Hill / Stow Creek
New Jersey, bordered by the Delaware River/Bay & the Atlantic
New Jersey Conservation Foundation’s Burden Hill project area is located in the Delaware Bay Watershed
region, which spans southwest New Jersey and is bordered by the
Delaware River and Bay and the Atlantic Ocean and is best known
for its vast wetlands and wildlife. The Delaware Bayshore region
is under increased development pressure due to a rising demand for
residential housing for workers commuting to Philadelphia and Wilmington,
resulting in a decline in farm production and a loss of wildlife
In one unique 15,000-acre forest complex in the southwestern region
of Salem County, known as Burden Hill Forest, New Jersey Conservation Foundation has preserved
nearly 2,000 acres acres in partnership with the state Green Acres
Program, expanding New Jersey’s Thundergut and Stow Creek Wildlife
Management Areas in Alloway, Quinton and Lower Alloways Creek Townships.
This region also includes our 750-acre Burden Hill Forest Preserve, which is available for passive recreation
as well as seasonal hunting through special permitting.
The Delaware Bay soils are some of the most fertile and productive
in the country and support the largest remaining contiguous farm
belt in the state. Protecting the region from development is vital
for the future of the region’s agriculture. The Bayshore also offers
resting and feeding grounds for more than a million migrating birds
each spring. The shorebird population that gathers on Delaware Bay
each May and June is the second largest in the Western Hemisphere.
American egrets, great blue herons and other water birds typically
found in the region are declining due to loss of wetlands and the
development of shoreline areas.
The Delaware Bay Watershed is also home to a diversity of plants
and wildlife that make up and inhabit the vanishing upland forests.
New Jersey Conservation Foundation is actively working to preserve these critical forest habitats
that support migratory songbirds, several species of hawks and the
American bald eagle.
New Jersey Conservation Foundation has led conservation efforts in the region for two decades,
starting with the publication of Charting the Course for the Delaware
Bay Watershed, the first comprehensive planning guide for the region.
Some of our recent preservation activities in Burden Hill have
- Continued preservation of the Burden Hill Forest by expanding
the NJCF Burden Hill Preserve with the acquisition of six acres
of forested land in Quinton Township
- Facilitating the state's purchase of an additional five acres
in the Burden Hill Forest, providing enhanced public access to
the Stow Creek Wildlife Management Area on Jericho Road in Quinton
- Current acquisition efforts will result in the preservation
of three additional forested properties in the Burden Hill Forest
totaling approximately 200 acres.
To learn more about New Jersey Conservation Foundation's preservation work in Burden Hill, please
contact Fran Rapa, Regional Manager for Delaware Bay Watershed, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-888-LANDSAVE (1-888-526-3728).