The New Jersey Conservation Foundation (NJCF) purchased land in the Franklin Parker Preserve in 2003 and planned to remove the irrigation system that regulated the flow of water in and out of the bogs in the Pine Barrens that used to house a cranberry farm. The bog restoration project took six years and $1.5 million to complete.
NJCF representatives say the project improved water quality and slows the flow of water during storm events. Wildlife has come back to the area, which can be seen in beaver dams, trees and unique plants. The preserve is open to the public with trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Environment reporter Ed Rodgers files this report for NJToday from Chatsworth.