A milestone year for The Land Conservancy of NJ

May 12, 2011
Cindy Forrest
Neighbor News (Montville Edition)


A milestone year for The Land Conservancy of NJ



Conservancy Executive Director David Epstein and his staff, along with members of the New York/New Jersey Trail Conference, co-hosted the first of a series of 30th anniversary celebrations recently at the Ramsey Outdoor Store in Succasauna to celebrate the release of a new hiking trail map called Jersey Highlands: Central North Region Trail Map.

The new map is the first produced by the Trail Conference in 11 years. It is being sponsored by the Conservancy with funds raised in memory of Marty Donofrio, an avid hiker and long-time Conservancy supporter who passed away in 2007. The new two-map set shows marked hiking trails throughout the central part of the New Jersey Highlands, including parks such as Farny State Park, Pyramid Mountain, High Mountain Park Preserve, Allamuchy Mountain State Park, and Mahlon Dickerson Reservation.

Fifteen years ago the Conservancy, headquartered in Montville, partnered with the Trail Conference to develop a 50-mile system of trails known as the Farny Highlands Trail Network. The Conservancy has since preserved thousands of acres in the region that today host new trails.

"We thank the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation for its early support of this effort and The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference for printing this map that will make all of this wonderful open space more accessible to the public," said Epstein. "The Land Conservancy also salutes the many trails community volunteers who provided valuable input for the maps and building the trails."

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