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West Milford Wallish Nature Preserve Update


Wallisch Environmental Education Trail

As part of an ongoing gas pipeline expansion and to safely position a new gas line 25 feet away from an existing 25 inch transmission, the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company is seeking to access 55 year old easements on the Wallish Estates Properties. The Wallish Estates Properties is the home of a former farmland, Ramapo College wetlands mitigation site and environmental educational trail. (Click here for a NJURBANFOREST description of this trail). A quarter of an acre of the Ramapo College mitigation site will be disturbed in return for a full acre to be remediated at the preserve. Construction will not begin until West Milford agrees to widen the current 10 foot easement which TGPC needs to complete the project.

Wetlands Mitigation Site

The Wallisch Nature Preserve is accessible off of Lincoln Avenue in West Milford, NJ. Parking is available on Eisenhower Drive.

Wallisch Nature Preserve West Milford NJ

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West Milford’s Wallisch Environmental Trail!


Welcome to the Wallish Environmental Trail!

Wallish Environment Trail was constructed on the former Wallish Farm property in 2008. The property is roughly 100 acres. The trail features a woodchip path through herbaceous and forested wetlands.  Ramapo College of NJ developed the trail and planted 2-21/2 caliper trees as well as fruit bearing shrubs on 3 acres in response to campus development.

Wallish Trail Map

The trail features a man-made vernal pond and various educational signage indicating the value of the surrounding wetlands.  Belcher’s Creek, a major tributary to Greenwood Lake, flows to the west of the preserve and Morsetown Brook (a tributary of Belcher’s Creek) flows to the south.

The trail opened in 2009 and is a great place to learn about herbaceous and forested wetlands firsthand thanks to Ramapo College and White Environmental Services who supervised and obtained permits for the project. Just be sure to watch out for ticks which I found to be extremely plentiful during my venture here. It’s best to stay near the center of the trail. The open wetlands are a great place for birding in addition to other wildlife watching.

Plus like any preserve, you never know what you will encounter in your explorations.  I spotted this turtle below near the trail looking for a spot to lay eggs.

Painted Turtle

The Wallisch Nature Preserve is accessible off of Lincoln Avenue in West Milford, NJ. Parking is available on Eisenhower Drive.

Wallisch Nature Preserve West Milford NJ

Wallisch Nature Preserve West Milford Nj