The Land Trust has had a few projects this year that would not have been possible without the help of volunteers.

We were fortunate to have the help from a group of corporate volunteers from United Parcel Service this spring. One early Saturday morning in May they arrived with a van filled with tools, ready to go! With their help we spruced up the Gatehouse, our headquarters, for the season.

Our fence was repaired, dead shrubs removed, weeds and poison ivy removed, pachysandra planted, trees trimmed and mulched! We were also able to recover the front walk to our building and reset some slates and a small stone wall. It was a great day! Our thanks go out to Rosalie Lavinthal and Dennis Briede of the Land Conservancy of NJ for coordinating this for us.

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Another group of willing student volunteers from Drew University. They have helped us plant trees and shrubs in riparian buffer zones and have seeded and mulched the Von Zuben property. Couldn’t have done it without them!

We also wish to thank Jamie Miller for his help in clearing the bridle trail property on Dickson’s Mill and Blue Mill Roads. Jamie arrived with tools and his truck and we were able to remove some large trees that had fallen across the trails. It would have been very expensive to hire a tree service to do this for us.

Jim Fennimore deserves special recognition for his continued help with many of our properties. He always goes beyond the call of duty, and we call on him so much, we are starting to think of him as extended staff. Hal Scaff also provides technical assistance and help managing the Frelinghuysen Field Warm Season Grass Project. It is nice to know we can call him with grassland management questions and he always points us in the right direction. Nancy Jones of Logansbrook Equine Center has helped us hay our newly established timothy in Frelinghuysen Field and we appreciate her assistance in helping to manage the field for nesting grassland bird species.