Sourland Conservancy Calendar of upcoming events.

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Upcoming Events!

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Foraging Forest site preparation and planting.

October 16, 18 & 19 9am and 1pm.

Come out and join us in preparing the Foraging Forest for planting .

October 16, 2019: We will be laying down biodegradable weed suppression paper moving wood chips, and placing plants in their designated locations.

October 18, 2019: We will finish our site preparation and begin planting the plants in the ground.

October 19, 2019: We will continue planting and apply tree tubes to our planted trees.

 
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Train Station Seminar Series

SSAAM Update

Speaker: John Buck, Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills

Date and Time: October 17, 2019 at 7pm

Description: Authors Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills (“If These Stones Could Talk”) will discuss African American history in the Sourland region as well as updates on the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum on Hollow Road. Presented by John and Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills.

Speaker Bios:

Beverly Mills is a retiree as the Director for the Workforce Development Board in Mercer County, New Jersey.  Beverly is a founder of the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum and a member on the Advisory Board and a thirty-five year Trustee of the Stoutsburg Cemetery Association.   

For many years Beverly, along with fellow trustees of the Stoutsburg Cemetery Association, has presented at various schools, community groups and historic sites.  She has also partnered with the William Trent House, 1804 Consultants, the Grounds For Sculpture and the National Assessment of Educational Progress for the States of New Jersey to host a series of symposiums created to explore African American history in New Jersey, how to interpret African American history at historic sites and museums and how to present and discuss difficult topics in African American history.  Along with her colleague, Elaine Buck, Beverly was instrumental in forming a partnership, named the Sankofa Collaborative; an initiative created to ensure that material and resources that relate to African American history is accessible statewide to a broader and more diverse audience.  Partners in the Sankofa Collaborative include the William Trent House, Grounds For Sculpture, New Jersey Historical Society and 1804 Consultants.

Sharon Elaine Buck, who prefers to be called Elaine, is a founder the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum and a member on the Advisory Board.  Elaine is also a thirty year Trustee of the Stoutsburg Cemetery Association which is a historic cemetery for people of African descent located in the Sourland Mountains in Hopewell, New Jersey. 

For many years Elaine, along with fellow trustees of the Stoutsburg Cemetery Association, has presented at various schools, historic sites and community groups. In her capacity as a researcher and speaker, Elaine has partnered with the William Trent House, 1804 Consultants, the Grounds For Sculpture and the National Assessment of Educational Progress for the State of New Jersey to host a series of symposiums designed to explore African American history in New Jersey, how to interpret African American history at historic sites and museums as well as how to present and discuss difficult topics in African American history.  From this partnership with the William Trent House, Grounds For Sculpture, New Jersey Historical Society and 1804 Consultants, a collaboration, named the Sankofa Collaborative, was created to ensure that material and resources relating to African American history will be readily accessible statewide to a broader and more diverse audience.

 
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Train Station Seminar Series

Butterfly Gardening

Speaker: Mary Anne Borge

Date and Time: October 24, 2019 at 7pm

Description: What are the best plants to attract butterflies to your garden? Can you have a butterfly garden if you have shade? What other conditions do butterflies need to thrive? Learn the secrets to a successful butterfly garden.

Speaker Bio: Mary Anne Borge is a naturalist, writer, photographer, and educator. She is the Associate Editor for Butterfly Gardenermagazine, a publication of the North American Butterfly Association; an instructor and naturalist at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve in New Hope, Pennsylvania; a Pennsylvania Master Naturalist, and the team leader for Lambertville Goes Wild (lambertvillegoeswild.weebly.com). Her photographs have been featured in numerous publications. She shares her love of nature through her writing and photography at the-natural-web.org.

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The Cultural Landscape of the Sourlands

Saturday, November 2nd, 10AM-12PM, Rock Hopper Trail

Come and explore the complex landscape history of the dramatic Rock Hopper Preserve with local archaeologist Ian Burrow. We will find old quarries, abandoned historic roads, a stone bridge, massive stone walls, and the sites of early homesteads. There is even a hint of the presence of Native Americans in this intriguing and strangely remote-feeling portion of the Sourlands, on the outskirts of Lambertville.

 
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Bus Tour of the Western Sourland Region

Date and Time: October 26th 1-4pm

See the sites of legend and lore on the Sourland Mountain. Hear about the region’s historical importance, unique heritage and rich ecology. Learn about the special Sourland forest, home to numerous unique animals and plants – some threatened and endangered.

Visit the Holcombe–Jimison Farmstead Museum and enjoy its varied exhibits reflecting the diverse agricultural history of our area. Museum admission is included in the bus tour ticket price.

$25 Sourland Conservancy Members

$35 Nonmembers

$45 Nonmember + Discounted SC Membership

 
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Train Station Seminar Series

The Lost World of the Rock Road: Cultural Landscapes of the Rock Hopper Preserve (West Amwell).

Speaker: Dr. Ian Burrow

Date and Time: November 7, 2019 at 7pm

Description: Now the home of Pileated Woodpeckers, frogs, and much other wildlife, Rock Hopper has in the past been a thriving human community.  Quarries, a blacksmith shop, a wheelwright shop, sawmills and several farmsteads once lay along the now-abandoned Rock Road.  Massive stone walls, abandoned cartways and unusual settings of stones add an element of mystery to this beautiful preserve.  This presentation will trace the history of this landscape, and offer some comparisons with the Cedar Ridge Preserve (Hopewell Township), which was researched last year.

Speaker bio: Ian Burrow has been an archaeological and cultural resource management professional since 1975, first in England and, since 1988, in the United States. In 2015 he founded BurrowIntoHistory, LLC, a company whose mission is to improve the preservation, management and public enjoyment of historic cultural resources in the United States and beyond. 

Dr. Burrow was the 2015 recipient of the New Jersey Historical Commission’s Richard J. Hughes Award for Distinguished Contributions to Public Knowledge and Preservation of New Jersey History.

 
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Train Station Seminar Series

Local Climate Change

Speaker: Dr. Michael Aucott

Date and Time: November 14, 2019 at 7pm

Description: Environmental Scientist, Mike Aucott, will explain the basics of climate science, and bring us up-to-date on the predicted impacts of climate change on NJ. He will discuss the technologies and political developments that are starting to point to solutions.

Speaker bio: Mike Aucott holds a Ph.D. in environmental science from Rutgers University. He has been tracking developments in climate change science since the early 1990s, when, as a research scientist with NJ Department of Environmental Protection he helped develop the first statewide inventory of greenhouse gas emissions.

 
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Train Station Seminar Series

Trees

Speaker: William Zipse

Date and Time: November 21, 2019 at 7pm

Description: New Jersey may be a small state in close proximity to major metropolitan areas, however it is still nearly 40% forested! “Conditions and Trends of New Jersey’s Forests” outlines the current state of our forests looking at data collected through time by the USDA Forest Service, Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program in partnership with the NJ Forest Service as well as data from a variety of other sources and gives a window into what the state’s forests might look like in the future.

Speaker Bio: Bill Zipse has been at the New Jersey Forest Service (NJFS) since 2000, where he started out as a field forester.  He is currently a supervising forester with the state, where he also serves as the state’s forest planner and the state’s representative to the USDA Forest Service’s, Forest Inventory and Analysis Program.  He has an A.A.S. in Pre-professional Forestry from Paul Smith’s College, a B.S. in Forestry from Northern Arizona University, and a graduate certificate in Data Mining from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.