Musconetcong River Valley
Musconetcong River Valley
The Musconetcong River Valley features an outstanding diversity of farms, hamlets, villages and secluded natural areas. The Musconetcong is a boundary waterway that flows through Morris, Sussex, Hunterdon and Warren Counties. A major tributary of the Delaware River flowing through the environmentally sensitive New Jersey Highlands, the Musconetcong is an important source of drinking water.
The river corridor offers important habitat for many threatened, endangered and rare wildlife species. The Musconetcong also provides excellent recreational opportunities including hiking, canoeing, camping, nature study and particularly fishing, with the river and many tributaries supporting naturally reproducing trout populations. Beautiful scenic views can be enjoyed of the river valley, Highlands and Kittatinny ridges, and Delaware Water Gap.
The deep, rich limestone soils make the area an exceptionally significant farmland region in New Jersey. But the same characteristics make the Musconetcong Valley very susceptible to suburban sprawl since developers often prefer well-drained soils, which are ideal for septic systems.
New Jersey Conservation Foundation received funding from the State Farmland Preservation Program to preserve land in the Musconetcong Valley of Warren County, one of the largest areas of prime agricultural soils in the Highlands.
New Jersey Conservation Foundation is continually looking for opportunities to preserve land in the Musconetcong River Valley project area.
Recently, New Jersey Conservation has helped preserve:
- A 62-acre farm on Cemetery Hill Road in Washington Township, Warren County
- A 140-acre farm in Stewartsville, Warren County
- A 54-acre farm in Greenwich Township, Warren County
- A 57-acre farm in Asbury, Warren County
New Jersey Highlands
The New Jersey Highlands region stretches from eastern Pennsylvania through New Jersey and New York to northwestern Connecticut, forming a vital linkage between the Berkshires and the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Highlands form a greenbelt of forest and farmland around the New York metropolitan area and provide fresh air, natural areas and recreational opportunities for millions of residents of the greater New Jersey metropolitan area. NJCF’s publication The New Jersey Highlands: Treasures at Risk detailed the importance of preserving the region’s forests, fields and wetlands.
With over 1,300 square miles in the northwest part of the state, the Highlands stretch from Phillipsburg in the southwest to Ringwood in the northeast and lies within portions of seven counties (Bergen, Hunterdon, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex and Warren), including 88 municipalities that are home for more than 750,000 people. The Highlands’ diverse natural communities are important statewide. With extensive forests, wetlands, rivers and streams, over 70 percent of the Highlands are environmentally sensitive while providing water supply for more than half of New Jersey’s families – over 5.2 million people.
To learn more about New Jersey Conservation Foundation’s preservation efforts in the Highlands, please contact Ingrid Vandegaer, Highlands Regional Manager, at email@example.com or 1-888-LAND-SAVE (1-888-526-3728). For information on New Jersey Conservation Foundation’s public policy initiatives in the Highlands, please contact Wilma Frey, Highlands Project Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-888-LAND-SAVE (1-888-526-3728).
By Michele S. Byers,