Five OSI-supported acquisitions help The Land Conservancy of New Jersey establish the Yards Creek Preserve
The forests of Yards Creek in northwestern New Jersey are a special place. Stunningly beautiful and brimming with wildlife, the land also serves a purpose unnoticed to hikers and other forest explorers – filtering water as it collects and feeds local reservoirs.
Knowing the importance of protecting this critical but fragile landscape, The Land Conservancy of New Jersey, with support from the Open Space Institute, set its sights on creating a 1,000-acre local nature preserve to guarantee its protection into the future. Over the past four years, the Conservancy has been acquiring properties in the forested headwaters of the Paulins Kill River in Blairstown Township.
It hasn’t been easy. There were many parcels, negotiations with landowners took time, and the need to secure contiguous tracts made the task of assembling land for the creation of the preserve particularly challenging.