The Watershed purchased about 20 acres on the Mount Rose Ridge from the Hopewell Veterinary Group. The June 21 land acquisition expands the Watershed Reserve to 950 acres.
This 19.4 acre parcel is on the north slope of the Mount Rose Ridge and is in an area zoned to preserve some of the most environmentally sensitive and biologically diverse habitat in Hopewell Township.
Jim Waltman, Executive Director of the Watershed, said the purchase was two years in the making. “This acquisition protects a relatively rare patch of old forest with dense mature understory plants and few invasive species,” Waltman said.