The Greater Culver Lake Watershed is filled with rich forests, stunning mountain vistas, meadows, and beautiful lakes. We are dedicated to preserving these cherished landscapes. Every acre we conserve benefits both our community and the environment. Green open spaces improve mental health and well-being, boost local economies through tourism, improve our drinking water, and protect vital habitats for plants and animals.

The Foundation is currently working to create the “Culver Brook Preserve and the Culver Brook Preserve East,” 268 acres of public open space made up of a former golf course and 173 wooded acres on Ridge Road across the street. Thanks to a grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection submitted on behalf of the Foundation by the Wallkill River Management Group, stewardship for these preserves is assured once both properties are acquired. Future plans include significant reforestation, walking paths, parking areas, bird watching platforms, and pollinator meadows. It will be a community destination for public enjoyment and will safeguard the natural beauty of Sussex County.

The existence of the Culver Brook Preserve is only possible through the generous donations of our direct supporters and grants from the Green Acres Fund, Open Spaces Fund, and from private foundations that enable the Foundation to undertake land preservation projects like this.

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Converting a former golf course to a nature preserve is a long and careful process. As we undertake the final environmental assessments to acquire the property, we will discover the mitigation efforts that will be necessary to reverse decades of chemical applications. Our partner Wallkill River Management Group has already applied for and received a grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to undertake plantings which will begin to return this property to its natural state and re-establish tree canopies and pollinator meadows. This is a map of those plans:


The Greater Culver Lake Watershed Conservation Foundation (GCLWCF) relies solely on private tax-deductible donations from individuals, families, businesses and foundations to fund its environmental advocacy programs.
Your generosity will ensure continuity of the water quality efforts not only at Culver Lake and Lake Owassa but also throughout the watershed area today, tomorrow, and in the years to come.


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Meadow by Okeson