The Township recently received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to improve nature trails at the Plainsboro Preserve.
“We are extremely thankful to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for their generous grant. This grant will allow the Preserve to make trails more pedestrian-friendly, provide ample seating and give better access to handicapped individuals that want to visit the Plainsboro Preserve and Environmental Center”, said Plainsboro Mayor Peter Cantu.
The $94,964 Foundation grant will also be used for widening footbridges and boardwalks to better access trails, installing erosion control measures at Maggie’s Point and sitting benches made of recycled plastic along scenic trail areas, improving handicapped parking access to Preserve and removing unwanted debris along trails. The Township will also contribute additional funding to support these improvements.
The Preserve improvements are expected to be completed by the fall of 2017.
"We are extremely excited for the Township and congratulate them on receiving this grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. New Jersey Audubon looks forward to the ongoing improvements the grant will bring to this already beautiful preserve and nature center", said Eric Stiles, President and CEO of New Jersey Audubon.
The Plainsboro Preserve located at 80 Scotts Corner Road, is collaboration between the Township of Plainsboro, the County of Middlesex, and New Jersey Audubon. Close to 1,000 acres of lands were preserved by the County of Middlesex and the Township of Plainsboro that supports a diversity of habitats and wildlife, with one of the largest lakes in the area. New Jersey Audubon manages the Preserve and Nature Center, providing year round environmental educational opportunities for the local community. The Preserve is a lasting ecological legacy for current and future generations. The Nature Center houses a variety of exhibits, live animals, a reference library, a Nature Store, and several miles of trails.