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Hillsborough: Volunteers Needed for Trail Maintenance at Sourland Mountain Preserve

Volunteers are needed to maintain trails at Washington Valley Park and the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Credits: Courtesy Somerset County Park Commission

 

 

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission Rangers and the Volunteer Park Patrol are seeking volunteers to assist with trail maintenance projects at the Sourland Mountain Preserve off East Mountain Road on several dates through the end of the year.

With the cooperation of the Jersey Off Road Bicycling Association, (county park rangers and volunteers are also needed for projects at Washington Valley Park off Newman’s Lane in Bridgewater.

The mission of JORBA is to provide a regular maintenance regimen in order to maintain trail conditions to the highest standards possible.

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The Sourland Mountain Preserve is 4,000 acres of passive recreation that offer hiking, bouldering, mountain biking, birding, and horseback riding. It is rich in natural resources with a variety of stream corridors, geologic outcrops, and an ecological preserve that provides a core habitat for a diversity of plant and animal species.

Washington Valley Park is a 719-acre passive recreation facility that lies along the First Watchung Ridge. The park contains the former 21-acre Bound Brook Elizabethtown Reservoir that is the focal point of the park’s seven miles network of trails. Washington Valley Park offers hiking, mountain biking, and hawk watching. The Park is known as among the premier mountain biking sites in the east.

The maintenance schedule:

Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 6 p.m. at Washington Valley Park;

Saturday, Aug.26 at 9 a.m. at Sourland Mountain Preserve;

Saturday, Sept.16 at 9 a.m. at Sourland Mountain Preserve;

Saturday, Oct.7 at 9 a.m. at Washington Valley Park;

Saturday, Oct. 21 at 9a.m. at Washington Valley Park;

Saturday, Nov. 4 at 9 a.m. at Sourland Mountain Preserve;

Saturday, Nov. 18 at 9 a.m. at Washington Valley Park;

Saturday, Dec. 2 at 9 a.m. at Washington valley Park.

For details call 908-231-0802, ext. 21 or www.somersetcountyparks.org. For cancellations due to weather call 908-285-3800.

 

 

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