PUBLIC QUESTION NO. 2
The Clean Water, Open Space, Farmland and Historic Preservation Dedication
On November 4, 2014 New Jersey citizens will have an opportunity to vote to approve the dedication of state funds for open space, farmland and historic preservation as well as other important environmental programs.
About this ballot measure: Public Question #2 Fact Sheet
Official ballot language: Ballot Language
Thank you for helping us bring this question to voters in November, and for your continuing outreach and advocacy!
KGA ACTIVITIES AND OTHER EVENTS
NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY WORK SESSION, HOSTED BY THE FRIENDS OF PRINCETON NURSERY LANDS
Saturday, September 27, 2 to 4 PM
Meet outside the D & R Canal State Park Headquarters Building at 145 Mapleton Road in Kingston, and join members of FPNL and KGA for an afternoon of stewardship in the Mapleton Preserve, former home site of Princeton Nurseries. We will be mulching trees in the Arboretum, clearing autumn olive from the fields, and collecting litter.
Participants are invited to bring their favorite tools to the event--loppers, saws, rakes and shovels. Please wear sturdy shoes, gloves, and clothing. For more information, visit http://fpnl.org/ or call 609-683-0483. To learn more about National Public Lands Day, go to http://www.publiclandsday.org/
KGA TRAILS DAY PROJECT
Saturday, June 7, 2014
To celebrate National Trails Day, volunteers cleared away a tree and other debris blocking the flow of Heathcote Brook under the old stone bridge in the Cook Natural Area.
It was a cool way to spend a warm day! Many thanks to our industrious crew.
KGA ANNUAL MEETING AND PROGRAM--
NATURAL BEAUTY: SOMERSET COUNTY PARKS
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
|Clifford Zink, award-winning historian, preservation consultant, and author, gave a presentation on the subject of his latest book, NATURAL BEAUTY: SOMERSET COUNTY PARKS. He traced the development of Somerset County’s park system from its roots in the County’s agricultural past through its evolution over nearly six decades into an organization utilizing creative public-private partnerships to preserve open space and serve more than 2,000,000 visitors and program participants annually.|
Businessmen and political leaders worked tirelessly to establish the Somerset County Park Commission in 1956 by public referendum, and they adopted a visionary plan to preserve prime open space and provide excellent recreational opportunities for the public. Since that time, inspired public officials and professional staff have implemented and expanded the plan into a countywide network of 26 parks encompassing more than 13,500 acres.
Somerset County parks today include award-winning facilities like the Environmental Education and Equestrian Centers at Lord Stirling Park, the horticultural centers at Colonial Park and Leonard J. Buck Garden, the Torpey Athletic Center, and the Neshanic Valley Golf Course. The Parks also contain exceptional landscapes and natural areas like Natirar and Sourland Mountain Preserve, the largest county park in New Jersey.
To obtain a copy of NATURAL BEAUTY, please call 908 722-1200 ext. 236, or visit Somerset County Parks Commission
KINGSTON GREENWAYS ASSOCIATION FALL FOLIAGE WALK
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Rick Henkel (at far right) and fall foliage walkers--Photo by Jonathan Michalik
In celebration of this 100th anniversary year of the founding of Princeton Nurseries, Rick Henkel led a walk through the Nurseries' Kingston site. Rick was formerly Sales Manager for Princeton Nurseries, where he worked for 32 years. After leaving the Nurseries, he founded Princeton Horticultural Services, which he continues to run. Rick has an extraordinary knowledge of trees, and knows the Kingston Site and its trees intimately.
View a gallery of photos taken by Jonathan Michalik: Fall Foliage Walk 2013
ANNUAL MEETING AND MOVIE--“Crash: A Tale of Two Species”
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
For those who were unable to join us, the film "Crash: A Tale of two Species" is available from Netflix. It explores the fascinating, endangered relationship between the red knot, a South American shorebird which flies each year to the Arctic to mate, and the horsehoe crab, whose eggs fuel the most grueling portion of the red knot's journey north.
Courtesy of Conserve Wildlife
But now that humans are using the horseshoe crab for fishing bait and for medical purposes (its blue blood is pervasively used to test intravenous drugs, vaccines, and medical devices for bacterial contamination--see http://www.horseshoecrab.org/med/med.html for more information) the relationship has become increasingly endangered.
Maria Grace, the Education and Outreach Manager of Conserve Wildlife (Conserve Wildlife) fielded many questions raised by the documentary. Despite grim challenges to both species, there is some hopeful news--this short Star Ledger video provides some post-Sandy coverage: Researchers optimistic about Delaware Bay horseshoe crab spawn and shorebird migration
|Does a tree grow in Kingston that you would like to honor? Now you can nominate it to KGA's brand new Kingston Tree Registry.|
Tree Nomination Form
NJ WILD BLOG SITE
| ABOUT KINGSTON GREENWAYS
Kingston Greenways Association aims to establish a permanent green belt around the village of
Kingston consisting of natural environments, recreational park land, agricultural and horticultural
land, wetlands, streams and ponds, and sites of historical interest. The Association further aims to preserve and create connections of green among and beyond these for walking, jogging, bicycling and horseback riding. The Association aims also to promote understanding of our local region through study and education, and to provide oversight and advocacy for open space in the Kingston area. We will work in partnership with other regional, state and national groups in pursuit of open space preservation and awareness.
|HOW YOU CAN HELP
** Become a member
** Become a trustee
** Join us for walks, talks, workshops, cleanups, trail building, and field trips
** Get on our email list
** Keep us informed about events, opportunities, and impending zoning/legislation issues
** Attend public meetings, and tell state and local officials you're concerned about overdevelopment, loss of open space, and damage to wildlife habitat and water resources