D&R Greenway Land Trust announces ten wooded acres of Hopewell Permanently preserved as a commemorative heirloom
Princeton: Just in time for Memorial Day 2021, D&R Greenway announces yet another preservation success with the acquisition of 10 acres of land owned by Nutan Singh in Hopewell, New Jersey. In December 2020, the Land Trust purchased a conservation easement on this same land, dedicated for preservation by Nutan Singh in memory of her late husband, Anil. After completing a subdivision of the residential property conservation land, in May 2021, D&R Greenway purchased the lightweight land to expand its Woods Brook reserve. D&R Greenway now owns this property which permanently protects both sides of Stony Creek in this scenic area.
With the new addition of the Singh property, D&R Greenway’s Woods Brook Reserve is expanded to 40 acres. The neighboring lands permanently preserved by D&R Greenway – its Olcott Reservation across Stony Brook Road and its popular Cedar Ridge Reservation on the north side of Highway 518 in Hopewell – extend the contiguous preserved lands in this area, bordering the Sourlands, at 345 acres.
Owner Nutan Singh fondly remembers her husband’s love for his garden and for being outside in the woods near Stony Creek. She recounts how her husband Anil built a small stone “oven” and how they would sit together by Stony Creek to enjoy tea.
In a letter to Linda Mead, CEO and President of D&R Greenway, Nutan talks about the preservation process and her memories of Anil: “As I have been working with you and your team for a year, I am truly amazed at your passion and your dynamism. to carry out this noble work of preserving the earth. Likewise, with my husband Anil, I witnessed the same passion for the land and natural beauty. He came from India to pursue his dream. With a background in agricultural and mechanical engineering, his graduate research at Rutgers focused on blueberries, from farming to harvest. After moving into this property, he found his true vocation, that of living on a farm. Anil’s obsession with farms and farm machinery was evident to all of our family and friends. We harvested potatoes, green beans, okra, bitter melon and hot peppers for years in the garden, while growing winter wheat and rye.
“Needless to say, he lived happily on this property and spent most of his time outdoors enjoying the natural beauty and wildlife it offers. Many times he would say he doesn’t need to live in a house, he can just pitch a tent on the shore of Stony Brook (now part of the reserve) and live there forever! Thank you again to D&R Greenway for making this event a memorable one for my family, friends and community.
Since its founding in 1989, D&R Greenway’s primary mission has been to save land that protects water quality throughout central New Jersey. Lands with wooded areas along waterways filter pollutants before they reach the water, protecting drinking water for people and animals. Singh Land permanently protects 770 feet along the shores of Stony Creek. A tributary flowing into Stony Creek on this land protects another 720 foot stream. Funding for the fresh acquisition of the 10 acres was provided by D&R Greenway’s Land for Life Revolving Fund.
Native species of plants, wildlife and birds benefit from preservation. Singh’s forests include habitat for migratory birds and endangered New Jersey species, such as the barred owl, Cooper’s hawk, wood thrush, dewormer, Kentucky warbler, and wood turtle. This forest is made up of hickory, red maple, oak, tulip poplar, American beech and sycamore, along with fragrant spices, first to burst with tiny chartreuse flowers in spring. This shrub is essential to the life cycle of the spice swallowtail.
Linda Mead, who as CEO of the Land Trust takes care of the mission of the Land Trust, “Preserve and care for the earth; inspiring an ethic of conservation ”, has this to say about this new acquisition: “We are delighted to announce this vital connection to D & R-Greenway’s favorite unspoiled lands nearby. Singh Woods will continue to be alive with the songs of birds. Nutan, in memory of her husband Anil, created a green legacy that will live on for generations to come.
D&R Greenway Land Trust, an accredited nonprofit organization, has saved over 21,000 acres of land in New Jersey since its founding in 1989. Preserving land for life and creating public trails gives everyone the opportunity to enjoy the great air. The land trust’s preserved farms and community gardens provide local organic food to neighbors, including those in need. The strategic conservation and stewardship of D&R Greenway lands combats climate change, protects wildlife and ensures clean drinking water for future generations. D&R Greenway’s mission is to connect the earth with people from all walks of life. D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center, home to its art galleries in Princeton, is closed to the public to ensure health and safety due to COVID.
Our outdoor paths and labyrinth are open. Visit our Facebook and Instagram pages and www.drgreenway.org to learn more about the organization’s latest news and virtual programs. D&R Greenway Land Trust, One Preservation Place, Princeton NJ, 08540. The best way to contact D&R Greenway staff during the COVID pandemic is by email or by calling D&R Greenway at 609-578-7470.
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