The Panther Branch watershed drains some of New Jersey’s most fertile agricultural crop farm areas. Yet, amidst these farms of cabbage, carrots and cut flowers, a shady forest of black gum, sweet gum, Atlantic white cedar and willow oak naturally buffer the stream sides and associated wetlands. The winding band of woodlands offers an important habitat corridor that resident deer, turkey, and opossum depend upon. This ribbon of trees and heavy shrubs also provide usable nesting and feeding areas for songbirds. Panther Branch Preserve was created in 1992 with a donation of 10 acres. More land donations followed. In 2007, Mr. Steven Fields donated 32 acres of property he owned and enjoys with his family on Panther Branch. Today, 54 acres of forest surrounding Panther Branch are protected habitat, providing clean stream waters, vital ground water recharge, and visitors an opportunity to enjoy the preserve’s natural beauty.
Visitors to Panther Branch Preserve can find posted roadside access along Post Road in Buena Vista Township and New Panther Branch Road and East Chestnut Avenue in Vineland City. No parking areas or maintained hiking trails are available. Hunting is not permitted at this preserve.