Morris, Sussex, Hunterdon and
The Musconetcong River Valley features an outstanding diversity
of farms, hamlets, villages and secluded natural areas. The Musconetcong
is a boundary waterway that flows through Morris, Sussex, Hunterdon
and Warren Counties. A major tributary of the Delaware River flowing
through the environmentally sensitive New Jersey Highlands, the
Musconetcong is an important source of drinking water.
corridor offers important habitat for many threatened, endangered
and rare wildlife species. The Musconetcong also provides excellent
recreation opportunities including hiking, canoeing, camping, nature
study and particularly fishing, with the river and many tributaries
supporting naturally reproducing trout populations. Beautiful scenic
views can be enjoyed of the river valley, Highlands and Kittatinny
ridges, and Delaware Water Gap.
The deep, rich limestone soils make
the area an exceptionally significant farmland region in New Jersey.
But the same characteristics make the Musconetcong Valley very susceptible
to suburban sprawl since developers often prefer well-drained soils,
which are ideal for septic systems.
New Jersey Conservation Foundation received funding from
the State Farmland Preservation Program to preserve land in the
Musconetcong Valley of Warren County, one of the largest
areas of prime agricultural soils in the Highlands.
New Jersey Conservation Foundation is continually looking for opportunities to preserve land in the Musconetcong River Valley project area.
Recently, New Jersey Conservation has helped preserve:
- A 62-acre farm on Cemetery Hill Road in Washington Township, Warren County
- A 140-acre farm in Stewartsville, Warren County
- A 54-acre farm in Greenwich Township, Warren County
- A 57-acre farm in Asbury, Warren County
The New Jersey Highlands region stretches from eastern Pennsylvania
through New Jersey and New York to northwestern Connecticut, forming
a vital linkage between the Berkshires and the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The Highlands form a greenbelt of forest and farmland around the
New York metropolitan area and provide fresh air, natural areas
and recreation opportunities for millions of residents of the greater
New Jersey metropolitan area. NJCF’s publication The New Jersey
Highlands: Treasures at Risk detailed the importance of preserving
the region’s forests, fields and wetlands.
With over 1,300 square miles in the northwest part of the state,
the Highlands stretch from Phillipsburg in the southwest to Ringwood
in the northeast and lies within portions of seven counties (Bergen,
Hunterdon, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex and Warren), including
88 municipalities that are home for more than 750,000 people. The
Highlands diverse natural communities are important statewide. With
extensive forests, wetlands, rivers and streams, over 70 percent
of the Highlands are environmentally sensitive while providing water
supply for more than half of New Jersey’s families – over 5.2 million
To learn more about NJCF’s preservation efforts in the Highlands,
please contact Ingrid Vandegaer, Highlands Regional Manager, at
or 1-888-LAND-SAVE (1-888-526-3728). For information on NJCF’s public
policy initiatives in the Highlands, please contact Wilma Frey,
Highlands Project Manager, at Wilma@njconservation.org
or 1-888-LAND-SAVE (1-888-526-3728).