Lake Park.

Your help is needed on Saturday, April 30, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, at Malaga Lake Park to clean up the park and Malaga Park Drive, plant shrubs, and get everything ready for the season.   Families are welcome, although children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Franklin Township Environmental Commission will supply the tools and plants and light refreshments will be available.  We will gather in the main parking lot at the Park.

Malaga Lake Park is one of Franklin Township’s main recreation sites for hiking, fishing, picnicking, using the playgrounds, and enjoying the lake and out-of-doors generally.  The Township is committed to improving conditions at the Park this year, starting with creating a shrub/tree buffer that will help to exclude geese from the grassy areas.   The planting at this event will be the start of many improvements.


See you there!