Jan 01 2012

58 Acres of Critical Watershed Protected in Lebanon Township

Working with a host of partners, the Hunterdon Land Trust has helped preserve a beautiful and ecologically significant tract of land in Lebanon Township. Known as the Fisher property, the 58-acre parcel encompasses a segment of Spruce Run as it flows toward Spruce Run Reservoir, a source of drinking water for more than a million New Jerseyans.

The project also protects some 30 acres of wetlands, which serve as a critical aquifer recharge area where water filters slowly into the soil, cleaning and replenishing the groundwater used by local residents with private wells. A thriving hardwood forest with many species of native plants provides a rich habitat for native wildlife. The site is adjacent to another parcel of protected land. It is managed by Lebanon Township and is open to the public for passive recreation. Trailheads are situated on Anthony Road north of the Woodglen Road intersection.

As is often the case, the project was a cooperative effort between the Land Trust and several public and private entities — in this case, the Raritan Headwaters Association,  NJ Water Supply Authority, Lebanon TownshipNJ Green Acres Program and Hunterdon County Open Space Trust Fund.

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