Stafford Township, Ocean County
An early addition to the Natural Lands Trust system of preserves,
this property was donated to the Trust in 1985 by John D. Lazarus.
Remotely located at the junction of Cedar Run Creek and Stocum’s
Branch, the habitat mirrors that of surrounding forest of pitch
pine and Atlantic white cedar bogs. Once an isolated protected
parcel, the area surrounding Lazarus Preserve is now part of the
Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Stafford Forge Wildlife
Management Area. Botanical surveys conducted by Natural
Lands Trust staff located a population of the federally threatened
and state endangered plant Knieskern's beaked rush. Look for this
grass-like plant growing in open, moist, sandy areas.
Public Access and Uses:
This Preserve is isolated and difficult to access. Visitors can
look for this property near the dirt road intersections of Micaja’s
Road and Stocum’s Road. Since the New Jersey Division of
Fish and Wildlife has a strong enforcement presence at the Stafford
Forge Wildlife Management Area, the Trust allows deer hunting
at this preserve without the need for registration.