Site Plan

Three key components will shape site design, leveraging the land’s exceptional attributes

  1. Natural resource preservation
  2. Passive enjoyment of the natural environment
  3. Lake access

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Phase 1

Near-term anticipated minimal-impact enhancements:
  • Narrow main trail to reestablish understory
  • Soil erosion mitigation; soil retention improvement
  • Whitman Woods signage posted at both Glen & Beech avenue entries
  • Low-profile interpretive signage posted at established trailheads or adjacent to legacy trees
  • Low-profile post and rail fence to distinguish boundaries and prohibit vehicular access
  • Reclaim/integrate/transform existing foundation for open classroom / viewing platform

Phase 2

Mid-term minimal-impact enhancements anticipated over 5 years:
  • Strategically encourage proliferation of rare natives; eradicate invasives (plot by plot in potential partnership with Penn, Rutgers and Rowan environmental internship programs)
  • ADA access to open classroom / viewing platform
  • Limited parking, gravel or grid
  • Glen observation platform
  • Canoe launch via Beech Avenue access

Phase 3

Long-term:
  • Develop 20-Year management/stewardship strategic plan in congress with “Whitman Woods” advisory board, artists, borough, county, educators & scientists

Proposed Passive Uses

  • Naturalist-led Walk in the Woods with Walt forays
  • Spring poetry readings and/or writing workshops facilitated by area schools and/or
    Walt Whitman Arts Center
  • Nature seminars facilitated by area schools and/or South Jersey Land & Water Trust
  • Painting & photography classes 
facilitated by area artists and/or teachers
  • Spring lakefront community clean-up facilitated by South Jersey Land & Water Trust
    and Friends of Laurel Lake
  • Docent-guided Whitman pilgrimages facilitated by area Whitman scholars
Canoeing on the lake photograph by Dan Merton