Wildflower Hike in Jonathan's Wood
Saturday May 4, 2013, 9:00 am. From Hillcrest Drive trailhead.
POWWW's annual Wildflower Hike will be held on Saturday, May
4th, departing from Hillcrest Drive trailhead at 9:00 am. It
will be led by Dave Peck and Mike Leone. The hike will be slow
paced, with plenty of stops along the way to look for native
wildflowers in and out of bloom. We will also point out major
tree and shrub species, as well as any birds or animals we may
encounter. Some of the trails we will explore may be steep with
uneven footing, so please wear sturdy shoes. Dress in layers
for the weather and bring water and a snack. And don't forget
to bring your camera and a notebook! If you have a question
please contact Mike Leone at 973 479 7816.
Birding Walk in Jonathan's Woods
Saturday May 11, 2013, 8:00 am. From the Old Beach Glen Road
For the second year in a row POWWW will be holding a Birding
Walk on Saturday, May 11th, departing from the Old Beach Glen
Road parking field at 8:00 AM. The field is adjacent to the
Beaver Brook, near Meriden Road. It will be led by Nora
O'Rourke and Mike Leone and will run approximately three hours.
Please plan to arrive by 7:30 AM for orientation.
The walk will be easy paced with plenty of stops to look at
birds. We will spend some time listening for bird songs and
looking for signs of bird activity. We will also be discussing
the importance of Jonathan's Woods as a migratory stop over and
breeding ground. Wear sturdy walking shoes and dress in layers
for the weather. Bring binoculars, water and a snack. We will
have field guides and a few extra binoculars to loan out. For
more information please contact Mike at 973 479 7816.
POWWW Annual Meeting and Fall Hike
Saturday, October 27, 2012. Meeting at 9 am followed by hike at
POWWW annual meeting will start at 9 am at Cedar Lake Clubhouse
134 Cedar lake East Denville, NJ. Following the meeting at 10
am we will have a hike leaving from the Cedar lake Clubhouse to
Michael Persson, Eagle Scout, Honored for Creating a New Trail
for Jonathan's Woods in Denville
Eagle Scout Michael Persson built a trail head kiosk, cleared
and marked the Curtis Trail and provided a memorial plaque for
a trailside bench for his Eagle Scout Project. The trail will
connect the 12 acre Curtis Property, recently purchased by
Denville Township, to the 650 acre Morris County Park called
His outstanding work will be honored at the POWWW Annual
Meeting on Saturday, October 27th at 9 am, before the election
of the POWWW board and officers for the coming year.
At 10 am, following the early morning meeting, there will be a
hike over the Curtis Trail into Jonathans Woods. We will
carpool from the Cedar Lake Clubhouse to park at the end of
Hedwig Ave. The hike will then circle through Jonathan Woods
heading toward Hog Pen. We will be looking for the newly
installed benches and other interesting things. Bring hiking
boots, water and a snack. The hike will be about 4-5 miles ~2.5
hrs. Any hike questions should be addressed to: Jim Florance at
Beach Glen Mines History Revealed At The Denville Township
Monday, September 24th, 7-8:30 pm
We are excited to present our first history program,
"Jonathan's Woods & the Beach Mines & More".
Speaker Joe Macasek, a well known Morris County historian and
industrial archaeologist, will present this free program about
the mining history in Rockaway and Denville Townships. Delve
into the lives of the rough men who wrestled the red dirt from
the ground and built furnaces to smelt the ore. See how many
trees it took to make a single pound of pig iron, and how many
more were cut and stacked and hauled over the frozen ground to
power the endless fires.
The smoke may have cleared by now, but Joe will show you that
the scars remain. Know it or not, Morris County mining is part
of the living history that affects our daily lives.
Please join us to learn how historical land use is reflected in
the land around us, including our incredible 650 acre Morris
County Park called Jonathan's Woods.
Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org or Joan at
Spring Bird Walk
We identified 33 bird species during a four
hour bird walk in Jonathan's Woods Cathedral Pines Trail on May
Common yellowthroat warbler
Red eyed verio
Ruby throated humming bird
Red shouldered hawk
Broad wing hawk
Eastern king bird pair
Mallard with chicks
Great blue heron
Rough winged swallow
Birds heard but not seen:
Black pole warbler
Great crested flycatcher
Red bellied woodpecker
Yellow throated verio
American song sparrow
Saturday, May 12 2012,
George Petty will lead
the annual wildflower hike. The 2 hour walk has some moderate
climbing and is not recommended for children. Hiking boots are
NY gained George. We wish him the best in
his new home and trails
POWWW 2010 annual
report, mailed in January 2011, includes
- President's Message
- POWWW Trail Committee Report
- Wildflower Walk at Site 3 Report
- Celebrating 25 Years of Water Resource Protection
- Annual Financial Support Summary
Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas is an
informative and beautiful booklet published by the PCA Alien Plant
Working Group . The booklet can be viewed
in pdf format.
During the short hike on Saturday, May 1st, 2010 we saw Tall
Blue Flag, Trout Lily, March Marigold, Wild Oats, Mountain
Pink, Jack in the pulpit, Columbine appearing in the below
picture from the trip.
May 2010 Postcard
To view click postcard
front or postcard
Forest Restoration Study in Jonathan's Woods
Our ten year program to bring back native plants and birds to
Jonathans Woods is being kicked off this fall with the erection
of a 7 1/2 ft. deer exclusion fence in a three acre section of
Jonathans Woods just off Ford Road. POWWW has been awarded a
grant by the New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife,
Conserve Wildlife Matching Grant Program. This grant of $3,500,
matched by $3,000 from POWWW, is for installation of a three
acre fence to encourage regeneration of native plant species
eaten by deer. Hopefully, once shrub growth is back, birds
dependent on them will also return. To encourage regrowth, we
will remove invasive plant species, after perimeter fencing is
installed. The protected area will be maintained and monitored
by POWWW over a ten year period.
We have been hard at work all summer mapping invasives and the
surviving native plants: now it is time to put up the fence. It
is quite a challenge, but the Morris County Park Commission is
supplying technical support, training and staff to erect posts
and stretch a 7 1/2 ft fence around the perimeter.
Maps At Jonathan's Woods Kiosks
Check out the great new, weather resistant maps available in
kiosks at the trail heads in Jonathan's Woods.
Thanks to team work by POWWW and the Morris County Park
Trail Markers in Jonathan's Woods
The following trails have been marked with painted trail
markers. We will be adding a few more markers in places as we
paint more. The Little Bear Trail (green), the Hillcrest Trail
(blue), Ford Rd Trail (red), Old Beach Glen Trail (orange).
Ridge Trail (yellow) and the upper part of Muffy's Trail
(purple) will be marked during the 7/13/2009 week .
Letter From a Neighbor
My name is Henry Patterson and I live on Cedar Lake West and
have for over sixty years. Hog Pen has been like a second home
to me and my family, how thankful we are that POWWW has worked
so hard to save this property.
As far back as1946 as Scoutmaster of Troop 17 of Denville we
would hike in from the Old Community Church on Diamond Spring
Road for our Wednesday night meetings. We would Cook supper,eat
together, sing and have skits around a camp fire and be back at
the Church by 9 P.M. We would often back pack in and have an
overnighter at Hog Pen. Both of these things were probably done
as trespassers as we had no permission or even gave it a
thought. Those days the woods were the woods and no thought was
given to ownership. We would always get our water from a place
called Devils Foot Springs I have looked for this spot many
times since and have not located it. I wonder if anyone else in
your group might know of this place?
I walk with Richard Holford quite often and we pick up trash
and watch for damage caused by the ATV's. Richard has become a
watch person and has taken a course to learn what and how to
protect this beautiful property. Since we walk together I would
be very interested in attending a class or two for preperation.
I am retired and 84 years old and feel that I would be able to
handle such a position. I would like to do other things to be
of help if the work would fit into my physical capabilities.
Once again Thank You for all you have done to preserve such a
special place for all of us.
Henry Patterson AKA Hank
A car in the woods?!
Trailblazer and Board member Jim Florence's removing historic
artifacts from Janathan's Woods.