Massive Oak Could Become Teaneck's First 'Historic' Tree
Tree along Cedar Lane is 250 to 300 years old
The Teaneck Township Council is expected to vote Tuesday on a measure that would designate a centuries-old red oak tree along Cedar Lane as a historic site.
An ordinance to add the tree to the town's list of historic sites was introduced last December after a recommendation from the Historic Preservation Commission. If approved, the move would make the massive oak the town's first tree to be granted historic status.
The tree is 250 to 300 years old and located on the site of the former Samuel Campbell farmhouse, built sometime before 1837, according to the library's virtual village website.
A resolution prepared for Tuesday's meeting calls the tree "a remnant of a rural landscape that contributes to the historic character" of Teaneck.
Residents have repeatedly pushed to save the towering oak. Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg's late husband Irwin successfully fought to block a developer from chopping down the tree to make way for a parking lot decades ago.
A former property owner, the Union for Traditional Judaism, sought to cut down the tree but backed off after an outcry from locals.
The Puffin Foundation later donated money allowing the tree to be granted a conservation easement in an agreement with current property owner Congregation Netivot Shalom. Under the easement, the tree will be preserved until its natural death and maintained by the county parks department.
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