July 2016

We preserved of one of the largest remaining parcels of privately owned land in Bergen County!

This 46-acre property will be owned and managed by The Land Conservancy of New Jersey as the new Ramapo Mountain Preserve. This forested property is adjacent to the Ramapo County Reservation and is part of a mosaic of 12,000 acres of publicly owned wild lands in Mahwah, Oakland, Ringwood, Pompton Lakes, and Wanaque. The new Preserve provides habitat for rare and endangered species and features beautiful views of the New York City skyline.

“We are very excited to complete another land preservation project in the Ramapo Mountains, the first one that we will own and manage,” said The Land Conservancy President, David Epstein. “We could not have completed this project without our many wonderful partners, including our friends at Toyota who loaned us a four wheel drive truck to remove debris from the property, neighbors who helped us clean up, and Mahwah Township, which allowed us to access their recycling center for the project. We are deeply indebted to each of you.”

A variety of partners were instrumental in helping to plan and fund this important acquisition. Funding was provided by the New Jersey Green Acres program and the Bergen County Open Space Trust Fund as well as the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, Fyke Nature Association and The Land Conservancy. Private funding was provided by donors Robert C. Ross and Rod Ryan which was crucial in helping complete the transaction.

“It is interesting to note that this property is near the old Hoeferlein Trail between New Jersey’s Ringwood State Park and the Ramapo Torne in Harriman State Park. In addition to acquiring a beautiful tract of land, we expect to use this parcel to resurrect the decades-old route between New Jersey and New York,” said Ed Goodell, Executive Director of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. “I would like to thank Bergen County for their generous contribution to this effort and of course the New Jersey voters that have consistently voted to support open space funding for acquisitions such as this.”

The Land Conservancy will work closely with our partners at the Trail Conference to develop a parking area and hiking trail that will provide visitors the opportunity to connect to a vast network of trails in New Jersey and may one day connect over the border to Harriman State Park in New York.

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