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Places We Protect

Minisink Valley Preserve

New Jersey

Minisink Valley Preserve is home to red-headed woodpeckers.
Red-headed woodpecker Minisink Valley Preserve is home to red-headed woodpeckers. © Shutterstock

This densely-forested preserve protects streams of near-pristine water quality.

Overview

Description

In 2007, The Nature Conservancy identified the Minisink area as a particularly important place to protect in order to provide over time a protected lands corridor from High Point State Park and the many other protected lands on the Kittatinny Ridge to the Delaware River. The Kittatinny Ridge is important for migrating raptors and songbirds. The Clove Brook watershed is also home to large wetland meadows.

The first 75-acre purchase was a parcel that had been slated for a strip mall. The second 110-acre purchase contained a gravel mine on an upstream tributary that was affecting water quality downstream in Clove Brook. TNC has reforested the former gravel mine and in turn, reduced erosion and sedimentation downstream. 

Access

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Minisink Valley is open to the public; however, no formal parking area exists.

Size

183 acres

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Visit

Just a mile from the New York-New Jersey border and Interstate 84, the Minisink Preserve is home to the high-quality Clove Brook, which drains into the Neversink River in New York. Hemlock ravines and hillside forests connect the preserve to High Point State Park. The preserve includes a former 10-acre gravel mine that TNC has restored. Red-headed woodpeckers, black bear, and bobcats make their home here. There is currently no public access.

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The Nature Conservancy owns nearly 1,500 preserves covering more than 2.5 million acres across all 50 states. These lands protect wildlife and natural systems, serve as living laboratories for innovative science and connect people to the natural world.

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