Monday, October 7, 2013

Margetts Field

Harding Township Invites You to Celebrate the Retirement of the 20-Year Loan to Purchase Margetts Field for Open Space with 3-Hour Outdoor Concert by Bluegrass Bands.
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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Harding Land Trust Seeks National Accreditation

Harding Land Trust is pleased to announce it is applying for accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. The Accreditation Commission recognizes land conservation organization that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. A public comment period is now open.

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs. This voluntary decision to achieve accreditation illustrates the efforts of the Harding Land Trust to be recognized for its esteemed standards and practices. In addition, applying for accreditation demonstrates the Harding Land Trust’s commitment to ensuring the preservation of farmland, woodlands, and areas that safeguard natural resources, and give Harding its rural character.

The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how Harding Land Trust complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards see

To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit, or email your comment to Comments may also be faxed or mailed to: Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments; (fax) (518)587-3183; (mail) 36 Phila Street, Suite 2, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Comments on Harding Land Trust’s application will be most useful by October 28, 2013.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Coming Soon...Harding Land Trust 2013 House and Garden Tour

The much anticipated 2013 House and Garden Tour will be held on Monday, June 3rd.  This event will sell out, so please reserve your tickets by ordering today. Contact for a ticket sales and information about the Preview Party on June 2nd. 

Volunteer and docent opportunities are still available.  House tour volunteers will receive a discounted ticket for their assistance.    Please call 973-267-2515 or visit the link below to sign-up directly.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Frelinghuysen Fields

Many thanks to our friends and supporters who attended the Harding Open Space Trust Committee meeting last night.  This project will also be discussed at the Township Committee meeting on Monday, June 11.  The Township Committee meeting begins at 7:30 pm.  Invite your friends and neighbors to attend to learn more about this remarkable preservation opportunity.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Public Open Space Presentation - June 6

Harding Open Space Trust Committee

Is holding a special public meeting.
There will be a presentation about the opportunity for our town to preserve a portion of the beautiful Frelinghuysen Property. 

Please join us on June 6th, 2012, 7p.m.
at The Municipal Building
to learn about this once in a lifetime opportunity to preserve one of Harding’s most treasured places.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Join us for some fun in the Swamp

Please join us at the Great Swamp Scavenger Hunt!
When: Saturday, May 19, 2012, 9 a.m to 6 p.m.
Where: Start and end at the Kitchell Pond Pavillion, Loantaka Brook Reservation, 75 Kitchell Road, Morristown, NJ.
Check in and pick up your Scavenger Hunt Clue Kit.
Visit as many places around the Great Swamp Watershed as you like.
Return to the Kitchell Pond Pavillion for free food and prizes.
For More Information click on the following link To GSWA website

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Primrose Farm Estates Preservation Boosted by Morris County Support

On November 9th, the Morris County Freeholders voted to provide $2,880,000 in funding for the preservation of Primrose Farm Estates in Harding Township. Primrose Farm Estates is a 69.7-acre property where the development of 5 home sites is eminent. It is part of a multi-year project that preserves 115 acres of contiguous land in Harding Township.

This property is less than ½ mile upstream of the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. It straddles the Upper Passaic River to the south and Primrose Brook to the north, which are both Category One Trout Production waterways. The property also consists of former agricultural fields, grasslands, upland and wetland forests, and riparian habitat along both Primrose Brook and Upper Passaic River. It supports a seasonal population of Indiana Bats and preserves a rich mosaic of habitats that benefit many species. Preservation of this parcel will provide recreation and educational opportunities for area residents.

“We are grateful to the Morris County Freeholders for their support of this important project”, said Harding Land Trust President, David Shepperly. “This was the largest allocation of funds from the Morris County Preservation Trust this year and we are pleased that the County recognizes the importance of preserving this property.”

Philip Nicolas, the Project Manager for Trust for Public Land, led the negotiations for the project. “The leadership from Harding Township Committee was critical to the success of this project in addition to the landowners who have endured a long negotiation and have given a number of concessions to make preservation possible”.

The Harding Land Trust applied for the County grants to support both Phases of the project. Tina Bologna, Executive Director for the Land Trust explained, “Last year the County awarded $2,450,000 million towards Phase 1, which was $1 million short of what we requested. Harding Township stepped up to meet the challenge of addressing the shortfall. We are appreciative that Morris County met our full request this year and we are confident that we can raise the remaining funds to acquire this project on schedule.”

Harding Township Mayor, Marshall Bartlett agrees. “This project met the criteria of our local Open Space Trust and our residents demonstrated that there was strong support for the preservation of this property”.

Other partners contributing funds for this project include Great Swamp Watershed Association and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Green Acres Program.

The mission of the Harding Land Trust is to acquire, conserve and manage scenic, natural and historic lands in Harding Township in order to maintain the existing rural character of the Town for present and future generations. Working with its neighbors, the township and its conservation partners, Harding Land Trust has preserved over 300 acres of scenic and environmentally sensitive land. Since 1990 it has worked to acquire property and conservation easements within the community. By preserving open space, the trust seeks to protect the character of Harding’s countryside and ensure the integrity of its water resources.