Tag Archives: open space preservation
Join us at the Hunterdon Land Trust’s Farmers’ Market at the Historic Dvoor Farm for a special say highlighting hiking on Sunday, August 26, 9 am to 1 pm. We’re very lucky to live in a county with so many parks and so much preserved land. The variety of hikes, from an easy stroll to a challenging work out, and the different types of terrain you can find here in Hunterdon are a real gift.
Lately I’ve been educating myself on the open space around Lambertville. A major reason that I moved to Lambertville was to get away from the ever- growing traffic and population in the suburbs. If someone had asked me “Do you enjoy the open space around here?” Up until recently I would have said: “I don’t know.” That answer, like my youthful one, was out of ignorance. The concept of open space wasn’t one I was familiar with. As much as I appreciated seeing them, the farms, the woods and fields were just there. For someone who has led rides with titles like “More animals than cars”, you would think that the preserved land in this area would be something I knew about. The area is beautiful. There are scenic vistas, open fields, and forests. More open space means less traffic, less traffic means more enjoyable cycling. It took a while for me to find out that open space organizations are working to make sure this area retains its beauty and rural character. I’m not sure that ignorance is bliss but I am sure that knowledge provides the ability to appreciate our blessings and act wisely. I have never heard a cyclist say: “If only there was more traffic where we cycle!” More open space creates better cycling. I’ve cycled in France, Italy, the Berkshires and Oregon the last few years. Each time I came home, I realized our area is just as beautiful. We can help keep it this way. There are problems in the world that don’t impact most of us directly and there are problems that affect us. We don’t always know what we can do to solve some difficult problems like a broken tax system and climate change. There are other problems we have to solve, like paying the bills. Keeping our area beautiful, for our selves and our children, is a problem with a ready solution, much like taking care of our health and the health of our families. With some action and forethought, we can all contribute to preserving open space. There are local open space organizations whose staff and volunteers steward the open space and keep our area beautiful. This work benefits everyone, but it’s mostly invisible to us. When open space gets developed we notice. Developed land tends to stay developed. There is a natural alignment between open space and the enjoyment of cycling. Giving your support to the local open space organizations is a great way to make sure we keep the area beautiful. Support your local open space organizations. It’s a great way to make sure you continue to live in a place where you want to keep pedaling. See you on the road!
Explore Horseshoe Bend Park, a spectacular new preserve in Kingwood Township.
Protected: one of the largest undeveloped parcels in Raritan Township.
Fisher property is a beautiful and ecologically significant tract of land.
Together, we can create a community with abundant clean water and fresh air, where healthy food is grown at local farms and everyone can enjoy open spaces and beautiful landscapes. For me, it’s a commitment I gladly undertake – to protect the places I love for the people I love.
There is a saying that we protect what we love and we love what we know. Those of us concerned for the future of New Jersey’s unique and special landscapes should share the places we know and love with the people we know and love.
Bob Jones, the owner of Clinton area Winnewald Day Camp, has donated a conservation easement on his property to the Hunterdon Land Trust. The donation ensures that the land that decades of campers, counselors and parents have grown to love will be protected for generations to come. The 2011 season will mark the camp’s 60th year.
Happy new year to all our friends and supporters. With your help, the Land Trust has had a banner year. In early 2010 the Dvoor Farm was listed on the National and NJ Register of Historic Places, and, as of two weeks ago, we moved our offices into the farmhouse. Our farmers’ market had record attendance; it was featured in the NJN series “NJ Fresh,” and the NJ Secretary of Agriculture visited for a press event. Most significant of all, our numerous preservation projects (including a 130-acre farm …