Friday, October 12, 2012

343 Acres Added to Sourland Mountain Preserve

Hooray, more land taken from Bryce Thompson Land and put into permanent preservation! Of course, they get a tidy sum for their generosity, but we cannot look a preserved horse in the mouth, can we?

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Ribbon cutting ceremony for newest Sourlands acquisition is Oct. 16 in Hillsborough

Somerset County and Hillsborough Township officials, along with representatives from the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at noon, to celebrate the addition of another 343 acres to the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Rain date for the event is Oct. 17 at noon.
Due to accessibility issues with the tract itself, the ceremony will be held at the Hillsborough Golf & Country Club, directly across from the property. For GPS and online mapping, the address is 146 Wertsville Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844. Or for directions go to Upon arriving, proceed up the driveway to the parking area next to the clubhouse. The ceremony will be held a few yards past the clubhouse.
The property will be permanently preserved as open space. The New Jersey Conservation Foundation has secured an option agreement to purchase the property from landowner Bryce Thompson and will transfer the agreement to the county.
The 343 acres, which are made up of several tracts in Hillsborough Township near the intersection of Wertsville and Montgomery roads, are contiguous to other open space lands acquired by Somerset County in recent years and will encourage the expansion of the Sourlands Preserve to the Hunterdon County border, where many local, county and nonprofit preservation initiatives are currently underway.
For information or further directions, contact Linda Van Zandt in the Somerset County Public Information Office at 908-231-7020 or

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