I did not have much choice as the place was packed. I stayed across the street from the gorge trail parking area in the open grassy area . My dog really loved it because the same rabbit came around 4 different times. Is South burnt hill pond the one at the curve in the road past the gorge tr. area? I have stayed there before but it was full on the fourth.
My understanding is that the Land Trust bought the property to protect it from being developed, until such time that the US Forest Service can purchase it from them. Land acquisitions by the Forest Service can take a very long time to complete, so this assures that the property doesn't go to a private individual in the meantime.
I'm reminded way too often these days about how short life truly is.
Lodi is having a town meeting on Sept. 18 to ask the Fed. government to limit the size of the FLNF. I understand their concerns, the Feds dont reimburse the towns a fair rate in place of the taxes lost.My concern is that of a national forest that is the smallest in the country with a patchwork of private land in its midst. The nature conservancy buy of the land on Potomac rd. helped to insure that houses were not built, so that there can be an integrity to the forest. I am not a resident, but a frequent visitor to the FLNF.This place is a treasure in the ever shrinking world of places left to nature. An expansion at least in the lands among its midst helps to ensure an unbroken forest. As an example a house was built a few years ago near the corner of Burnthill rd. and Wycoff rd. that just seemed to be an intrusion on the FLNF. A fairly large nomber of people do visit the FLNF and it would seem that the money they spend in the area helps to offset the loss of taxes.