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Forest Regeneration in South Mountain Reservation
The Rahway River Association, in cooperation with Seton Hall University, the South Mountain Conservancy and the New Jersey Conservation Foundation's 16th Annual Land Conservation Rally, will be sponsoring a field trip to Essex County's South Mountain Reservation on Friday, March 9 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The trip will be an easy walking tour to observe some of the deer enclosures that are at the heart of regenerating the forest understory. Dr. Marian Glenn, RRA Board Member, Forest Ecologist and Co-Director of Environmental Studies at Seton Hall University, will describe the history and on-going efforts of this long-term project in ecological restoration undertaken by Essex County Parks Department with volunteer support organized by the South Mountain Conservancy. The project employs both professional and volunteer efforts to manage the deer herd by annual culling, construction of numerous exclosures, planting native species and removing invasive species. The South Mountain Reservation, established in 1895, is the largest park in Essex County. Located in central Essex County, the park covers over 2000 acres in three municipalities--West Orange, Millburn and Maplewood. The park includes 19 miles of trails and carriage roads, historic sites, a zoo, ice arena, and part of the Rahway River.
Registration is required and space is limited. The $20 fee includes lunch. Please register by March 5. For more information, and to register, visit http://njconservation.org/conservationrally.htm or contact email@example.com.
|Where||South Mountain Reservation 112 Glenview Rd, South Orange, NJ 07079|
|Next on||This event is over.|
|Time||10:00 am–2:00 pm|
|Who to bring||Everyone|
|Price||$20 (includes lunch)|
More About South Mountain Reservation
South Mountain Reservation is run by the Essex County government and is located in Maplewood, Millburn and West Orange. Residents from the entire area take advantage of the trails and waterways in the park and there is also Turtleback Zoo, which is located in the West Orange section of the park. Picnic areas dot the park and there are horseback riding trails. Additionally, there's a dog park with sections for large and small dogs.
One of the main access points to the park in Millburn is at the intersection of Glen Avenue and Lackawanna Place, with limited parking available inside the park. There are also access points along Brookside Drive, although no parking lots are available. Maplewood residents can access the park via South Orange and Sagamore Road.
The South Mountain Conservancy provides information and maps for the park. Additionally, it leads trail walks and hosts clean-ups and trail improvement projects.