The Frelinghuysen Township Committee and the numerous volunteers associated with the remediation of the Frelinghuysen Forest Preserve (FFP) are excited to announce that the entirety of the Frelinghuysen Forest Preserve is now open to the public. In order to celebrate this historic event the Township will be hosting an official grand opening on Sunday, October 30th, with a rain date of November 6th. The event will be from 11:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m. at the new Township Recreation Center located at 139 Lincoln Laurel Road, Blairstown, New Jersey. The event will feature guided hiking, a historical Native American Artifacts presentation, and a Fly Fishing demonstration.
The FFP is comprised of over 280 acres of land between Route 94 and the Gnome Hollow Preserve. We have spent the last year and a half preparing the FFP North property, located at 139 Lincoln Laurel Road, for public use. Safety remediation was a top priority for this parcel, resulting in the demolition of all of the old, dilapidated and neglected Kids Camp buildings. We also were required by the State to seal many abandoned wells and comply with various other requirements in order to qualify for the Green Acres funding which helped to defray the cost of this property to the residents.
Our Land Managers, along with volunteers from the community and local Girl Scout troops have been clearing and blazing trails throughout the property. The trails are now clearly marked and color-coded. There is an approximately one-acre pond on the property, and we have restored the dock so that anyone interested in fishing can get out there on the water. One Girl Scout is planting milkweed to help the Monarch butterflies as her Silver Award project; another troop has cleared and blazed a trail around the vernal pond and is also placing bat boxes at the preserve.
The Township Committee is excited to see this piece of land now open for public use. Preserving farmland, open space and our historic rural heritage has been a major policy objective of the last decade for Frelinghuysen. The FFP property gives us the platform to introduce another generation of youth to the joys of outdoor activities. This property is a significant environmental resource that is now open for everyone to use for hiking, fishing, picnics and events. The lodge building will be an engaging new location open to all non-profit organizations in the town to use.
We look forward to seeing you at the Grand Opening!