Year End Fund Raising Appeal

Our 2015 year end fund raising appeal was a huge success! Thank you so much to all our new and returning contributors. We couldn’t do what we do with out you.

Two New Properties Preserved

The township recently acquired a 7.86-acre piece of land at the north end of Hollow Road, and straddling Rock Brook, Montgomery’s cleanest stream. Once occupied by two homes which are now demolished, the land has been vacant for some time and the forest has grown back. Long ago Rock Brook was used for water power and the remains of a dam can be seen in the stream as a picturesque little waterfall. Montgomery Friends of Open Space hopes to see a driveway with a few parking places for visitors and hikers, and a picnic table or park bench near the stream. A pathway may be constructed through this property and could someday become a link in a trail along the Rock Brook from the northern township boundary and extending south and east toward Skillman Park. Montgomery Friends of Open Space contributed a grant of approximately $100k from Green Acres toward the purchase of this property.

We closed on a second property at the end of June. MFOS has partnered with Montgomery Township and Somerset County to purchase an easement for a development rights to the 29.45-acre farm on Mountain View Road owned by Johan and Emily Firmenich. The farm is surrounded by preserved farmland and other preserved land, plus the family home. In addition, a two-acre lot has been designated for possible future construction of a farmhouse. MFOS contributed a grant from the State Agriculture Development Committee of almost $250,000 for half the purchase price of the easement. The farm will continue to be owned and run by the Firmenich family. Though it will not be open to the public, we hope you will drive past this newly preserved farmland and appreciate the lovely view.

First Sundays in the Park

Sunday, February 7, 2016
The Healing Power of Nature Рwith Terry Lymch 237 Mountain View Road, Princeton : 10am

Stress and anxiety can be overwhelming, however studies show that just stepping outside can do a body good. The power of the sun, the briskness of the breeze, and a sharp intake of air connects us to our surroundings, grounds us and restores us.

Terry Lynch has been associated with the New Jersey Sierra Club for many years. She brings her personal experiences and love for the outdoors to this walk.

Dress warmly and wear appropriate footwear. Inclement weather cancels the event.

Sunday, March 1, 2016
Life in our Streams – with Erin Struve: Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association
Time and Place TBA

As part of the science department at the Watershed, Erin conducts research on the Stony Brook-Millstone watershed. She has extensive knowledge of our local streams and rivers, the life they hold, and how human activity affects them. Erin will talk about these topics as well as the work that the Watershed Association has done in the area.