Friends of the Black Run Preserve

The Black Run Preserve is a 1,300 acre parcel of permanently preserved land in Evesham Township, located between the Marlton Lakes and Kings Grant neighborhoods. It is an ecological wonder of Pine Barrens forest, wetlands, streams and old cranberry bogs, and hosts a variety of threatened and endanged plant and animal species.

Image of Father and son cleaning up Black Run Preserve[+ ZOOM] Father and son cleaning up Black Run Preserve ©PPA

The Black Run Preserve Team was started in 2007 and is a coaltion including local students, educators, environmental commission members, Evesham Township, Pinelands Preservation Alliance (PPA), REI and others who are focused on preserving the Black Run Preserve and incorporating it into local school curriculums and promoting passive recreation opportunities in the Preserve. Evesham Township is in the process of planning and executing improvements that will foster easier access to the Preserve and enrich users' experiences.

Black Run Preserve - Wilderness on the Edge Video


The Friends of the Black Run Preserve was established in 2012. Visit their website to learn more about the Preserve and how to volunteer.

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The Black Run Team coordinates many programs and activities within the Preserve, including guided hikes and stewardship projects like clean-ups and trail improvements.

PPA has conducted three Summer Teacher Institutes for local teachers and students.

The Preserve is traversed by numerous existing hiking trails and sand roads. Recreation opportunities include hiking, mountain biking, birdwatching, nature photography, geo-caching, and environmental education.

Developed land directly leads to the degradation of water and habitat quality. The Black Run watershed will only remain pristine if the headwaters area is protected from excessive development. State scientists have determined that the Black Run watershed can tolerate some additional housing development, but not too much, without suffering significant harm.

So if the headwaters area is developed as current zoning permits, Evesham will lose several hundred acres of surviving forest, and the development will pollute the streams flowing through the Black Run Preserve and irreparably degrade the Preserve as habitat for Pinelands plants and wildlife.

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Click here for trail map of the Preserve.

Click here for a fact sheet about the Preserve.


Take Action

Sign the petition (PDF or online) to urge Evesham Township Mayor and Council to protect the Black Run Preserve and Watershed.


2012 Events

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Black Run Stewardship Projects:

Cleanups, trail maintenance, habitat restoration are some of the projects at the Preserve. See below for current program schedule:

Black Run Guided Hike, Saturday, May 5, 9:30 am

Join Evesham and Cherokee teachers and students, Environmental Commission members, and Pinelands Preservation Alliance for a guided hike into the “Black Run Preserve”, Evesham’s newest 1,300-acre open space of Pine Barrens forest, wetlands, old cranberry bogs and streams adjacent to Kings Grant. Space is limited; registration required. Directions will be emailed to all registrants. To RSVP or for more info contact Mike at 609 859-8860 x24 or mikeh@pinelandsalliance.org.

Registration for the May 5 Hike is now closed.

Black Run Presentation at REI in Marlton, Wednesday, May 16, 7:00pm

A public information session will be presented by Pinelands Preservation Alliance and is sponsored by the Black Run Team, a coalition of local school, non-profit and corporate partners. Learn what the Preserve is, where it is located, and the current opportunities and future plans for public recreation, habitat conservation and watershed protection. FREE. No RSVP required.Directions to REI.

Friends of the Black Run Preserve kick-off meeting, Wednesday, May 30, 6:30 pm

The founding meeting will be held at the Evehsam Fire Station #223, 150 Merchants Way, next to Kings Grant in Marlton. Directions

Friends of the Black Run Preserve will support the Evesham community in being good stewards of the Preserve and helping people to enjoy its many beauties through hiking, school field trips, biking, birdwatching and other forms of compatible recreation. A collection of engaged people with a diversity of interests and skill sets will provide the ideal foundation for this group. Light refreshments will be provided.

To RSVP or for more info contact Mike at 609 859-8860 x24 or mikeh@pinelandsalliance.org.

National Trails Day at the Black Run Preserve, Saturday, June 2, 9 am - 12:30 pm

Join Evesham & Cherokee teachers and students, Environmental Commissioners, Pinelands Preservation Alliance and REI in Marlton for a service project in the Black Run Preserve.

Meeting location: Evans Mill Pond Parking Area, off Kettle Run Rd.

Action: Volunteers will help clean up trash and perform trail maintenance. A fun and informative ecology demonstration will wrap up the program.

Wear sensible shoes (old sneakers or boots) and long pants. Bring work gloves. Dress for the weather. Sunscreen and bug spray recommended. Snacks and refreshments provided.

FREE!

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. To RSVP or for more info contact Mike at 609 859-8860 x24 or mikeh@pinelandsalliance.org.

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Friends of the Black Run Preserve meeting, Tuesday, August 21, 7:00 pm

Location: Evehsam Fire Station #223, 150 Merchants Way, next to Kings Grant in Marlton. Directions

Friends of the Black Run Preserve will support the Evesham community in being good stewards of the Preserve and helping people to enjoy its many beauties through hiking, school field trips, biking, birdwatching and other forms of compatible recreation. This is a public meeting and people who are interested in helping protect the Preserve are encouraged to attend!

To RSVP or for more info contact Mike at 609 859-8860 x24 or mikeh@pinelandsalliance.org.


Regular Meetings

Evesham Environmental Commission

Public meetings are held on the second Monday of every month at 7:00 pm in Conference Room B in the Evesham Municial Building at 984 Tuckerton Road.

Evesham Green Team

Public meetings are held on a periodic basis. Learn more about the Green Team's efforts to preserve the Black Run Preserve, and how you can help Evesham become a more sustainable community. Contact John Volpa at johnvolpa@comcast.net for upcoming meeting dates and locations.

Evesham Municipal Council

Public meetings are held every first and third Tuesdays in the Municipal Court/Meeting Room in the Evesham Municipal Building at 984 Tuckerton Road. Evesham residents are encouraged to attend and let their council members know they support the cluster ordinance that is under review. This ordiance will help protect the Preserve by limiting the amount and density of development in the headwaters of the Black Run.


Contacts

Friends for the Black Run Preserve: John Volpa (Chair), johnvolpa@verizon.net

Pinelands Preservation Alliance: Mike Hunninghake, mikeh@pinelandsalliance.org

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