Save the Environment of Moorestown was founded in 1972 as a grassroots organization with a mission to preserve, protect, and enhance the natural environment of Moorestown, New Jersey, for today and for future generations. STEM’s work over the years to address local environmental issues such as water and air pollution, solid waste disposal, & recycling also includes helping to preserve and protect Moorestown’s open spaces. Our Natural Area Care program helps to maintain these sites on an ongoing basis. We are always looking for new members.
Update on the Swede Run Fields Pollinator Garden
September 2021- The recently installed pollinator garden at Swede Run Fields continues to grow and flourish. STEM would like to thank all the individuals who worked so hard to plan, plant, water, weed and mulch their sections of the garden. Without your dedication, the young plants would never have made it through our very hot summer.
A special thanks to everyone who managed one of the garden zones - Ruth Larkin, Avery Thomas, Ellen Bleidorn, Linda Porter, Dina Thomas, Mark Hickman, Nancy Fife and Linda Burns and Mark Pensiero. A big thank you to Katie Leakley for managing the volunteers, tracking the hours, and finding backups when the plot leaders were away.
This past week (9/6) large numbers of monarch butterflies have shown up at the garden. They have been enjoying the butterfly milkweed. While I have not seen any caterpillars yet, I expect them to start showing up shortly. If you haven’t been to the garden recently, I highly suggest a visit. Right now, the blue mist flowers, black-eyed Susan, blue aster, and butterfly weed are all in bloom. The false sunflower should be blooming in the next couple of weeks.
Esther Yanai Preserve
September 2021- The youth group of the First United Methodist Church in Moorestown recently completed trail improvements at the Esther Yanai Preserve (EYP). Four elevated walkways were added to help walkers navigate through some of the wetter areas of the preserve.
Additionally, some sections of the trails were re-routed to move the trails out of wet areas and onto higher ground.
In 2020, four walkways were added to EYP, making a total of eight walkways that now traverse the preserve.
STEM would like to thank FUMC for all their hard work and the Moorestown Department of Parks and Recreation who funded the purchase of the materials.