Feb 15 2012

Urbach Farm Preserved

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 TownshipNJ Green Acres Program and Hunterdon County Open Space Trust Fund.

4 Responses to Urbach Farm Preserved

  1. alison May 2, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    So glad this was preserved!

  2. hltadmin May 2, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    So are we. Thanks for the support Alison.

  3. Patricia S. Stover May 8, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Since the Urbach property is adjacent to mine, I am thrilled that it is perserved…and happy for our township. It was one of the original sites on our open space list (not near the top of the list, but still on it!). I saw a pair of pileated woodpeckers fly across my small open field to the Urbach woods right after the property was preserved. Margaret Waldock spotted a red headed woodpecker when she was walking the hedgerows a couple of years ago.

  4. Amy Greene August 11, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Raritan township is so great full for the assistance of the Hunterdon Land Trust Alliance, all our partners as well as the Townsip Committee, our Township Planner Jamie Sunyak our township attorney Albert Cruz and the Urbach’s for helping preserve the Urbach Farm. On my last visit I saw a flock of wild turkeys!

    Amy Greene
    Chair Raritan Township Open Space Committee

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