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Observation platform dedicated to three conservationists


New Jersey Conservation Foundation

WOODLAND TWP. – Dr. Ogden Carter, William deCamp and Larry Keller were friends who shared a passion for the outdoors, especially birding.

In a fitting tribute, a wildlife observation platform at the Franklin Parker Preserve in the Pine Barrens has been named for the three men.

The Carter deCamp Keller Observation Platform was dedicated Saturday, Oct. 29, at a ceremony attended by about two dozen family members and friends.

“Ogden, Bill and Larry contributed generously to preserve thousands of acres in the Pine Barrens,” said Michele S. Byers, executive director of New Jersey Conservation Foundation, which co-owns and manages the 9,400-acre Franklin Parker Preserve. “We are honored to dedicate the platform to them. I hope everybody who visits the preserve will appreciate its natural beauty and wildlife as much as they did.”

Dr. Carter, a resident of Hightstown and the only living member of the trio, attended the ceremony with family members and friends. Keller, who lived in Short Hills and was a former New Jersey Conservation Foundation president, passed away in 2009. DeCamp, also a resident of Short Hills, passed away in 2005.

Among the speakers at the ceremony were Dr. Carter’s son, Geoff Carter; Keller’s son, Nick Keller, and daughter, Linny Keller Andlinger; and Ross Pilling, a deCamp family friend.

New Jersey Conservation Foundation bought the former DeMarco cranberry farm in 2003 and named it for Franklin Parker, the first chairman of the New Jersey Pinelands Commission.  The preserve is now co-owned by New Jersey Conservation Foundation and the state Department of Environmental Protection.

The Franklin Parker Preserve is crossed by several branches of the Wading River and is home to a rich diversity of wildlife, including eagles, hawks, herons, egrets, ducks, geese and swans. Many of these birds can be viewed from the Carter deCamp Keller Observation Platform, located off Route 563 at the south end of the preserve. The platform offers spectacular views of the Bald Eagle Reservoir and restored wetlands, and is equipped with a mounted telescope.

To learn more about the Franklin Parker Preserve, and to download hiking trail maps, go to

New Jersey Conservation Foundation is a private nonprofit whose mission is to preserve land and natural resources throughout New Jersey for the benefit of all. Since 1960, the Foundation has protected more than 120,000 acres, or 187 square miles. For more information on programs and preserves, visit www.njconservation.orgor call 1-888-LAND-SAVE (1-888-526-3728).

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