CONTACT: Jennifer Lear
(609) 989-6540

The Friends for the Marsh is updating a management plan for the Hamilton-Trenton-Bordentown Marsh. A committee of Marsh land-owning agencies and other organizations has been meeting to discuss current issues and various options for protecting the Marsh.

The committee seeks public input into the planning process. If the Marsh is important to you, please attend one of the following public meetings to share your knowledge, your concerns, and your ideas for the future of the Marsh:

Monday, June 8, 7 to 8:30 pm at Hamilton Public Library, One Municipal Drive, Hamilton.
Monday, June 15, 7 to 8:30 pm at the Bordentown Regional High School, 318 Ward Ave., Bordentown.
Tuesday, June 16, 7 to 8:30 pm at the Mercer County Roebling Park Nature Center, 157 Westcott Ave. (near the Watson House), Hamilton.

If you are unable to attend any of these meetings, please send your comments to arrive before noon June 17 to:
info@drgreenway.org with the subject line Marsh MMP
or
Marsh Management Plan Update c/o D&R Greenway Land Trust, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton, NJ 08540

For information, use: info@greenway.org with the subject line ‘Marsh MMP’
or call 609-924-4646
.

Subcommittees are addressing the following goals:

  • Stewardship and Protection and Preservation
  • Education
  • Recreation
  • Identity and Interpretation
  • Management
Dered Project Results:
  • A 2009 Action Plan Addendum to 1999 Marsh Management Plan
  • More participation by all stakeholders, including Marsh users
  • Consensus to create a stronger identity for the Marsh
  • Increased cooperation and support for stewardship, interpretation and education
  • A management structure or agreements for improved management and coordination among Marsh partners

Background:
The Hamilton-Trenton-Bordentown Marsh is a unique urban wetland located on the Delaware River about two miles downstream from Trenton, the state capital of New Jersey. The Marsh includes 1250 acres of wetland that contains freshwater tidal marsh and swampland, multiple ponds, several creeks, and a portion of the Delaware and Raritan Canal. Combined with preserved uplands along the bluffs and Crosswicks Creek there are more than 2800 acres of open space that are broadly referred to as ‘the Marsh’. The Marsh also links the Crosswicks, Delaware & Raritan and Delaware River greenways. The diverse wildlife habitats support more than 1,200 identified species of plants and animals with many others awaiting discovery. The Marsh also encompasses significant archaeological and historic resources going back more than 10,000 years.

To residents of the immediate area, the Marsh provides scenic vistas, space to unwind, and a place for recreation. Visitors from across the country and across the Atlantic Ocean have enjoyed the Marsh for birding, hiking, canoeing, fishing, photography, and other outdoor recreational activities.

The D&R Greenway Land Trust has been active in the preservation and stewardship of the Hamilton-Trenton-Bordentown Marsh since 1994. In 1999, D&R Greenway completed a management plan for the Marsh. Some of the plan goals have been achieved. Notably, Mercer County has developed a plan for a nature and interpretive center based at Roebling Memorial Park in Hamilton, and has completed an interpretive plan for the Abbott Farm National Historic District. Many goals of the 1999 plan are still appropriate. However, in ten years, some conditions may have changed, and this calls for a fresh look at managing the Marsh.

Project Partners include:
D&R Greenway Land Trust
Friends for the Marsh
Mercer County; Parks Commission; Planning Division
Township of Hamilton; Water Pollution Control; Dept. of Engineering
Bordentown Township; Bordentown Environmental Commission
City of Bordentown
City of Trenton, Dept. of Natural Resources
Burlington County, Dept. of Resource Conservation

NJDEP: Endangered and Nongame Species Program; Green Acres Program; Division of Fish & Wildlife; Division of Parks & Forestry; Historic Preservation Office; Natural Lands Management, Parks & Forestry; Deputy Commissioner of Natural Resources

National Park Service, Rivers and Trails Program
PSE&G, including Environmental Strategy & Policy
NJ Transit Riverline Operation
NJ Department of Transportation
D&R Canal State Park; D&R Canal Commission
Delaware River Greenway Partnership
Divine Word Missionaries
Conserve Wildlife
SSP Architecture Group
Hunter Research