Low tides reveal enduring cedar stumps, reflecting Meadowlands' ecological past
James M. O'Neill,
Staff Writer, @JamesMONeill1
Published 8:00 a.m. ET Oct. 13, 2017
Atlantic white cedar trees were once ubiquitous in the Meadowlands, but were largely wiped out by the 1920s.
Twice each day, at low tide, the New Jersey Meadowlands pulls back its watery veil to reveal the dark, twisted remnants of its ecological past.
Someone scanning the barren, soggy mudflats when the tide is out can see the low stumps and fallen trunks of Atlantic white cedar trees, which once covered as much as a third of the Meadowlands.
Because cedar wood is so durable, those stumps have lasted, despite being covered with water for decades. They dot the mudflats today, in bizarre and elegant shapes, natural sculptures jutting out of the marshland.
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