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The Friends of Black Run Preserve have prepared a brief survey for members, Preserve users, and those who otherwise appreciate the benefits of the Black Run Preserve.  The results of this survey will be used to appropriately implement short-term and long-term plans for the Black Run Preserve, Evesham Township’s Gateway to the Pinelands.  Your participation in this survey would be greatly appreciated.

Please click on the link below to take the survey:

About the Visioning Event

What is Visioning?

 By John Volpa, FBRP Chair

 This visioning event is a democratic process in which people have the power to influence and suggest how to best safely utilize local open space for the greatest positive uses by many local residents.  The Friends of the Black Run Preserve hope to develop a practical long-range Master Plan for the Preserve.  One that will enable us to prioritize tasks and plan a course of action that will be the most cost effective.

The Friends of the Black Run Preserve held a public Visioning Event at Evan’s Elementary School on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.  The event included the following activities:

  • Attendees were asked to sit at tables in groups of four to eight to facilitate small group discussion.
  • An overview of the Black Run Preserve and its ecological importance as a Pine Barrens watershed was provided.
  • Dr. Jeremy Wimpey, from Applied Trails Research, presented a “Sustainable Trails Primer”- concepts/terminology, trail products, and systems design.
  • Each small group discussed their thoughts on the Preserve and used the maps, sticky notes, pens/pencils, to express and identify their ideas.  A recorder/spokesperson was chosen to present each group’s ideas.
  • Dr. Wimpey facilitated large group discussion and integration of ideas.

The next day, several Friends of the Black Run Preserve Trustees met with Dr. Wimpey and  a representative of the Pinelands Commission to establish how best to accomplish our goals within the confines of Pinelands rules and regulations and to begin to develop a Master Plan.  The concept plan will be presented at a public meeting in early February.

The FBRP look forward to your positive participation in this community process.

Black Run Preserve Trails Committee

Next Meeting of the Trails Committee – January 7, 2014

January 7th @ 7:00 Black Run Trail Crew will meet to plan for trail maintenance work sessions starting early in the new year.  Volunteers are welcome!

Meeting Location:  REI store on Route 73 in Marlton

November 19, 7:00 p.m. at REI in Marlton

August 27th, 7:00 p.m. at the REI Store in Marlton

As the Friends of Black Run Preserve prepare for the October Visioning Event and trail construction this coming winter, we are now initiating a Trails Committee.  We at FBRP are happy to welcome Jay Jones, a member of the Cherry Hill Environmental Board and manager of the Cherry Hill Trail Crew.  Jay has extensive background in designing, building and maintaining soft-surface and multi-use trails.

If you are interested being part of the critically important FBRP Trails Committee, please join us on Tuesday, August 27th, at 7:00pm @ the REI store in Marlton on Route 73.  During this meeting Jay will provide an overview of trail work and design basics.

Michael Isham

FBRP Secretary

NEXT STEPS for The Black Run Preserve

The Black Run Preserve: Evesham’s Gateway to the Pinelands

June 1, 2013

Dear Community Members,

Thank you for joining the Friends of the Black Run Preserve (FBRP) in today’s National Trails Day Event.  We hope you’ll return to the Black Run Preserve with your family and friends often and during all seasons, for each offers a unique perspective.

As an educator, I’ve witnessed the positive impact of Nature and the empowerment it can inspire among children.   It has been my experience families that share real time and space in the outdoors: walking, talking, listening, and seeing, develop deeper bonds and stronger relationships.  Research about the science of happiness has identified “having real relationships” as one facet of happiness.  Medical science listed walking regularly as one of the best, easiest, and least expensive ways to maintain good health.

The Black Run Preserve is your open space in the northwest corner of the Pinelands National Reserve.  It’s common ground for all people to share peacefully and demonstrate good stewardship.  Visit again and take a step toward your personal pursuit of happiness.  Bring a friend.  The FBRP are sure you’ll see many opportunities and possibilities to enhance the Preserve along the way.

We are pleased to announce we were recently awarded a $10,000 REI, Inc. Community Grant.  Some of the grant money will be used for a Community Visioning Event in the fall.  You will be invited to attend this event in order to provide your ideas and suggestions for infrastructure and more trails within the Preserve.  The product of the Visioning Event will be the development of a Master Concept Plan and Map for the Preserve.  This document will provide a template for future plans within the Preserve including the next set of trails to be designed and constructed in early spring 2014.

Of course the need for parking lots and bathrooms is obvious.  Through our partnership with Evesham Township we’ve begun working toward the permitting process and planning with the Pinelands Commission.  But, there is so much more that can add greater value to the Preserve, that’s why we’ll be asking for your suggestions this fall.

In the meantime, hike, walk your dog, mountain bike, take photographs, spy some wildlife, and enjoy the Black Run Preserve.  Also, please consider joining the FBRP and/or making a donation.

Be safe.  Have fun.


John Volpa
FBRP Chair

Letter from the Chair

May 29, 2013

Dear Friends,

In one year The Friends of  Black Run Preserve (FBRP) have accomplished the following: adopted a Mission Statement, Objectives, and By-laws, appointed a nine-member Board of Trustees, held regular monthly meetings, filed for non-profit status, entered into a Memorandum of Cooperation with Evesham Township, conducted stewardship events and obtained two grants.

All of this has been made possible with the support of individual members and our partnership network.  FBRP are grateful to Pinelands Preservation Alliance (PPA) and REI Inc. for their generous financial and logistical support.  Our partnerships within EveshamTownship’s Municipal Departments have been strengthened and extended.  Working with Evesham Township Schools and Cherokee High School has yielded a variety of cooperative projects such as a contest for our logo, student made wooden signs posted in the Preserve along with 34 nest boxes built and placed by DeMasiMiddle School students.  We hope to enhance and expand this partnership web.  (Look for us on Lenape District Television soon.)READ MORE

June 1st 2013 Community Day at Black Run Preserve

Carleton and group fish sample near bog STI 09 Day 2 MHJoin the Friends of Black Run Preserve (FBRP) and the Evesham Environmental Commission at Community Day in the Black Run Preserve on Saturday, June 1, 2013.  The event will include guided hikes as well as time to explore the Preserve, Evesham Township’s 1,300 acre open space gem of pristine Pine Barrens.  Learn about the Preserve and then return often to walk and bike with your family and friends.

TIME:  8:45 am – 12:15 pm

REGISTRATION: You may pre-register for a guided hike (recommended)

MEETING LOCATION: Marlton Middle School all-purpose room.

150 Tomlinson Mill Road, Marlton.

You may sign up for one of four guided hikes (at the Middle  School or through pre-registration). First come, first served.

A school bus will shuttle people from Marlton Middle School to the Preserve . Bus leaves the school at: 9:00, 10:00, 11:00.

Allow two hours for the roundtrip for the hike and time to see our displays in the all-purpose room.

There will be educational presentations and live Pine Barrens animals courtesy of the Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge inside the all purpose room.

You can also pick up a map of the Black Run Preserve and maps for other Pine Barrens areas.

Wear closed walking shoes and dress for walking in the woods.  Please, no flip flops or open sandals — people wearing these will not be taken on a guided hike.
Recommended: long pants and long sleeves, sunscreen and bug spray, refillable bottle of water.

FREE and Fun for the whole family! 

NOTE: This is NOT a school-sponsored event.

June 1st also celebrates National Trails Day! Additional information on National Trails Day events throughout the country can be found on the American Hiking Society website,

FBRP Receives REI Grant

Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) announced today its grant award of $10,000 to Friends of Black Run Preserve (FBRP) of Evesham Township, New Jersey.  REI is a privately held American retail cooperative, selling outdoor recreation gear, sporting goods, and clothing.

Responding to the REI announcement, John Volpa, FBRP Founder and Chair, stated that the funds would allow International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) Trail Solutions Inc. to design and develop a network of sustainable hiking and mountain biking trails.  The Grant funds will also enable, with EveshamTownship and the regional community, development of a Master Plan for long-term and multi-use improvements.

According to Mr. Volpa, the REI Grant will serve as a springboard that will lead to needed infrastructure improvements to the Preserve, including parking lots, informational signage, and barricades to stop illegal motorized vehicles.

Black Run Preserve is a 1,300 acre open-space owned by the Citizens of Evesham Township.  The Preserve includes several former cranberry bogs and ponds with great potential for passive recreational uses such as bird watching, geocaching, hiking, and mountain biking.

The Friends of Black Run Preserve was organized in May 2012, under the guidance of Pinelands Preservation Alliance (PPA).  The mission of the Friends of Black Run Preserve is to preserve and protect the unique natural beauty and Pine Barrens ecology of the Black Run Preserve for the benefit of all citizens.  The FBRP has submitted its application for 501 (c) (3) status as a non-profit organization.

Help Restore Green Acres Funding

NJ Keep It Green logoIn February 2013, Friends of Black Run Preserve voted to become one of more than 175 New Jersey municipalities and organizations in joining the Keep it Green Coalition. While many acres of the Pinelands have been permanently preserved with funding from Garden State Preservation Trust and Green Acres programs, these programs have now run dry of money. It is critical to the long-term health of the Pinelands that New Jersey adopts new funding for land preservation, especially as our state nears a “developed-out” status in the next 40 years.

How can you help? First, by “Liking” Keep it Green on Facebook. Second, learn how to get involved and show your support by visiting Donations can also be made at this address.

Upcoming Events
  1. Free Mountain Bike Skills Clinic

    October 20 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  2. Clean Communities Clean-Up Day at Black Run Preserve

    October 20 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
  3. Sunrise 2 Hour Photo Tour

    November 10 @ 5:00 am - 7:00 am
  4. Sunset 2 Hour Photo Tour

    November 11 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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