Why the Conservancy Selected This Site
This part of northwestern New Jersey is still home to extensive forests, clean cold-water streams, and species that need room to roam like bobcats and fishers. The Blair Creek Nature Preserve helps form an uninterrupted greenway with the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and other protected forested lands. The preserve protects the headwaters of Blair Creek which, in turn, helps provide the clean waters needed for trout fishing and drinking water downstream.
What the Conservancy Has Done/Is Doing
The original 480-acre purchase was completed by a partnership of the Ridge and Valley Conservancy, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and The Nature Conservancy. The Conservancy continues to actively purchase nearby lands to add to the preserve.
To help protect the forest, the Conservancy works with a local hunting club to reduce deer numbers to sustainable levels. Conservancy staff is conducting studies using small deer exclosures to better understand forest and deer interactions.