Delaware Watershed Fund Projects

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Delaware River Watershed Initiative

Grant Projects

New Jersey Conservation Foundation
Zemel Woodlands North
Woodland Township, Burlington County, NJ

Zemel Pine Barrens, NJ Pinelands

In June 2015, the New Jersey Conservation Foundation purchased the 473-acre Zemel Woodland North Property. The forested property, which includes 14 tributary streams that unite to join the Wading River, provides clear benefits to ground water recharge and protection of the water resources in the Kirkwood –Cohansey aquifer that underlies the NJ Pinelands. The property also includes wetland habitat and is a treasure trove of threatened and endangered species. The tract has been added to NJCF’s 10,000 acre Franklin Parker Preserve and also connects to Brendan Byrne, Bass River and Penn State forests. The NJ Conservation Foundation will allow public access and create trails for nature study and environmental education.

 

New Jersey Conservation Foundation
Mt. Rascal Acquisition
Independence Township, Warren County, NJ

Delaware Watershed Mount Rascal

In November 2015, the New Jersey Conservation Foundation completed the acquisition of two forested parcels totaling 112 acres. The land protects the wooded mountain summit for which the surrounding Mt. Rascal preserve is named, and preserves a portion of the historic Morris Canal. The addition of these two parcels increases the size of the Mt. Rascal preserve to 353 acres, and protects part of the watershed of the Bowers Brook, a headwater tributary of the Musconetcong River and designated by the state as “exceptionally significant” for ecology and drinking water. The majority of the Mt. Rascal Preserve will be owned and managed by the NJ Natural Lands Trust and the area along the Morris Canal will be owned by Warren County. Both areas will include trails and be open to the public for nature study, environmental education and passive recreation.

 

Trust for Public Land
Mosiers Knob Watershed
Smithfield Township, Monroe County, PA

Mosiers Knob, Delaware Water Gap, PA photo TPL

In October 2015, the Trust for Public Land protected the 550-acre Mosiers Knob property. The tract, located on the west bank of the Delaware River and rising to a 1,120-foot high point know as Mosier’s Knob, includes headwaters and main stem of Shawnee Creek. It was transferred to the 56,000-acre Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (DEWA) and will be open to the public for hiking and passive recreation.  The watershed in which the property is located ranks highly for protection of water quality due to its very low impervious surface and large amount of protected forest land.  The project also received a grant from OSI’s Northeast Resilient Landscapes Fund due to its significance for climate resiliency.

 

French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust
Warwick Furnace Preserve Acquisition
Warwick, East Nantmeal Twnsps, Chester County, PA

Warwick Furnace Farm Ironmasters house

In December 2015, the French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust (FPCCT) purchased 103 acres of rolling forested hills, streams and farmland. The tract, which is to become a FPCCT preserve, includes headwaters of the French Creek, designated by the State of Pennsylvania as an “Exceptional Value” stream. Acquisition of the land was part of a complex $14.5 million transaction involving multiple public and private partners to protect the 562-acre property, which includes the ruins of the Warwick Iron Furnace where the first Franklin stove was cast for Benjamin Franklin in the late 1700s. Because forest cover is critical to maintaining water quality, FPCCT will reforest all areas of the preserve that are now in agriculture. The preserve will be open to the public for hiking and nature study and include historical interpretation of the furnace site. The remaining 459 acres have been protected by conservation easements and will be acquired by conservation buyers and managed as preserved farmland operated under a Farm Conservation Plan that will protect water quality.

 

The Conservation Fund
Milford Glen
Dingmans Township, PA

Milford Glen, PA Delaware Watershed

In December 2015, the Conservation Fund protected the 41-acre Milford Glen property. The tract lies along the scenic Sawkill Creek, which supports naturally reproducing trout and has been designated an “Exceptional Value “stream by the state of PA due to its high water quality and ecological integrity. The property is also very near the estate of Gifford Pinchot, first head of the US Forest Service and former Governor of PA who enjoyed fly fishing in the Sawkill Creek.  After acquisition by The Conservation Fund, the parcel was transferred to the adjacent the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (DEWA). It is anticipated that trails will be developed through the property and across the Sawkill Creek to facilitate access for the public form the town of Milford to the Recreation Area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Delaware River Watershed Initiative

Land Protection Fund

 

New Jersey Conservation Foundation

Zemel Woodlands North

Woodland Township, Burlington County, NJ

 

In June 2015, the New Jersey Conservation Foundation purchased the 473-acre Zemel Woodland North Property. The forested property, which includes 14 tributary streams that unite to join the Wading River, provides clear benefits to ground water recharge and protection of the water resources in the Kirkwood –Cohansey aquifer that underlies the NJ Pinelands. The property also includes wetland habitat and is a treasure trove of threatened and endangered species. The tract has been added to NJCF’s 10,000 acre Franklin Parker Preserve and also connects to Brendan Byrne, Bass River and Penn State forests. The NJ Conservation Foundation will allow public access and create trails for nature study and environmental education.

New Jersey Conservation Foundation

Mt. Rascal Acquisition

Independence Township, Warren County, NJ

 

In November 2015, the New Jersey Conservation Foundation completed the acquisition of two forested parcels totaling 112 acres. The land protects the wooded mountain summit for which the surrounding Mt. Rascal preserve is named, and preserves a portion of the historic Morris Canal. The addition of these two parcels increases the size of the Mt. Rascal preserve to 353 acres, and protects part of the watershed of the Bowers Brook, a headwater tributary of the Musconetcong River and designated by the state as “exceptionally significant” for ecology and drinking water. The majority of the Mt. Rascal Preserve will be owned and managed by the NJ Natural Lands Trust and the area along the Morris Canal will be owned by Warren County. Both areas will include trails and be open to the public for nature study, environmental education and passive recreation.

Trust for Public Land

Mosiers Knob  Watershed

Smithfield Township, Monroe County, PA

 

In October 2015, the Trust for Public Land protected the 550-acre Mosiers Knob property. The tract, located on the west bank of the Delaware River and rising to a 1,120-foot high point know as Mosier’s Knob, includes headwaters and main stem of Shawnee Creek. It was transferred to the 56,000-acre Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (DEWA) and will be open to the public for hiking and passive recreation.  The watershed in which the property is located ranks highly for protection of water quality due to its very low impervious surface and large amount of protected forest land.  The project also received a grant from OSI’s Northeast Resilient Landscapes Fund due to its significance for climate resiliency.

French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust

Warwick Furnace Preserve Acquisition

Warwick and East Nanntmeal Townships, Chester County, PA

 

In December 2015, the French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust (FPCCT) purchased 103 acres of rolling forested hills, streams and farmland. The tract, which is to become a FPCCT preserve, includes headwaters of the French Creek, designated by the State of Pennsylvania as an “Exceptional Value” stream. Acquisition of the land was part of a complex $14.5 million transaction involving multiple public and private partners to protect the 562-acre property, which includes the ruins of the Warwick Iron Furnace where the first Franklin stove was cast for Benjamin Franklin in the late 1700s. Because forest cover is critical to maintaining water quality, FPCCT will reforest all areas of the preserve that are now in agriculture. The preserve will be open to the public for hiking and nature study and include historical interpretation of the furnace site. The remaining 459 acres have been protected by conservation easements and will be acquired by conservation buyers and managed as preserved farmland operated under a Farm Conservation Plan that will protect water quality.

The Conservation Fund

Milford Glen

Dingmans Township, PA

In December 2015, the Conservation Fund protected the 41-acre Milford Glen property. The tract lies along the scenic Sawkill Creek, which supports naturally reproducing trout and has been designated an “Exceptional Value “stream by the state of PA due to its high water quality and ecological integrity. The property is also very near the estate of Gifford Pinchot, first head of the US Forest Service and former Governor of PA who enjoyed fly fishing in the Sawkill Creek.  After acquisition by The Conservation Fund, the parcel was transferred to the adjacent the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (DEWA). It is anticipated that trails will be developed through the property and across the Sawkill Creek to facilitate access for the public form the town of Milford to the Recreation Area.

 

 

 

 

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