Poplar Road Wildlife Sanctuary 
Poplar Road, Rivervale, Bergen County, New Jersey


From Exit 5 off the Palisades Interstate Parkway head south on Route 303; turn left (west) onto Oak Tree Road; follow it around to make a left turn (west) onto Washington Street/Old Tappan Road; turn right onto Washington Avenue north (heading northeast); follow it around to a curved turn left onto Poplar Road.  The parking area is a short ways down on the left (south side) of the road.


white pine forest


Headed in a short ways to a T-intersection; I turned right and headed west; the trail turns left before reaching Cherry Brook; turned left again and walked east toward Lake Tappan; turned left to head north; turned left to head west to the sanctuary entrance. The trail is basically a rough rectangle. 

Patrick L. Cooney, Ph. D.;  * = plant blooming on date of field trip, July 15, 2006

Acer rubrum (red maple)     
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Nyssa sylvatica (tupelo)
Picea abies (Norway spruce)
Pinus strobus (white pine)
Quercus palustris (pin oak)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)
Tilia americana (tulip tree)

Shrubs and sub-shrubs:
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow’s honeysuckle)
Rhus typhina (smooth sumac)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)

Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Rubus phoenicolasius (wineberry)
Smilax rotundifolia (round-leaved greenbrier)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis sp. (grape)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)
Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp) *
Circaea lutetiana (enchanter’s nightshade) *
Phytolacca americana (pokeweed)
Rumex obtusifolius (broad dock)
Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage)

Juncus tenuis (path rush)

Dactylis glomerata (orchard grass)
Microstegium vimineum (Japanese stilt grass)
Panicum clandestinum (deer-tongue grass)
Phragmites australis (giant reed grass)

Dennstaedtia punctilobula (hay-scented fern)
Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)