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 throughout the year.

With the cooperation of the Jersey Off Road Bicycling Association, (JORBA), Rangers and volunteers will be performing trail maintenance at the Sourland Mountain Preserve off East Mountain Road and Washington Valley Park off Newman’s Lane in Bridgewater, New Jersey.

The mission of the group 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 opportunities including 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 in Bridgewater Township. 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, July 26 at 6 p.m. at Sourland Mountain Preserve

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 9 a.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.