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New Sign at Bordentown Beach Highlights Community Connections

From left—D&R Greenway Land Trust President & CEO Linda Mead, Bordentown City Mayor James Lynch, Joel Dowshen of the Abbott Marshlands Council, and Kay Widmer, representing Friends of the Abbott Marshlands, welcome a new sign at Bordentown Beach that signals community partnerships.

 

Princeton, N.J.— As part of its new “Community Conservation” initiative, in recognition of all the beneficiaries of land preservation, D&R Greenway is developing interpretive signage to communicate the history, educational assets and connectivity of the trails and places of interest along the Abbott Marshlands. Four new signs are planned, thanks to funding from the William Penn Foundation.

 

The first sign was recently installed at Bordentown Beach in the Abbott Marshlands. The totem design lists collaborators and is surrounded by three previously installed interpretive signs, created by the Friends of the Abbott Marshlands. The sign helps to promote the use of the Circuit Trails, Tulpehaking Nature Center and the TravelStorys app.

 

“D&R Greenway’s expertise lies in maximizing existing partnerships and building new partnerships at all levels—State Government, County Government, Municipal Government, corporations, community groups, nonprofit organizations and individuals,” says President & CEO Linda Mead. “D&R Greenway has acted as the leader to bring all these groups together to understand the importance of connecting communities and merging resources to do so. The signage will also acknowledge the perseverance and volunteer work of key community people, those who ultimately protect and care for our watershed with boots on the ground.

 

D&R Greenway has worked with Mercer and Burlington Counties to make the Abbott Marshlands and the Circuit Trails the robust community asset it is today. D&R Greenway has been working toward preservation and stewardship of the Abbott Marshlands for 25 years.

 

An oasis of natural beauty, the Abbott Marshlands is a unique urban wetland where osprey, marsh wrens, and many kinds of butterflies and dragonflies live.  The occasional beluga whale and harp seal have been sighted. Human visitors, in addition to students on field trips, include hikers, cyclists, bird watchers, canoeists and kayakers, fishers and hunters, and photographers and artists. Their experiences are enhanced by offerings at the Tulpehaking Nature Center that was created by Mercer County in partnership with D&R Greenway and the NJ Green Acres Program. The new TravelStorys apps provide paddling and walking tours, along with 15 new signs with trail maps.

 

Released in 2017, the TravelStorys app enables a visitor to imagine making a journey back in time, navigating Crosswicks Creek in the Abbott Marshlands, visiting the bluffs that witnessed Lenape Indian life, early English settlers and French royalty. App users can hear the sounds of a railroad, summer insects and the call of an osprey as they learn about key events that shifted the course of American history.

 

The Circuit Trails is a regional network of hundreds of miles of multi-use trails in the Greater Philadelphia region. D&R Greenway has extended the connections to the Greater Trenton area. When complete the Circuit Trails will include 750 miles of multi-use paths for cyclists, walkers, runners, commuters and families for recreation and active transportation. Plans are underway to connect the Tulpehaking Nature Center, Abbott Marshlands and the Lawrence Hopewell Trail to the Circuit network.

 

The project is funded by the William Penn Foundation.  D&R Greenway Land Trust and the Tulpehaking Nature Center are members of the Alliance for Watershed Education, a group of 23 nature centers funded by the William Penn Foundation who cooperate to bring educational programs to the public with a goal of protecting natural resources of the Delaware River watershed.  Over 15 million people get their drinking water from the Delaware River watershed.

 

Visit D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton, to learn more about land preservation in central New Jersey - www.drgreenway.org.

 

D&R GREENWAY LAND TRUST IS IN ITS 30TH YEAR of preserving and protecting natural lands, farmlands and open spaces throughout central and southern New Jersey. Through continuous preservation and stewardship -- caring for land and easements to ensure they remain protected and ecologically healthy in perpetuity -- D&R Greenway nurtures a healthier and more diverse environment for people and wild species in seven counties. Accredited by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission, D&R Greenway’s mission is to preserve and care for land and inspire a conservation ethic, now and for the future. Since its founding in 1989, D&R Greenway has permanently preserved more than 20,000 acres, an area 20 times the size of New York City’s Central Park, including 30 miles of trails open to the public.

The Johnson Education Center, a circa 1900 restored barn at One Preservation Place, Princeton, is D&R Greenway’s home. Through programs, art exhibits and related lectures, D&R Greenway inspires greater public commitment to safeguarding land. 

 

 

 

 

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