Our 337-acre Dorothy Preserve is in the midst of a swath of forest
that stretches from the Wharton Sate Forest at the Mullica River
through western Atlantic County to the preserved forests of northern
Cumberland and Cape May Counties. This area, referred to as the
Elwood Corridor, contains mostly intact forest at risk of development
This preserve contains mostly oak-pine forest typical of the surrounding
southern Pine Barrens. It is bisected by Stephens Creek, a tributary
to the Great Egg Harbor River, which supports an impressive stand
of Atlantic White Cedar. On the southern side of the property is
an increasingly rare form of habitat known as Pine Barrens savanna.
Areas such as this were more common when wildfires were more frequent.
The sparse tree canopy in this area allows many native grasses and
wildflowers, such as Blazing Star, Still-leaf Aster and Little Blue
Stem, to flourish. To maintain this area, NJCF uses controlled burning
and selective tree-cutting to keep the forest from overtaking the
View Dorothy Preserve in a larger map