Monday, November 14, 2011

35 More Acres Preserved in Princeton

From the D&R Greenway Land Trust.

I remember this issue was bubbling when I was living in Princeton a few years ago. It's great to see something of a positive resolution finally come.

On September 22, D&R Greenway preserved a critical woodland property, adding 35 more acres to the 953 acres and 14 properties in Princeton already preserved by D&R Greenway with help from our partners. A new trail will open next spring connecting this land to Herrontown Woods and the Ricciardi tract preserved by our partners.

D&R Greenway would like to thank its partners in this acquisition: 
  • NJ Green Acres Program
  • Mercer County
  • Princeton Township
  • Friends of Princeton Open Space
  • A generous anonymous donor

Wendy Mager, President of Friends of Princeton Open Space (FOPOS), talks about the collaboration: "FOPOS is delighted that we could support D&R Greenway in the acquisition of the All Saints' land.  It forms a crucial link in a connecting trail system.  We look forward to working with D&R Greenway to create trails where folks can enjoy these beautiful woods."

Located in the ecologically valuable Princeton Ridge, the volcanic diabase rock that underlies the Ridge supports unique woodlands. The extensive woods include countless giant, venerable specimens of trees that thrive in rocky soil typical of the Ridge - sweet gum, black birch, bigleaf aspens, musclewood, as well as oaks, hickories and tuliptrees. As a deep interior forest (that is, one that is more than 600 feet wide), it supports birds that depend on old trees for food, such as the pileated woodpecker, and birds that nest in old forests including wood thrush and scarlet tanager. 

D&R Greenway has now preserved 15,091 acres of land throughout New Jersey since 1989.

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