Jul 09 2012

Guest Post by Michael Heffler Cycling and Open Space – A Natural Alignment


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!

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Jul 05 2012

Kids Explore Dvoor July 8th!


Are you looking for a fun, interactive way to teach your kids about the importance of local food and healthy eating habits? Come to the Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers’ Market this Sunday for Kids Explore Dvoor.  Children ages 7 -11 are invited to a special tour of the market. From 10:00 to 11:30 kids will help shop for and take part in a cooking demonstration. Space is limited to the first 20 children, so stop by the land trust’s booth early and let us know if your child wants to participate! After the cooking demonstration, there will be an art project and scavenger hunt under the central market tent, so come and make a day of it! 111 Mine Street, Flemington – right on the Route 12 Circle. The market is open Sundays 9 am to 1 pm.

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Jul 02 2012

Welcome Patricia Ruby, Executive Director


We are very excited that Patricia Ruby has joined the land trust as the new Executive Director. “Patti’s background in environmental conservation and sustainability are an excellent match with the land trust’s work to preserve the natural beauty and resources of Hunterdon County” said Ron Monaco, President of the Board of Trustees. Patti comes to the Hunterdon Land Trust from the Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey where she served as program manager of the award-winning Sustainable Jersey program. “I am very excited to join the land trust team” Patti said. “I grew up close to Hunterdon County and always enjoyed the family farms and beautiful landscapes that define the area and make me feel that I truly belong to this place. I am very fortunate that my career allows me to help communities maintain a high quality of life so that our children and grandchildren continue to enjoy the rural and historic character of Hunterdon.” In addition to working with the Sustainable Jersey Program, Patti worked with the Lamington Conservancy and the Raritan Headwaters Association (formerly the Upper Raritan Watershed Association). She holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where she focused on planning, policy and sustainable development. Patti loves to travel but feels lucky to have great outdoor adventures just outside our front doors. “I am so happy to join the land trust to ensure that we and future generations always have such opportunities.”

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May 31 2012

Land Trust Celebrates ‘A Day on the Land’ June 9


Land Trust Celebrates ‘A Day on the Land’ June 9

Explore Horseshoe Bend Park, a spectacular new preserve in Kingwood Township.

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May 16 2012

Farmers’ Market Opens Sunday, May 20th


Farmers’ Market Opens Sunday, May 20th

Six seasons of local food at the Historic Dvoor Farm.

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May 04 2012

Hunterdon Land Trust Launches New Website


Hello there. Make yourself at home.

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Mar 20 2012

Welcome, Karen Forbes


Karen Forbes joins the Land Trust as Interim Executive Director.

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Feb 15 2012

Urbach Farm Preserved


Protected: one of the largest undeveloped parcels in Raritan Township.

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Jan 15 2012

Ecology and Community


Ecology and Community

Organizations like the Hunterdon Land Trust are built of relationships similar to the connections between living things in the natural world.

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Jan 01 2012

58 Acres of Critical Watershed Protected in Lebanon Township


Fisher property is a beautiful and ecologically significant tract of land.

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