Why the Conservancy Selected This Site
The unusual geology of the area hosts a number of plant species that are unusual in New Jersey. The Muckshaw Preserve protects one of the best remaining spots for these plant communities. Muckshaw Preserve is nestled within a landscape of many family farms, and the Conservancy works with a farmer to sustainably farm lands on the edges of the preserve. Protection of this site is important for providing a buffer between agricultural areas and sensitive plant communities.
What the Conservancy Has Done/Is Doing
Recently, the Conservancy constructed the southern, steepest portion of the trail system with significant help from Pass It Along youth volunteers. A kiosk at the trailhead contains newly-developed brochures that map the color-coded trails and provide additional information about the preserve. Deer hunting occurs at the preserve. The Conservancy has reforested former agricultural fields.