Thanks to the New Jersey Green Acres program, with the assistance of The Land Conservancy of New Jersey, the bobcats, wood turtles, barred owls, great blue herons, and other wildlife who inhabit 40 acres that abut Jenny Jump State Forest in Warren County, don’t need to worry about development encroaching on their habitat. On February 6, the state acquired the Mozell property in Hope Township.
The Mozell property adjoins Jenny Jump State Forest along 2,000 feet of its westerly boundary line, and fits the park like a missing puzzle piece. The acreage contains a mature deciduous hardwood forest, pockets of wetlands, and an unnamed tributary to Beaver Brook, which flows through the western portion of the property.
“It’s always exciting to be able to preserve relatively untouched land, that adds to an existing state forest,” said Sandy Urgo, Vice President of Land Preservation for The Land Conservancy of New Jersey. “We are grateful to the Mozell family for their willingness to preserve their parent’s property, and to our friends at New Jersey Green Acres who did all of the heavy lifting.”