21 February 2012

A Sunday walk in HMF

Sunday afternoon looks to be sunny and 46 degrees. Sounds like a great time to stretch your legs and learn.

Hutcheson Memorial Forest Tour
Sunday, February 26 at 2:00 p.m.

Tour Leader: Peter Morin (Community Ecologist)

“Winter Botany at Hutcheson Memorial Forest.”

The Hutcheson Memorial Forest (HMF) is a unique area consisting of one of the last uncut forests in the Mid-Atlantic States, along with the surrounding lands devoted to protection of the old forest and research into ecological interactions necessary to understand the forest. The tract is administered and protected by Rutgers University.  It is apparently the only uncut upland forest in the Piedmont of New Jersey, and appears on the National Park Service Register of Natural Landmarks.

Tours leave from the entrance of the woods on Amwell Road (Rt. 514) in Somerset. From New Brunswick, follow Hamilton Street west past JFK Blvd, Cedar Grove Lane and Elizabeth St. HMF is on the left past Gardener’s Nook Nursery. The driveway is located just past the guardrail over the brook.

The trail may be muddy in places so come prepared.  The tour through the woods and fields takes between one and two hours.

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