The 350-acre Havey property in Plumsted Township, Ocean County, sits atop the Kirkwood-Cohansey aquifer, and contains the headwaters of Jumping Creek, which ultimately flows into the Delaware River through Crosswicks Creek. The property, a former cranberry bog, consists of wetlands and mature deciduous, pine and mixed forest that provide habitat for many endangered, threatened or rare wildlife species such as the Barred Owl, Red-headed Woodpecker, and Pine Barrens Treefrog.
The property, once preserved, will act as a buffer against development for the adjacent Pinelands National Reserve, including remote sections of Fort Dix, and Collier's Mills Wildlife Management Area. New Jersey Conservation Foundation, in partnership with National Biodiversity Parks, Inc. (NBP), a non-profit organization focused on the preservation of wildlife, will manage the Havey property as a nature preserve. The property will also allow for increased passive recreation and nature education.
OSI provided a $200,000 low-interest loan to assist New Jersey Conservation Foundation and NBP in the $760,000 acquisition, which was appraised at over $1 million.