D&R Greenway and Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space (FoHVOS) announced this week newly preserved land south of the Woosamonsa Ridge Preserve. Woosamonsa Ridge was dedicated in 2018, fortified this year with trails and signage, and now this joint preservation project will permanently protect 50 more acres of rolling farm fields and woodlands along the FoHVOS Jacobs Creek Trail.
Tony and Patti Cifelli enjoyed more than 30 years on their beloved farm where they raised two children and Patti rode her horses. Upon retirement to a warmer climate, the couple placed a conservation and public access easement on the land before selling the permanently preserved land to their son, Pete. Happy family memories will continue on their favorite sledding hill, surrounded by protected open space.
“As the holidays approach, we are most grateful for landowners like Tony and Patti Cifelli who choose to leave a green legacy by preserving their land for all generations to come. This gift of preservation protects clean water, wildlife habitat and scenic views from future trails through the stunning woodlands!” said Linda Mead, President & CEO of D&R Greenway
The property is located south of Woosamonsa Road, extending to Pennington-Harbourton Road. The streamside woodland with oaks, black walnut, red maple, majestic beech trees, and Christmas ferns provides habitat for salamanders and songbirds, hawks and barred owls.
“This property abuts the FoHVOS Jacobs Creek Trail. We are very excited to work with D&R Greenway to extend access to such beautiful features to the public,” said Lisa Wolff, FoHVOS Executive Director.
Jacob’s Creek begins to the north on Woosamonsa Ridge Preserve, flowing through this land to the Delaware River – the 2020 American River of the Year.
Submitted by D&R Greenway and Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space