Always wonderful to hear of new preservation in the Sourland Mountain region.
This originally appeared in the Hunterdon County Democrat.
The Township Committee unanimously approved the acquisitions this
month of two lots on South Hill Road, the Polhemus properties, and two
at the intersection of Rocktown and Mountain Roads, the Wiedemer
Each set of properties adds about 10 acres to existing public lands for passive recreation.
The Polhemus properties cost $49,200 and the cost is being split with
D&R Greenway Land Trust. Professional fees are an additional
$2,000, the township reported.
These lots will become part of the Cat Tail Brook Preserve in the Sourland Mountains.
Glorianne Robbi, township Farmland and Open Space Preservation
Committee chairwoman, said that D&R Greenway has been preserving
land for the Cat Tail Brook Preserve for many years and the Polhemus
properties were particularly attractive.
“They are completely wooded,” she said. “And they haven’t been logged
in a long time.”
Therefore they provide uninterrupted forest canopy for
birds. The Polhemus properties are land-locked, near Lindbergh Road.
The Wiedemer properties are across Rocktown Road from the Omick
Preserve, which started with 63 acres and was previously expanded this
year with the purchase of the 23-acre Lang property.
The original Omick tract fronted on Route 31, said Robbi, and the
township wanted safer access. Visitors now may park on Rocktown Road to
enter the preserve, but Robbi said the township has applied for a state
grant to build a small parking area, and should receive word in the
She said that acquiring the Wiedemer property will allow expansion of
the Omick Preserve’s trails, which have been cut by township and
D&R Greenway volunteers. The Wiedemer property is costing $180,000,
plus $5,000 in professional costs. Half of that will be covered by state
Green Acres grant money, said Robbi.
The township’s share of both properties will be paid from the open space trust fund.
Township property owners pay a dedicated open space tax of 4 cents per $100 of assessed value.