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.