County’s SMR Deer Mgt Program Set for Jan. 16-30th –
A Critical Need as Density Estimated Over 48/sq. mile
Culling will take place in South Mountain Reservation on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 16, 18, 23, 25, and 30. A make-up day is also scheduled for Feb. 1 if any previous dates are canceled due to inclemant weather,. The reservation will be closed to the public on those days to maximize safety.
The Conservancy fully supports this program and believes five days are absolutely needed this year given last year’s spotlight count. Based on that count, the SMR has over 48 deer per square mile, around 8 times what is needed for forest regeneration. Read more.
To see the one-page deer managment recommendations for 2018, click HERE
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Call for Artists for Wildflower Sculpture Park
Click HERE. Submit by February 1st.
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Reservation Maps and Trail Guides Available from Local Merchants and our Online Store
The new 2017 map of the South Mountain Reservation and a companion guide to its fifty-plus miles of trails by Dave Hogenauer are now available. The folded, 12” x 18” waterproof map provides a more detailed, up-to-date and accurate representation of the park, with more information on facilities, features, and topography than the 2010 edition. The 62-page, pocket-sized trail guide (which includes the map in a back pocket) offers detailed descriptions of all blazed and unblazed paths and recommended hikes.
For a list of local merchants selling the map and trail guide, click HERE, or order them through our new online STORE. The cost of the map is $7 and the trail guide. All proceeds support the mission of the conservancy.
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The South Mountain Conservancy is a volunteer, non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation. Through volunteer activities, public programs and partnership with the Essex County Parks Department, the SMC serves as a steward and advocate for the South Mountain Reservation. The SMC strives to preserve, protect, and enhance the ecology, infrastructure and natural beauty of this regional park and to foster public engagement with, appreciation of, and support for it.
Learn about our 2017 accomplishments and 2018 plans and become a member…. Find out more
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Fairy Houses on Rahway Trail Gain Regional Attention
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