Monday, March 1, 2010

Hudson Farm Greenway in Sussex County

A recent report in The Star-Ledger reports good environmental news for Northern New Jersey.

A 222-acre tract in Byram Township (Sussex County) has been preserved for $4.2 million with an agreement that included the Land Conservancy of New Jersey, Green Acres program, New Jersey Conservation Foundation, Byram Township and the Sussex County Open Space Committee.

The Conservancy was part of a four-year effort to permanently save the Hudson Farm Greenway tract for natural and recreation purposes, including ballfields and trails.

The Hudson Farm Greenway tract includes mature forest, Johnson Lake, existing hiking trails and a scenic ridgeline that overlooks Cranberry Lake. It creates a greenway corridor that Johnson Park with Allamuchy State Park. The nearby Highlands Trail may also be re-routed through the new greenway.

New Jersey preserved 332 acres of hiking, natural, agricultural lands in the past year including:

First Time Fen: 54 acres, Green Township - greenway linking the Whittingham Wildlife Management Area to the Pequest River Blueway.

Mayapple Hill Extension: 11.2 acres, West Orange - now part of South Mountain Reservation.

Lake Iliff Access: 13.5 acres, Andover Township

Pompton River Walk: 0.43 acres, Pequannock

Polowy farm: 140 acres, Frelinghuysen

New Village Road Natural Area: 109 acres, Greenwich Township

Miller-Kingsland Historic Park: 2.81 acres, Boonton

Horseshoe Lake Athletic Complex: 0.63 acres, Roxbury

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