I have a work associate that lives in this area, and I am supremely jealous.
Original press release courtesy NJConservation.org:
New Jersey Conservation Foundation, a private nonprofit organization,
just purchased a 44-acre property off Zellers Road. The parcel is
surrounded by more than 1,000 acres of preserved farmland and open
“We’re very pleased to add this property to the impressive inventory of
preserved land in the Schooley’s Mountain area, and make it available to
the public for passive recreation like hiking and nature observation,”
said Michele S. Byers, executive director of New Jersey Conservation
The property was purchased for $370,000, using funding from the Morris
County Preservation Trust, the Victoria Foundation, the state Green
Acres Program and the Washington Township Land Trust.
The Teetertown Brook, a pristine, trout-producing tributary of the South
Branch of the Raritan River, flows through the property. The South
Branch is a drinking water supply for more than 1.5 million New Jersey
“The Morris County freeholders are delighted to partner in this project
with these groups who value, as we do, the preservation of open space
and the protection of our essential water resources,” commented
Freeholder Ann Grossi.
The wooded property includes habitat for several endangered and
threatened species, including the bobcat, barred owl and longtail
The Newark-based Victoria Foundation, in addition to providing funding
toward the purchase of the property, also gave $10,000 to assist with
the stewardship of the land.
“Victoria Foundation is firmly committed to open space preservation and
stewardship, particularly for protecting water quality,” said Dale
Robinson Anglin, senior program officer with Victoria Foundation. “We
are pleased to continue our long-term partnership with the New Jersey
Conservation Foundation to preserve this critically important property.”
The property is located near the Columbia Trail and Hunterdon County’s
Teetertown Preserve, and is a short distance southwest of New Jersey
Conservation Foundation’s Drakestown preserve, also in Washington
It is located in the “Special Environmental Zone” designated in the
Highlands Regional Master Plan, meaning it has the highest priority
ranking for preservation.
“The Washington Township Land Trust is delighted to use part of our
state Green Acres grant toward this purchase of this property, which
will provide recreation while protecting wildlife habitat and our water
supply,” said Karen Richards, president of the land trust.
New Jersey Conservation Foundation’s mission is to preserve land and
natural resources throughout New Jersey for the benefit of all. Since
1960, the Foundation has helped preserve more than 120,000 acres of open
space and farmland. For more information on the Foundation’s programs
and preserves, visit www.njconservation.org or call 1-888-LAND-SAVE