This 170-acre preserve lies at the very edge of New Jersey’s Pine
Barrens in the transition area between two major geological areas,
the inner and outer coastal plains, with vegetation and wildlife
characteristic of both regions. The preserve’s forested wetlands
contain the highest species diversity of breeding neo-tropical warblers,
vireos, and other songbirds anywhere on the coastal plain of New
The1.5-mile Evert Trail winds through a dense wetlands forest,
allowing visitors to experience this tremendous diversity up close.
While portions of the trail cross elevated boardwalks, visitors
should be prepared for wet and muddy trails at most times of the
year. Portions of the trail follow the along the Stop-the-Jade Run,
a tributary steam of the Rancocas River.
The property was donated to NJCF in 1984, and was dedicated in
1995 in memory of Dot and Brooks Evert for their lifelong contribution
to the protection of New Jersey’s land and natural resources. Their
efforts were central to grassroots conservation movement that led
to the preservation of the New Jersey Pine Barrens through the Pinelands
Preservation Act. Brooks Evert served as Trustee of New Jersey Conservation
Foundation from 1974 to 1990.
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