Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association Conserves 20 Acres

Education Director Jeff Hoagland

The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association recently purchased nearly 20 acres on the Mount Rose Ridge from the Hopewell Veterinary Group. The June 21 land acquisition expands the Watershed Reserve now to 950 acres. This 19.4-acre parcel is on the north slope of the Mount Rose Ridge and is in an area zoned to preserve some of the most environmentally sensitive and biologically diverse habitat in Hopewell Township.

Jim Waltman, Executive Director of the Watershed, said the property acquisition was two years in the making. The property, which is contiguous to the Watershed Reserve, is characterized by mature forest and a dense understory of native plants.

The Watershed received funding for this purchase from the New Jersey Green Acres Program, Mercer County Open Space Fund and the New Jersey Conservation Foundation’s Franklin Parker Grants Program.

“We appreciate the confidence our funding partners have in us,” Waltman said. “This acquisition expands the natural habitat protected by our Watershed Reserve.”

The vet group retained about six acres, including its veterinary hospital and parking lots, of the original 26.2-acre parcel.

Waltman said this project is an example of what may become a more common strategy for land conservation: the Watershed subdivided the natural lands from the existing buildings and parking area.

“Moving forward, I believe that many more conservation projects that non-profits and governments do in New Jersey will involve this kind of ’conservation subdivision,’” Waltman said.


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  1. What would we do without an amazing organization like the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed. I hope they acquire another 1K acres and keep the underground gas pipelines out of our state. We need more Solar, Wind & Geothermal energy sources, not backwards (Trump) thinking fossil fuel infrastructure. I live in a Solar powered house and it’s wonderful and my roof makes me thousands of dollars just soaking up the beautiful sun! Please look into solar panels for your home if you have not already done so. There is a plan for everyone. You do not have to be wealthy to have smart clean energy. A little knowledge goes a long way!

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