This past Saturday, POWWW lead a group of hikers from Old Beach Glen Road up through the historic Hog Pen area of Jonathan’s Woods. Brisk morning weather quickly gave way to a sunny and mild October day.We came across Denville Scouts Troop 118’s annual camping trip in the Hog Pen (by permission from the park commission). Great to see so many people outdoors enjoying our local natural resources!
Join us for our next free public event on November 2nd at 8:30AM at the Cedar Lake Clubhouse in Denville. Coffee, bagels, and donuts will be served. POWWW’s Annual General Meeting will summarize our events and milestones from 2019 followed by a guided hike through Jonathan’s Woods. Hiking boots, jacket, water and snack are recommended for the hike.
Powww’s first Mushroom walk was a great success! With 50 enthusiastic participants we covered a lot information at a show and tell table cover in a variety of fungi from at least 25 different species.
After the table discussion most of the group trekked off on the teal trail from the parking lot to do some foraging of their own were we found many more fungi to marvel at. Some we positively identified
And some were left as unknown or know only to general group.
Thank you to everyone who attended yesterday’s POWWW Annual General Meeting & Hike.We started out at the Cedar Lake Clubhouse in Denville and reviewed trail updates, noteworthy donations, and other organizational news over coffee and bagels.We then hit the trails for a nice loop to the scenic Hog Pen and enjoyed some fall foliage along the way.
The next Protect Our Wetlands Water and Woods scheduled events are:
Jonathan’s Woods Trail Work Party
Sunday November 18th at 8:30AM
Meet at the Old Beach Glen Parking Lot as we re-route the birders loop in conjunction with the Morris County Park Commission.Volunteers will help clear the trail of branches and trim invasive plants.
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POWWW is a registered Denville 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization which focuses on open space conservation and environmental education. Since 1989 POWWW has partnered with local municipalities to preserve 650 acres of permanent open space for passive recreation.All board members serve are unpaid volunteers with a passion for the environment.
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We travelled approximately 6 miles round trip and began our trip on the Orange Trail on Old Beach Glen Road on Rockaway. We followed the Orange Trail for a nice riparian walk parallel to the Beaver Brook before making a waterway crossing via the Eagle Scout Bridge. We then walked across Meridan Road to pick up the Blue Trail within Wildcat Ridge Wildlife Management Area.
We ascended the Blue Trail and turned onto the Red/Blue Blaze before finally connecting to the White Trail (Four Birds Trail) and heading to our destination at the Wildcat Ridge WMA Hawk Watch.
Protect Our Wetlands Water and Woods’ Mission is to protect wetlands, woodlands and potable water supplies throughout the Beaver Brook watershed in Denville, Rockaway and Boonton Townships. POWWW identifies and supports land acquisition and provides site stewardship and public education programs. POWWW is a charitable 501(c)(3) Denville-based non-profit open space organization. Founded in 1987, POWWW has partnered with local municipalities to preserve 650 acres of permanent open space for passive recreation.
Turn Right at the Green Blaze on the old gravel road to head towards the wetlands.
Green Trail at Jonathan’s Woods county park
The Beaver Brook marsh is a great place to sit and look for wildlife or just unwind.
Beaver Brook marsh with Wildcat Ridge beyond
Beaver dam at Jonathan’s Woods
Following the Green Trail will take you across seasonal stream crossings before you return to the parking lot. You will also pass near the “Cathedral Pine” area which was largely toppled by Hurricane Sandy but has since been re-planted.
Seasonal wetlands on Green Trail
Former Cathedral Pine Area devastated by Hurricane Sandy. The area has since been re-planted and is being monitored by Morris County Park Commission and POWWW.