BERNARDSVILLE, NJ — The Bernardsville Borough Council heard and viewed a presentation by Kyle Morris, a freshman at Bernards High School and a Life Scout who has just completed his Eagle project.

Morris, who gave his presentation at the council's virtual meeting Tuesday night, undertook the task of finishing and enhancing the Laurelwood Trail in Bernardsville. The project took three months for Morris to complete. He said it took "three work sessions on the trail and many hours of planning."

The six phases of the project, as Morris described them, were as follows:

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1) Clean the fallen trees across the path
2) Cut them 2 feet wide and 8 feet tall as recommended by National Parks Service
3) Improve the slopes 
4) Build an elevated walkway over the muddy area on the Round Top side of the trail
5) Plant shrubs and trees
6) Other trail improvements, putting in trail braziers, including installation of benches and adding maps

The full length of the path is approximately one-half mile.

"I would like to thank the Borough Council and the Open Space Committee for their support," Morris said, "and Home Depot for donating supplies and Tarzan Tree Company for donating their time and service."

Morris also thanked his "mother Kathleen Williams, my grandfather Jim Williams and my brother have also given their time to help me on this project. (And) I would like to thank Mr. Birnbaum for all his time, guidance and donations on this project. He has been a great help and I appreciate everything he has done for me."