LAST week, D&R Greenway preserved 22 acres in East Amwell Twp, Hunterdon County.
THIS week, we preserved 86 acres in Hopewell Twp, Mercer County!
With your help and with the outstanding support of our partners, on June 21st D&R Greenway purchased 86 acres of meadows and forest for permanent preservation.
These rolling fields and woodlands represent one of the last missing connections in the Stony Brook Greenway.
Thanks to our funding partners: the New Jersey Green Acres Program, Mercer County, Hopewell Township, Hopewell Borough and Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space.
This land connects the Stony Brook south of Rte. 518 to the Cedar Ridge Preserve north of Rte. 518, a D&R Greenway 'Signature Preserve'.
The property offers beautiful views toward the Sourlands ridge and will link the Stony Brook to the Sourlands.
Mature forest supports a diverse native canopy and rich herbaceous layer. The structure and composition of these areas provide important habitat for forest-dwelling wildlife species.
Protected native species in the stream corridor include pinxster azalea, false hellebore, smooth yellow violet, cutleaf toothwort, and Canada mayflower.
Open fields will provide for high quality pollinator and grassland species habitat.
"My parents bought this land in 1950 and I grew up here. My wife, Jody, and I, have now shared this property longer than they did -- over 30 years. We wanted to preserve this land to keep the special qualities of our community." -Townsend Olcott, landowner
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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