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Mount Rose Preserve in Hopewell to be dedicated on June 3

Public invited to hike on newly-completed Forest Trail

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/ 05/24/17

New Jersey Conservation Foundation
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HOPEWELL TWP. - The new Mount Rose Preserve on Carter Road will be officially dedicated on Saturday, June 3, with a ribbon-cutting, unveiling of an information kiosk, and hikes on a new trail.

Representatives of New Jersey Conservation Foundation and more than a dozen partners who worked cooperatively to preserve the property will be on hand to welcome the public from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"Fittingly, we're dedicating the Mount Rose Preserve on National Trails Day, a day when people all over America head outdoors to explore trails in their communities," said Michele S. Byers, executive director of New Jersey Conservation Foundation. "We look forward to introducing the Mount Rose Preserve and its newly-completed trails to residents of Mercer County and beyond, and we hope it's a resource they'll use often."

The day will begin at 10:15 a.m. with remarks from representatives of government entities and nonprofit organizations who pooled their resources in 2015 to preserve the 320-acre property, a former corporate office park.

Representatives of the state Green Acres Program, Mercer County, Hopewell Township, New Jersey Conservation Foundation, Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space, Hopewell Valley Citizens Group, Hopewell Borough, Pennington Borough, Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association and Lawrence Hopewell Trail Association are expected to speak about the unique genesis of the preserve and the partnership that made it possible.

Other partners will be recognized, including Lawrence Township, the D&R Greenway Land Trust and Princeton. Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony and kiosk unveiling, refreshments will be served and guests will have an opportunity to sign the trail register.

Starting at around 11:30 a.m., naturalists will lead hikes along the newly-completed 2.5-mile Forest Trail loop through the preserve.

Representatives of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail Association will also introduce guests to the newly-built link connecting the Forest Trail to the northern loop of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail, a 30-mile regional trail system for walkers and bicyclists.

Members of the public who wish to attend the dedication and hikes can park in the lot across the street from the office building at 350 Carter Road. Advance registration is not required.

The Mount Rose property was originally developed in the 1950s as a multi-building Western Electric/AT&T corporate campus, and most recently belonged to Equus Capital Partners. Equus and its predecessor, Berwind Property Group, proposed to develop the property for more than 800,000 square feet of commercial space.

Had the land not been preserved, the development would have added up to 4,000 vehicles a day to rural Carter Road.
Instead of new development, the land is now a new park. An abandoned conference center on the property was demolished in 2016, and the new trail was blazed by the Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space and volunteers.

The Mount Rose Preserve is owned and managed by New Jersey Conservation Foundation, Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space, Hopewell Township, and Mercer County. This land was preserved by these partners along with Hopewell Valley Citizen's Group Inc., NJ Green Acres Program, Stony-Brook Millstone Watershed Association, Hopewell Borough, Pennington Borough, Friends of Princeton Open Space, D&R Greenway Land Trust, Lawrence Township, and Princeton.

The Preserve is part of a corridor of preserved farmland and open space between Hopewell Valley and the Sourland Mountains that provides habitat for many threatened and endangered species.

For more information about the Mount Rose Preserve or the dedication ceremony, contact Kathleen Ward at Kathleen@njconservation.org or 908-997-0723.

New Jersey Conservation Foundation is a private nonprofit that preserves land and natural resources throughout New Jersey for the benefit of all. Since 1960, New Jersey Conservation has protected over 125,000 acres of open space - from the Highlands to the Pine Barrens to the Delaware Bayshore, from farms to forests to urban and suburban parks. For more information about the Foundation's programs and preserves, go to www.njconservation.org or call 1-888-LAND-SAVE (1-888-526-3728).

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