The Franklin Parker Preserve is an important wetland complex located in the center of the Pinelands. It is responsible for filtering rainwater that feeds into the Kirkwood-Cohansey Aquifer, a valuable underground water resource. The site was purchased in 2003 by New Jersey Conservation Foundation (NJCF) and now serves as an essential link between five major state-owned parcels totaling 250,000 acres. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection designated several Natural Heritage Priority Sites in the area, including the Chatsworth Woods Macrosite. These sites are considered some of NJ?s most significant habitats.
Species of Conservation Concern - State-endangered: Pied-billed Grebe (B)
Species of Conservation Concern - State-endangered: Northern Harrier (B)
Regional Responsibility Species - BCR 30 Scrub-shrub/Barrens: American Woodcock, Blue-winged Warbler, Brown Thrasher, Eastern Towhee, Eastern Wood-pewee, Field Sparrow, Northern Bobwhite, Pine Warbler, Whip-poor-will (B)
Regional Responsibility Species - BCR 30 Forested Wetland: Acadian Flycatcher, American Black Duck, Kentucky Warbler, Mallard, Wood Duck (B)
Regional Responsibility Species - BCR 30 Mixed Upland Forest: Acadian Flycatcher, Baltimore Oriole, Black-and-white Warbler, Black-billed Cuckoo, Blue Jay, Carolina Chickadee, Common Grackle, Easter Wood-Pewee, Gray Catbird, Great Crested Flycatcher, Kentucky Warbler, Northern Flicker, Scarlet Tanager, Whip-poor-will, Wood Thrush (B)
Significant Migrant Stopover/Flyover-Landbirds (SM)
NJCF has partnered with the US Department of Agriculture?s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to protect and restore 1100 acres of wetland habitat at the Franklin Parker Preserve. Using funds obtained through the Wetlands Reserve Program, NJCF has begun to restore the natural water flow of the wetlands that had been altered to allow for cranberry bogs. Plans include the removal of dikes and planting of approximately 150 acres of Atlantic white cedar (Chamaecyparis thyoides). NJCF also proposes to control illegal off-road vehicle use and poaching by limiting access and by increasing law enforcement.
NJ Conservation Fund
170 Longview Rd.
Far Hills NJ 07931
Primarily forested wetland with areas of shrub-scrub and mixed upland forest
The primary use of the site is for wildlife management and maintenance of natural areas. The site is also used for recreation and tourism.