Thursday, June 05, 2008

Picnic and Presentations June 12

On Thursday, June 12, the Princeton Environmental Commission will host a picnic, followed by two presentations geared to the general public. The event will take place at the township's Mountain Lakes House, 57 Mountain Ave in Princeton. All are welcome.

Events will be as follows:

6pm: An indoor/outdoor picnic on the patio and lawn overlooking the lakes. Children are welcome. Bring your own sandwiches and salads. The Environmental Commission will provide seating, entertainment, cold beverages, and dessert.

7pm: Presentation of the PEC's third annual Sustainable Princeton Leadership Awards.

7:30-8:30pm: Presentation of the draft Environmental Resource Inventory for the two Princetons.

The environmental resource inventory brings together information about Princeton's watersheds, geology, rare species, climate and soils. It catalogs historic buildings, schools, demographics and transportation.

Princeton's last resource inventory was in 1978, and was in great need of an update. The PEC paid for this environmental study using borough and township funds and a matching grant from The Association of NJ Environmental Commissions (ANJEC). The study is being carried out by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), with input from the PEC and borough/township staff. The public presentation will provide community members an opportunity to learn more about Princeton's natural and historical resources.

One aspect that the inventory does not include is a detailed survey of plant and animal life. That's the part of it I'll be working on, and I welcome anyone in the community who has the knowledge and interest to help put together biological inventories of Princeton's parks and preserves. These can then be added to the publication later this year.

Mountain Lakes House is just behind Pettoranello Gardens, across 206 from the Community Park fields. Take the long driveway at 57 Mountain Ave. and park in the gravel lot, to the left before you reach the house. For further information, please contact the PEC at 921-1359 or

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