IN JULY 2004, SADDLER’S WOODS CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION (SWCA) WAS FOUNDED BY JANET GOEHNER-JACOBS, DAVID JACOBS, AND MARGUERITE DOWNHAM, WHO ARE INTERESTED IN SAVING AND PRESERVING AN AREA IN HADDON TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY. THEY ARE DEDICATED TO EDUCATION, RESTORATION, AND RESEARCH OF SADDLER’S WOODS, WHICH IS A 25-ACRE, OLD GROWTH FRAGMENT LOCATED NEAR PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA.
This unique area features a combination of old growth forest, young woodlands, and wetlands. As such, it provides an example of the landscape when European settlers arrived.
Saddler’s Woods offers outreach programs, youth programs, tours, hands-on restoration, and field studies, through which SWCA promotes the natural and cultural resources unique to this urban forest. Saddler’s Woods has more than 1,000 visitors each year.
Currently, SWCA is trying to define, document, and record all species of flora and fauna in the area. So far 3,000 species have been identified.
A grant from Subaru of America, Inc. has allowed SWCA to focus its core initiatives, including improving the habitat by removing nonnative species and maintaining trails. “The vital income stream through grants allows us to continue our mission,” shared Goehner-Jacobs, executive director.
In addition to funding, Subaru employees volunteered at Saddler’s Woods on Earth Day. They helped with planting, trail maintenance, weeding, and concrete removal. On Trails Day, the volunteers helped finished a new trail. “I would like to express our appreciation to Subaru and for their commitment to the environment,” said Goehner-Jacobs.
For more information on SWCA, visit www.saddlerswoods.org.