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Hemlock Ridge Preserve

The Hemlock Ridge Preserve was purchased March 2009 by the Ridge and Valley Conservancy.   Located in the Upper Delaware Watershed Management Area (WMA – 1) in Blairstown, NJ, the preserve is a 146 acre Limestone Forest.   The property consists of a mature, diverse deciduous hardwood forest with dense stands of Canadian hemlock atop limestone.  The Rock limestone prominences on the property give a dramatic view of the Paulins Kill Valley.  Ridge and Valley took ownership of the property which has a network of hiking trails formerly used for forestry.  The ONRR contributed $12,000 towards the purchase from two natural resource damage settlements (Hope Auto Care and Thomas and Betts) also located in WMA-1.      

Due to a discharge from two leaking underground storage tanks at the Hope Auto Care Facility in Hope Township, Warren County, a natural resource damage settlement was finalized for a groundwater plume that impacted two private potable wells.  The balance of funding for the preserve was from the Thomas & Betts (Washington Twp/Morris County) settlement which also injured groundwater.  The preserve provides good groundwater recharge while offering the public a scenic place for hiking and bird watching.  
  

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Posting trail signs at
Hemlock Ridge Preserve

 

 

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