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Sourland Mountain Fest Postponed

Hopewell, NJ (March 2020)- The Sourland Mountain Festival is the most popular summertime event in Central New Jersey and on the Sourland Conservancy's calendar. This 17th annual celebration brings the communities of the Central New Jersey region together, presents the best in musical talent, local food and drink, family fun - and provides critical funds to support the Conservancy's efforts to protect and preserve the important ecology and history of the Mountain. Unfortunately, the 2020 Sourland Mountain Festival has been postponed until further notice due to the COVID-19 virus.  The committee will monitor developments closely and hope to hold the Festival in some format later this year.


The Sourland Conservancy's mission to protect, promote and preserve the unique character of the Sourland Mountain region is more important than ever as the forest faces a significant threat. New Jersey Forest Service estimates that, due to the emerald ash borer, the Sourland Mountain will lose over one million trees within the next few years.


The 90-square-mile region is home to the largest contiguous forest in Central New Jersey.  Its mosaic of forest, wetlands and grassland habitats hosts an incredibly rich diversity of animal and plant species, many rare or endangered.  The forest is especially important as a rest-stop and breeding area for migratory songbirds. 


The Mountain is a critical resource for humans as well. Its 26 public parks and preserves host a variety of trails where individuals and families can enjoy a challenging hike or simply relax and reconnect with nature. Its streams form headwaters for rivers that supply drinking water to millions. The forest ecosystem performs a number of ecological services including cleaning the water and air and sequestering carbon. 


"The loss of over a million trees will be devastating." said Laurie Cleveland, Sourland Conservancy's Executive Director "We're all going to need to work together to restore the forest. 


Sourland Conservancy staff and volunteers are planning a unique initiative to help provide Region residents with the tools and information they need to help provide critical habitat in their own backyards. In response to the coronavirus, they are developing virtual volunteering opportunities. They are also filming a series of informational videos to engage their members and followers to visit the region's parks and preserves, connect with nature and engage in stewardship. 


"We understand that this is a time of great uncertainty, including economic, and that our friends in the Sourland community will be working to keep themselves and their families safe and secure," said Sourland Mountain Festival committee member, Gery Juleff. "We are asking those who can contribute time or financial support to the Conservancy to please do so." To learn more, follow the Sourland Conservancy on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook or visit their website at

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