Dear Friends of the Reservation,
The Board of the South Mountain Conservancy sends its holiday wishes and thanks all of you for the many hours of volunteering and economic support during this past year, our fifteenth. As stewards of and advocates for the South Mountain Reservation, we continued to protect, restore, and enhance the forest ecology, infrastructure, and natural beauty of the park, and promote its sustainable use. And we not only maintained our established programs, we launched new ones…
Read about the SMC’s 2014 accomplishments, 2015 plans, and how to become a member and support the Reservation.
Slide show: First SMR Family Campout in September.
The South Mountain Reservation
As the largest park in the Essex County Park System, the Reservation is a unique 2,110-acre public land. Endowed with hills, rivers, and woodlands, the Reservation has been preserved primarily in its wild state. It offers 50 miles of trails and inspiring scenery: vistas of New York City, a dramatic 25-foot waterfall at Hemlock Falls, the cascade of Maple Brook in the deep woods, and millponds, streams, and picnic areas and open fields in the interior valley. After more than 100 years, it remains a green island in the midst of a sea of urbanization.
The South Mountain Conservancy
Through volunteer activities and advocacy, the SMC serves as a steward for this park and helps to preserve, protect, and enhance its ecology, infrastructure and natural beauty, As a partner with the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs and other environmental groups, the Conservancy strives to ensure this remarkable resource is maintained for current and future users, and its deciduous forest thrives as a balanced ecosystem.
- To serve as stewards of and advocates for the 2,110-acre South Mountain Reservation in Essex County, New Jersey, in order to preserve, protect, and enhance its trails, infrastructure, ecology, and natural beauty.
- To promote ecologically sustainable use of the Reservation and environmental awareness through activities, educational programs, and public service efforts, including advising local government agencies.
- To partner with the Essex County Park System and allied organizations in support of the above objectives.
Learn about SMC’s 2013 Accomplishments and 2014 Plans