Friday, January 13, 2017

Further Preservation at the Paterson Great Falls Historical Park

The Department of Environmental Protection announced this week that the Green Acres Program has purchased a tract of land near the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park to preserve the viewshed and support visitation to this important landmark.

The 8.5-acre site sits upon a dramatic ridge that rises more than 100 feet above the Passaic River, and offers an excellent view of Paterson’s Historic District below and the New York City skyline in the distance.

The property is adjacent to Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park; partially within the National Historic Landmark district, and adjacent to the Great Falls of Paterson-Garret Mountain National Natural Monument. Preservation of this property provides the opportunity for an expanded trail system, historic interpretation and other park amenities.

“Preserving this land is very important to enhancing the Paterson Great Falls Historical Park and preserving another aspect of the site’s important heritage,” DEP Commissioner Martin said. “The preservation of this beautiful landscape would not be possible if not for the shared vision of all the partners in this project and their commitment to preservation of this land. The Christie Administration remains committed to preserving historic sites that are important to people in the state and in cities like Paterson.”

“The site offers the possibility of creating a sequence of overlooks, landscapes, pathways and features that bring together the richness of a spectacular natural history and ecology; an aspect of our industrial and Native American heritage, and current day community and tourist interests, including recreation, interaction and events,” said Paterson Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres. “We envision a design strategy that will work to amplify existing assets and will enhance the natural beauty of the site.”

The Green Acres Program purchased the property from Paterson Renewal Associates, LLC for $5.7 million. The land, once slated for a housing development, contains a parking lot that will be used to support public access.

DEP will partner with the City of Paterson regarding improvements to and management of the property.

“We’re very pleased that this parcel is going to be preserved as open space,” said Kate Marcopul, Administrator of the State’s Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). “This action will preserve the integrity of the setting and the character of Paterson’s nationally significant historic sites, so that current and future generations of New Jerseyans can better understand its importance to our history.”

The Falls area has a long and storied history linked closely with not only the beginning of the United States but with a number of the key people who made the new nation a reality. In 1778, Alexander Hamilton first visited the Falls and was impressed by its potential for industry. Later, after Hamilton took the position as the nation’s first Secretary of Treasury, he selected the area as the site of the nation’s first planned industrial city, which he called a “national manufactory.”

In 1791, Secretary Hamilton helped found the Society for the Establishment of Useful Manufactures (S.U.M.), a state-chartered private corporation to fulfill this vision. Paterson itself was founded by the Society that same year and it chose to name the new town after New Jersey Governor William Paterson – a signer of the Constitution and, later, an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court – in appreciation of his efforts to promote the society.

“Preserving this property is a win for New Jersey for both ecological and historic reasons,” said Rich Boornazian, Assistant Commissioner of Natural and Historic Resources. “New Jerseyans and visitors to our state will now have additional space to see this geologic marvel and to further learn how it inspired leaders to build Paterson and a new industrial foundation for a young nation.”

The Green Acres Program, with help from public and private partners, has directly protected more than 680,000 acres of open space and provided hundreds of recreational opportunities for a variety of activities, including natural areas, hiking and fishing areas, city parks, playgrounds, athletic fields, boat ramps, docks, fishing piers and environmental education.

For more information on the DEP’s Green Acres Program, please visit:

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Peregrine Falcon Annual Report for 2016

The 2016 Peregrine Falcon research and management report is available on the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife.

The population remained relatively stable with 35 known pairs (30 active) occupying suitable nesting habitat across the state.

For the full report visit

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

2016 Annual Report from the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife

The 2016 Annual Report from the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is available on the Division's website.

The report contains an overview of each Division bureau or office along with highlights from the year.

The report, along with prior years' reports, can be viewed at .

Monday, January 9, 2017

American Littoral Society Seeks Volunteers


Saturdays, Jan. 28Feb. 25 & Mar. 25
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
8779 Berry Ave,
Port Norris, NJ
Foul weather dates: Sundays Jan. 29Feb. 26 & Mar. 26

The American Littoral Society needs your help to bag shell for two new intertidal reefs to be built in the Delaware Bay this spring. We have the materials in place, but need some helping hands to fill the bags.

The bagged shell will be used at one of the horseshoe crab beach restoration projects along the Delaware Bay. Reefs off those beaches provide calmer waters for horseshoe crab spawning, as well as habitat for juvenile fish and invertebrate species.

The work will take place on the docks of the Maurice River. It will involve cutting and tying bags, filling mesh bags with shells, and stacking the bags. The shell bags will weigh approximately 20 pounds each. The task will be dirty and a bit smelly, so be sure to dress appropriately.

Lunch will be provided for all volunteers.
For more information, please contact Quinn Whitesall at or (856) 825-2174.

Quinn will also be bagging shell on the following Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays (Lunch not provided):

January 24-26
February 1, 2, 7-9, 21-23, 28
March 1, 2, 14-16, 21-23

Bagging will be weather dependent, so please contact Quinn if you plan on attending any of the weekday bagging days.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Running the Long Path: A 350-Mile Journey of Discovery

January 14, 2017 at 1 pm
Running the Long Path:a 350-Mile Journey of Discovery in New York's Hudson Valley
at the Catskill Interpretive Center, Mt. Tremper, NY.

Join Ken Posner for a talk on New York's greatest trail, the 358-mile Long Path which stretches from New York City all the way to Thacher State Park outside Albany, along the way crossing through some of the Hudson Valley's most magical spots including the Palisades, Harriman, Shawangunks, Catskills, and the Schoharie Valley.

 The presentation will feature the history of the Long Path, including the voice of historical figures like Walt Whitman and John Burroughs, landscape images by award-winning photographer Steve Aaron, discussion of planning and gear, and some of Ken's adventures during his 2013 record-setting thru-run of the trail.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Public Meeting About South Jersey Gas Pipeline Project in the Pinelands

January 24, 2017
NJ Pinelands Commission
Public Meeting - South Jersey Gas Pipeline Project  
9:30 am
New Location: Parish Centre, St. Ann's Catholic Church
22 Trenton Road, Browns Mills NJ 08015 
Former location was Ocean Acres Community Center in Manahawkin.