Working to protect, enhance and expand
Located in Denville, New Jersey
Jonathan’s Woods has become a community asset. People from many of the surrounding towns hike, bike, walk dogs, even ride horses on the trails. The wildflowers and migratory birds in the spring are a magnet for garden clubs and birders.
Pollinator Meadow Project
In March 2023, we began working on the John Schleicher Memorial Pollinator Meadow after a year of planning. In coordination with the Morris County Park Commission, we broke ground on March 9th. On May 20th, we had a group of POWWW volunteers and board members who helped us clear weeds, spread wood chip mulch, and plant 1125 native plant plugs of 24 different species. Heavy rain in the afternoon sent the crew home before all of the plugs were in, so the remainder was planted over the next two weeks.
In June, we hired our first paid intern, Christian Mayer, with a Morris County Park Alliance grant. Christian worked 10 hours a week for three months under the direction of Mike Leone, and alongside POWWW Volunteers Nick Homyak, who tirelessly tackled the Mile a Minute vines, and more. Board member Jeff Scheidecker spread wood chips around the planting area to create a walking path.
All of this hard work began to show results starting in August and September, as the first plants began to bloom, along with many surprise native volunteers attracting an array of bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. All in all, it was a very successful start to an exciting project, made possible by a coordinated group effort with generous financial support from Judith Schleicher and her family, the Morris County Park Alliance, and many volunteer hours.
In 2024, we hope to add permanent educational signage and a seating area with benches and continue to expand the planted area.
We are a not-for-profit conservation organization and land trust based in Denville, New Jersey. Our mission is to protect the wetlands, woodlands and potable water supplies throughout the Beaver Brook watershed in Denville, Rockaway and Boonton Townships. We identify and support land acquisition, provide site stewardship and offer public education programs.
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OF OPEN SPACE
To date POWWW in partnership with NJ Fish and Wildlife, the Morris County Park Commission, the Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority (MCMUA), Denville Township and Green Acres has acquired 635 acres of open space that will be preserved in perpetuity for passive recreation.
POWWW creates and maintains trails within Jonathon's Woods through diverse habitats.
The hiking trails and forest at Jonathan’s Woods provide a direct connection to the 3,000+ acres of open space of Wildcat Ridge WMA in Rockaway Township, creating a vital greenway for wildlife.