Baldpate Mountain is located on the southwestern portion of the Sourland Mountains and includes the Baldpate Mountain Preserve. Moore's Creek runs along the northern edge of the site and flows into the Delaware River at the site?s western border. Fiddler's Creek runs slightly to the south and east of the site. The site is characterized by relatively steep, rocky and mostly forested slopes and includes orchards, fallow fields and a small man-made pond associated with an old farmstead. In March of 2007, local and state leaders renamed the preserve the Ted Stiles Preserve at Baldpate Mountain, to honor the relentless efforts of Edmund (Ted) Stiles to preserve 1100 acres of Baldpate Mountain.
Conservation Concern ? State-endangered: Red-shouldered Hawk (B)
Regional Responsibility Species - BCR 29 Forest: Yellow-Billed Cuckoo, Kentucky Warbler, Chimney Swift, Northern Flicker, Eastern Wood-pewee, Wood Thrush, Gray Catbird (B)
Regional Responsibility Species - BCR 29 Scrub-shrub/Barrens: Wild Turkey, Pine Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Eastern Towhee (B)
Significant Congregations-Exceptional Diversity: Landbirds (B)
Significant Migrant Stopover/Flyover-Landbirds (SM)
Major threats to the habitats of Baldpate Mountain include establishment of non-native invasive plants including garlic-mustard (Alliaria petiolata) and multiflora-rose (Rosa multiflora), recreational development and overuse, development pressure and deer overbrowse. Combined with mechanical removal of invasive plants, a deer management program, which has been in place for at least five years, has resulted in a noticeable improvement in the shrub and herbaceous layers. Presently, the site is lightly used by hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers but it is expected that usage will greatly increase once improvements to access roads, trails and parking facilities occur. Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space, the primary advocacy group for habitat protection at Baldpate Mountain, are responsible for negotiating and funding many acquisitions in the area. In cooperation with Mercer County, this nonprofit group contributed one million dollars to the purchase of 1100 acres in 1998.
Owned By: Mercer County
Contact: Donna Lewis
McDade Administration Building
640 South Broad Street
Also Owned By: Friends of the Hopewell Valley
Contact: Edmund W. Stiles
P.O. Box 395
Primarily deciduous forest with agricultural parcels