On June 14, D&R Greenway Land Trust and East Amwell Township preserved the 22-acre Lang property in Hunterdon County, valued at $300,000.
D&R Greenway provided the staffing to secure this parcel for preservation, and will manage the land in partnership with East Amwell Township.
The 22-acre property is an addition to D&R Greenway's 65-acre Omick Preserve.
The property provides for public access opportunities for future trails on the total 87 acres.
The newly preserved land is entirely forested with a mix of upland and wetland hardwood trees.
The property provides habitat for bird species of conservation concern including veery, hooded warbler and barred owl.
The considerable wetland areas show evidence of hummocks and hollows that typically serve as ideal amphibian breeding grounds.
More protected land for people, plants and wildlife!
Location of the Lang Property within the Sourland Mountain Greenway. Click on image to view larger.
From Mayor Peter Kneski, of East Amwell Township: "I am pleased that the Township in conjunction with D&R Greenway has preserved this lovely wooded area. It enhances and makes accessible the larger Omick Preserve to the north. There are plans to build a trail in the combined woodlands to provide a natural trail close to Ringoes and the school."
From Kevin Richardson, County Open Space Program Administrator at Hunterdon County:
"The County of Hunterdon is pleased to provide grant assistance for, and continue our support of, D&R Greenway Land Trust's land preservation initiatives. This acquisition demonstrates the importance of building strong partnerships with land trusts and leveraging funds from State, County, and Municipal sources which benefit all Hunterdon County residents by enhancing our rural character and preserving our natural, cultural and environmental resources."
D&R Greenway again thanks the outstanding work and support of East Amwell Township, and the funding contributors - the State Green Acres Program and the Hunterdon County Open Space Program.
It's out there, even if it's not always so easy to spot.
Born and raised in New Jersey, having spent some time elsewhere, including western New York and South Korea, the author has always come back to the place of his birth, the place he loves, the Garden State. There is a lot to love about New Jersey, not least of which is some of the most beautiful, plentiful, awe-inspiring farmland and open space. But, being the most densely populated state in the nation, some of that space can be hard to find. So, he takes great pride in finding it and thus sharing the knowledge of its existence with others.
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