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D&R Greenway acquisition creates partial preserve link


D&R Greenway Land Trust has concluded the purchase of a 38-acre land preserve on Van Dyke Road in Hopewell, N.J. Acquisition of property owned by the Maziarz family is situated between two of the land trust’s popular preserves, Cedar Ridge and the vast Sourlands Ecosystem Preserve.

D&R Greenway is now only one property away from linking the two preserves and adding to more than 7 miles of connected trails through the Sourlands.

The purchase raises to 20,903 the total acreage and to 309 the total number of properties permanently preserved by D&R Greenway since its founding 30 years ago. Partners in the project include Mercer County and the New Jersey Green Acres program.

“Creating connections between preserves is a high priority for D&R Greenway. The Maziarz acquisition helps create another wildlife corridor between the region’s biggest preserve, the Sourlands, with one of our earliest preserves, Cedar Ridge, which is used for hiking and birdwatching,” said D&R Greenway CEO Linda Mead. “This land further contributes to the Stony Brook greenway, which is the first greenway project we took on beginning in 1990 with the first property we acquired.”

Securing protection involved subdividing a home that was part of the original property so that it could remain as a private residence.

D&R Greenway’s stewardship team will begin controlling non-native, invasive plant species in order to protect natural forest regeneration.