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Conservation Management Area (CMA)

Aerial photo of Conservation Area

Photo by Paul Steck

In 1998, with the help of many volunteers, GSWA began the work of ecological restoration at a 23-acre site in Harding Township. To improve public access, hundreds of yards of trails have been cleared and boardwalks have been put in over marshy areas. The restoration goal is to reduce the number of invasive plant species on the site and to increase the number and diversity of native species. The area serves as an educational tool to inform area students and other residents about the need for, and importance of, ecological restoration on land throughout the watershed. Ecological restoration projects on six of the 23 acres within the area demonstrate the impact of invasive species on this ecosystem, different techniques for removing invasive species, encouraging re-growth of native species, how stream banks can be stabilized and restored, and how homeowners can implement these techniques on their own property. We are also experimenting with a variety of deer control techniques.

We invite you to enjoy the natural beauty of the CMA on Tiger Lily Lane at your leisure. And if you’d like to plan a group hike and guided tour, please contact Hazel England, GSWA’s Land Steward, at hazele@greatswamp.org.

 

Take a Visual Tour of the CMA

August Natural Events at the CMA (pdf)

 

Praying Mantis on Cardinal Flower, photo by Blaine Rothauser

Praying Mantis on Cardinal Flower
Photo by Blaine Rothauser

Directions to the CMA:

Coming via I-287 North. Get off at exit 33 (Harter Road). At end of exit ramp, turn right on Tiger Lily Lane. Go to end of cul-de-sac.

Coming via I-287 South. Get off at exit 33 (Harter Road). At end of exit ramp, turn right over highway, turn right at Lutheran church on Tiger Lily Lane. Go to end of cul-de-sac.

From Morristown. Take South Street to light at James Street. Proceed west on James Street 3.5 miles to traffic light at Harter Road. Turn right, then left at Lutheran church onto Tiger Lily Lane. Go to end of cul-de-sac.

Please park head-on in the bulb of cul-de-sac at the end of the street. Proceed through to the trail and look for maps/guides in the mail box at the far end of the bridge. Wear appropriate clothing and watch your step! Please stay on the trails for your safety. Dogs on leash are welcome. Trails are open dawn to dusk.


 

Art Fenske and Joan Fisher

Bench Dedicated to Helen Fenske

Art Fenske and former Executive Director Joan Fisher at the October 22, 2007, dedication of a bench in the CMA to the late Helen Fenske. The environmental advocate, later Assistant Commissioner in the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, is credited with leading the charge to prevent the Great Swamp from being developed into a regional airport in the 1960s.


 

 

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Conservation Management Area volunteers

PowerPoint file with a list of plant and animal species seen in the Conservation Management Area.

Natural Events happening at the CMA (pdfs):

Pictures of CMA on April 16, 2007, after the Nor’easter