86 Acres of Farmland Preserved in Franklin Township - South Jersey Land & Water Trust
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86 Acres of Farmland Preserved in Franklin Township

 

 

 

 

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According to the Corwonski family, it was their father’s wish that their property always remain a farm. Now, thanks to the work of our staff at South Jersey Land and Water Trust (SJLWT) in cooperation with Franklin Township, his wish will be granted. The 86 acres of farmland that have been in the Corwonski family for generations is now permanently preserved. 

For over twenty-five years, SJLWT has worked to preserve land across southern New Jersey. As of this year, we have preserved over 1,500 acres of open space and over 600 acres of farmland. The preservation of this Franklin Township property, however, breaks new ground for us. 

“This is the first farm that has been settled since SJLWT assumed the management responsibilities for Franklin Township’s Municipal Farmland Preservation Program,” Ken Atkinson, the Land Program Manager with SJLWT, says. The preservation of these 86 acres of farmland will help protect the health of local natural resources, help to recharge groundwater, provide critical habitat for local wildlife, and protect the biodiversity of our environment. It will also preserve the beauty of Franklin Township. 

“The Township of Franklin has long realized that preserving farmland in this two-hundred year old township is the key to keeping its residents pleased with its rural character,” Ralph Travaglione, Secretary of Franklin Township’s Agricultural Advisory Committee, says. Earlier last year, SJLWT formed a partnership with Franklin Township to work to preserve farmland throughout the town. 

This 86-acre property is likely just the first of several farms that will be preserved in Franklin Township. Currently, SJLWT is working on more than seven other Franklin Township properties that are in some stage of the Farmland Preservation process or have initiated an interest in the program. 

According to Traviglione, “This partnership [with SJLWT] is the beginning of a good thing for our township.” All of us at SJLWT agree! 

Land preservation projects like this one are impossible without the support of people like you! Donate here to contribute to the preservation of our forests, waterways, and farmlands. 



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