Restoration / Native Planting was a Huge Success!

Thank you to the over one hundred fifty volunteers who helped plant 1550 native plants, removed four dump truck loads of concrete and debris, installed 300′ of barriers, and created space for a new informal parking lot. These hardworking volunteers exceeded our expectations for such a extensive multi-faceted work event. This level of success was completely unexpected. This was our first Restoration Project in the BRP.

Volunteers Needed for Clean-up May 16

Volunteers needed for a major Black Run Preserve (BRP) clean-up and trail work on
Saturday, May 16th, 2015,  9 a.m. – noon

Meeting on the Green Trail (intersection of Kettle Run Road and Braddock Mill Road)  Pizza and soda will be provided at noon.  Our thanks to Evesham Public Works who will help us with a dump truck and, unfortunately, there is enough junk to fill it at least once.

This event will be a major spruce-up opportunity to keep the BRP’s natural beauty showing by the loving care of local volunteers.

Help us get the washing machine out of the BR stream, remove the fire pit, dismantle the “structure”, and clear the pallets and old tires that seem to sprout forth from illegal “donations” every spring.

Please come on out, even if you can’t support the full three hours: we have work for every one!!

Thanks for your time,
John Volpa
Founder and Chair
Friends of Black Run Preserve

Join us for photography Sunday, May 3rd

Wilderness Photography Workshop this Sunday. Come join our own Amy Golden at 5pm Sunday, May 3rd on the Green Trail. We’ll photograph spring flowers, the sunset and the full moon and whatever catches our fancy. A donation for the FBRP is requested. Please register via the Volunteer form on the Support FBRP web page and specify Photography Workshop in the comments section. Happy shooting!

Fundraising is Fun!

You can help!  If you like to plan social events for a good cause, please come out to a Fundraising Committee Meeting.  The next one is:
Wednesday, April 22 at 7pm to 8pm at the Evesham Township Municipal Building (on Tuckerton Road) on the second floor in Conference Room B.
Everyone is welcome!!

Mountain Bike Ride March 29th

Join FBRP Chair John Volpa on Sunday, March 29th, 9:30-11:30am for a mountain bike ride on the trails of the Black Run Preserve.

Meet at White Trail near Borton’s Road. Helmet required. Donations accepted.

Please RSVP @ for more details.

March 16th is the Rescheduled General Meeting

General Membership Meeting of the Friends of Black Run Preserve

Monday March 16th, at 7:00pm
@ REI Marlton. REI is located at the intersection of Route 73 and Brick Road in Marlton.

Many plans are afoot providing lots of volunteering opportunities: Trail maintenance and development, Citizen Scientist projects, 5K run, Fundraising and More. Plus, an organizational milestone – we’re hiring! Come, learn, participate.
All citizens interested in protecting a local section of pristine pine barrens lands are welcome.  Bring a friend. We hope to see you!

POSTPONED – General Membership Meeting March 3, 2015


Dear Friend of the Black Run Preserve,

The FBRP’s next General Membership Meeting has been rescheduled @ 7:00 pm Tuesday, March 3rd, upstairs in the Community Room of the REI store in Marlton at the corner of Brick Road and Route 73 South.  Your input and suggestions are important to our organizational success.

In addition to a variety of annual outreach and special events, FBRP will be looking for volunteers interested in participating in the following:

  • Citizen Scientist bird nest box monitoring project led by local birder, Darlene Emers, and Marc Zamkotowicz, BCC Assistant Professor of Geographic Information Systems.
  • Citizen Scientist Stream Monitoring Project led by Jody Carrara, Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC).
  • Trail Crew trail construction and maintenance projects.
  • Fundraising Events.

As an official nonprofit, the Friends of the Black Run Preserve is growing and due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, we have the means to hire a part time coordinator.

Why does FBRP need a coordinator?  Much work needs to be done if the Black Run Preserve watershed is going to survive as the last local remnant of pristine Pine Barrens.  FBRP needs a coordinator to increase our membership, organize volunteer activities, and to become more nimble in our communications with the surrounding community.

Thanks for your help and support.


John Volpa, Founder and FBRP Chair

Read Our First Newsletter

January 2015

Dear Friend of the Black Run Preserve,

We are pleased to produce the first  FBRP Newsletter!  FBRP is also pleased to announce we are an official 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization.  With your continued support we will continue to make progress improving and expanding the educational and recreational opportunities within the Black Run Preserve.  Please see our “Support Us” page to become a member and/or made a tax-deductible donation.

Our next general meeting will be held in late January or early February at REI in Marlton (the date will be set when we know the date of the Evesham Township Budget Hearing.)  Volunteering for Trail Crew, Grant Writing, and Special Events are just some of the opportunities to become more actively involved in the FBRP mission. Please follow our website and our Facebook page for updates.  With your help the Black Run Preserve will become a safer and more enjoyable haven for all. 

Have a Happy and safe New Year!


John Volpa
FBRP Chair

Letter from the Chair – October 20, 2014

Dear Friends,

To all those who attended our October 1st Concept Plan presentation, “Thank you!”

Your presence made a huge difference; therefore, we do not need to attend the next two Town Council meetings on Oct. 21st or Nov. 12th.  We hope to have positive news for you in the next month or two concerning future plans for the Preserve.  Thank you once again.  Enjoy autumn in the Black Run Preserve.


John Volpa, FBRP Chair

P.S. We are conducting a road clean-up on Saturday, Oct. 25th, 9-11.  Meet on the Green Trail.  If you can attend please email with subject line “cleanup”.

Concept Plan for the Black Run Preserve

On October 1st, John Volpa and the Friends of the Black Run Preserve presented the Concept Plan for the preserve to Evesham Township officials and more than 60 members of the public who are interested in the future of the preserve.  The Concept Plan grew out of the Visioning Event held in October 2013 and provides a framework for creating safe trailheads and parking, additional trails, and better signage for those who want to enjoy the preserve for hiking, bicycling, bird-watching, trail running and other outdoor activities.  A copy of the Concept Plan and Appendices are attached here.  Let us know what you think!

Concept Plan Report


Appendix A Trailhead_Kettle Run Road

Appendix A Trailhead_Bortons Rd

Appendix B_Current Trail System_Topo

Appendix B Current Trail System_Aerialphoto

Appendix B_Conceptual Trail System_Topo

Appendix C_Concept Plan Zones

Appendix C_Concept Plan Zones_Aerial

Appendix D_Inventoried Wetlands Map

Appendix D_Inventoried Wetland Buffer

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