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Pave Paradise: Put up a Parking Lot
Baldpate Mountain in Hopewell Township, Mercer County is one of my favorite still relatively wild areas to ramble.
The State DEP just began construction of new roads and parking areas to provide access to this hilly and forested landscape. Check out the photo’s – you decide if the improved public access to this special place is worth the destruction. I don’t think so – and even if justified, the design is poor, the engineering wildly out of scale, and the level of forest destruction avoidable.
Green Acres Project – Baldpate Mountain, Hopewell Township, Mercer County.Baldpate is a magnificent forested tract of approximately 1,000 acres. It is the highest elevation and largest natural area in Mercer County, along the Delaware River, just north of Trenton.
Sixty foot wide access road to parking lot punctures mature ash ash, oak, and tulip forest.
Rural roads in the area are just 16 feet wide.
An additional large parking lot is under construction in an a far less environmentally sensitive disturbed farm field.
Scores of mature ash, oak and tulip tress were cut down to make way for the access road and parking lot..
More trees cut down to make way for a parking lot on former forest.
Men and machines create stumps where mature trees once stood tall.
Hard to distinguish the destruction by a typical development project from a DEP Green Acres funded project
View from the trail – imagine my surprise coming across this while hiking a remote section of the park.
Towering Tulip Trees Transect Tranquil Trail.
Classic rustic hunting cabin is hidden by grasslands.
Delaware River (looking south) peeks through the hardwood forest.
Estate and several outbuildings provide architectural and historical features.
Miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails await the rambling spirit.