Your Input is Needed on the Future Management of the Princeton Ridge

The Princeton Ridge East Conservation Area Partnership is developing a comprehensive stewardship plan. Input from the public is essential to manage this vital natural area, which now includes 600 acres of protected lands.

A simple online survey seeks feedback on land stewardship, forms of recreation to be permitted, and essential facilities. Please complete the online survey by November 30, 2013!

Fritillary on native Butterfly Weed flowers

Fritillary on native Butterfly Weed flowers

The Princeton Ridge is a unique ecological area in Mercer County that extends westward from the Millstone River and the Delaware & Raritan (D&R) Canal State Park across the northern part of Princeton Township into Hopewell.

For more than 50 years, the Ridge’s forest and wetland habitats have been identified as among the most important and environmentally sensitive areas in the region. Its mature forests are home to numerous endangered and threatened species, among them the Wood Turtle, Eastern Box Turtle, Cooper’s Hawk and Barred Owl.

The Princeton Ridge’s 1,800 acres are being managed by Princeton Township, Mercer County, D&R Greenway Land Trust, Friends of Princeton Open Space, New Jersey Conservation Foundation and Stony Brook – Millstone Watershed Association. The Princeton Ridge East Conservation Area Partnership offers a map of this newly defined Conservation Area, so critical to native species, on the Princeton Township website.