Pin Oak Forest – Stream, Wetland, and Upland Enhancement
Project Summary: GreenVest, along with its project partners GreenTrust Alliance and Princeton Hydro, secured funding from the New Jersey Freshwater Wetland In-Lieu-Fee program, on behalf of the Middlesex County Parks Department to conduct three separate wetland restoration projects on County owned park land Pin Oak Forest, Deep Run Reservoir, and Jamesburg Park. Pin Oak Forest is a 97 acre conservation area containing extremely valuable headwater wetlands within a highly developed area of the state. Our team’s proposed design will convert 28.94 acres of low-quality wetlands, 0.33 acres of uplands dominated by invasive species, and 1,018 linear feet of degraded stream channel into a highly functional headwater wetland system that is integrated into the rest of the landscape within the preserve. Thereby creating a functional system of native floodplain forest, scrub-shrub, and emergent wetlands.
This integrated landscape will provide high quality habitat for common wildlife as well as threatened and endangered species, including: Cattle Egrets, Black-crowned Night-herons and Red-headed Woodpeckers. The restored headwater wetland system will provide enhanced groundwater recharge onsite and steady stream flows to Woodbridge Creek. Enhancements will also lead to the improvement of onsite and downstream water quality. All regulatory approvals have been received and project construction began in January 2017.