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HUNTERDON COUNTY PARKS AND PROGRAMS IN THE NEWS!!

HUNTERDON COUNTY DIVISION OF PARKS & RECREATION ANNOUNCES PHASED IN RE-OPENING

The Hunterdon County Division of Parks & Recreation is pleased to announce the phased in re-opening of some of its popular rental facilities:

Deer Path Park, 120 West Woodschurch Road, Flemington, NJ 08822
The Overlook & Cedars Pavilions, ballfield, & Memorial Gazebo (rest rooms are open)

Arboretum Gardens, 1020 Route 31, Lebanon, NJ 08833
(Port-a-john will be available in the parking lot)

Court Street Park, Main Street, Flemington, NJ 08822
Gazebo & park area (no sanitary facilities available)

South County Park, 1207 Route 179, Lambertville, NJ 08530
(for larger venues in conjunction with the 4-H & Agricultural Fair Committee.)

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HUNTERDON COUNTY PARKS & RECREATION ANNOUNCES TROUT FISHING OPENING DAY - April 10th at 8 am

Hunterdon County’s Parks & Recreation Division has announced the official opening day for Trout season on April 10th at 8:00 am, at the many fishing areas in the County that have been stocked with Trout from the Pequest Hatchery.

Fishing areas in Hunterdon County include: Manny’s Pond in Union Township, Mountain Farm Pond in Teetertown, the Raritan River along Hamden and Pine Hill Roads in Clinton, and on Kiceniuk and Stanton Station Roads in Franklin and Three Bridges in Raritan Township.

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HUNTERDON PARKS AND RECREATION TO RECEIVE BOY SCOUTS ARROWHEAD DISTRICT AWARD FOR VIRTUAL PROGRAMS

The Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreations has been chosen as this year’s recipient of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), Friends of Hunterdon Arrowhead District Award for offering exceptional virtual programming for residents, Freeholder John E. Lanza announced at the October 20th Freeholder meeting.

Lanza, the Board’s Parks liaison, said, “Being recognized for this BSA District Award, especially during unprecedented times, exemplifies the commitment our Parks and Recreation Division staff have for their role in the county. This year has seen our county parks closed, programs either cancelled or being switched to a virtual format and being able to retain quality programs, in spite of those challenges, is a daunting task.”

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SPOTTED LANTERNFLY

The newest concern in our area is the Spotted lanternfly, an invasive insect native to southeast Asia that was first detected in Berks county, PA in 2014, but now is spreading quickly.  Although the name suggests it is a fly, it is really a planthopper.  The adult lanternfly can hop a long way, especially when jumping from high in a tree.  But the primary way it moves long distances is by effectively “hitchhiking” in every part of its life cycle, from eggs to adults, attaching itself to vehicles, trains and other forms of transport. 

Egg masses are putty-colored and hard to detect, and can be found on almost any flat surface.  Consequently, the lanternfly has been carried many miles beyond the quarantine zones in PA, DE, MD and NJ, and has the potential to turn up in almost every state in the country.

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EMERALD ASH BORER

The emerald ash borer (EAB) was discovered near Detroit in 2002, probably on solid wood packing material.   It is spreading to everywhere that ash trees grow, including New Jersey.   Every ash tree that is not treated will be killed by this pest.  Many already have been. 

The most obvious symptoms of the presence of EAB in an ash tree is what is often called “bark blonding”, the removal of strips of bark by woodpeckers attempting to feed on the EAB larvae in the tree.   By the time this symptom is visible, it is usually too late to treat.  Infested trees are often killed within a year or two after infestation.

The EAB also leave “D-shaped” exit holes as the adults emerge in the spring.  These are often hard to see, and often look like holes left by other, less harmful, insects.

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PHYSICAL ADDRESS: Hunterdon County Arboretum, 1020 Highway 31, Lebanon, NJ 08833       MAILING ADDRESS: P.O. Box 2900, Flemington, NJ 08822
PHONE: 908-782-1158       EMAIL: parks@co.hunterdon.nj.us       OFFICE HOURS: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday to Friday

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