News from the Preserve

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16thOct, 2016

Grand Opening Celebration!

October 16th, 2016|Categories: Events|

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!

13thApr, 2016

Frelinghuysen Township Awarded Trail Grant

April 13th, 2016|Categories: News|

Exciting News!  Frelinghuysen Township was awarded a $14,400.00 grant through the Recreational Trails Program.  The goal of the Recreational Trails Program is to improve public access to open space, provide outdoor recreation opportunities, develop trail linkages, create urban and suburban trail corridors and provide sites and facilities for additional and improved hiking, biking, horseback riding, and off-highway vehicle activities.

Grant funding is made available through the Federal Highway Administration to the states for assistance in maintaining trails and trail facilities. The Federal Highway Trust Fund is the source of the funding from a portion of the motor fuel excise tax. In this round, 63 applications were approved for a total of $1,188,500 in award monies. The New Jersey Trails Council recommended all of the grant recipients for approval.

The Public Land Managers will be using our portion of the grant to create parking areas, install access gates, interpretive signage and trail blazing. There will also be extensive trail clearing and blazing by volunteers for the required in kind contribution of citizens’ time and effort. When the project is complete, a kiosk with updated maps of the Frelinghuysen Forest Preserve Trail network will be installed.

We are thrilled to have been awarded this grant as it gives us funding to be able to complete many of the open-ended projects on the property.

As always, we will need volunteers to help us complete these projects.   Please sign up to become a volunteer here.

25thJan, 2016

Volunteer Work Days

January 25th, 2016|Categories: News, Volunteer Opportunities|

We have seen much progress at the Frelinghuysen Forest Preserve over the last few months, especially at the FFP North.  All of the buildings slated for demolition have been taken down and the necessary wells closed.  We are now able to work on the lodge, which will become our Frelinghuysen Community Center.  When the weather warms up we will be able to do more trail work and some sprucing up on the FFP South and North properties.

>>>  If you haven’t already done so, please register to be a volunteer today.

We’ll post updates at ffpnj.org/workdays in case anything changes.  If we need to cancel due to the weather, we’ll post a cancellation by 8:00 p.m. the day before the work day.  If you have any questions, please contact us.

Mark your calendars as we have scheduled the following workdays:

Fourth Thursday of each month (except Nov. & Dec. because of holidays) at 9:00 a.m.

  • October 27

Second Saturday of each month at 9:00 a.m.

  • November 12
  • December 10
15thNov, 2015

Fall Hike Wrap-up

November 15th, 2015|Categories: News|

Although it was a blustery November afternoon, there were over 30 residents who came out for a sneak peek of the FFP North (formerly Kids Camp) property.  We visited the sites that previously had buildings on them, sharing photographs of how the areas looked before and the drastically improved look of them now.   Everyone was very impressed and excited over the acquisition and were excited to hear about the future possibilities and plans for trails, programming and the community center.   Thank you to Mayor Kuhn and Deputy Mayor Stracco for attending and answering questions and providing feedback to the residents about the project.  We are looking forward to a grand opening in the spring!  In the meantime, we are planning more work days for the fall and also plan on doing interior work on the lodge building during the winter.  Please sign up for our mailing list so you can be kept apprised of volunteer opportunities as well as our progress!