After years of effort, the 108-acre Urbach farm has been permanently protected. It is one of the largest undeveloped parcels in Raritan Township.
The new preserve encompasses a varied landscape, with open fields that will continue to be farmed, mature woodland, beautiful views, and a segment of Assiscong Creek, a tributary of the South Branch of the Raritan River, which provides drinking water to over a million New Jersey residents. Wildlife at the site include a variety of mammals and birds, including warblers and pileated woodpeckers.
“There aren’t many chances to preserve a property in Raritan Township where you can go for a walk through woods and fields, and still have that feeling of being totally surrounded by nature,” said Kate Buttolph, director of land acquisition and stewardship for the land trust. “That sensation makes all the years of work to preserve the Urbachs’ farm worthwhile.”
The Urbach Farm is open to the public. A parking area is on Klinesville Road just north of Barton Hollow Road. The property is managed by Raritan Township and the Hunterdon Land Trust. Our partners in this project were the Raritan Headwaters Association, Raritan Township, NJ Green Acres Program and Hunterdon County Open Space Trust Fund.