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.
[+ 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.
[+ ZOOM] Trails and access points at the Black Run Preserve ©PPA
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.
Click here for the new Friends of the Black Run Preserve website.
Click here to learn about their Oct. 23, 2015 Fall Fundraiser Event.
Like the Friends on Facebook.
Click here for trail map of the Preserve.
Click here for a fact sheet about the Preserve.