Tree farmer brings positive change to one of Vernon's oldest roads

VERNON.Farm's new owner plans 'active and productive' enterprise


Make text smaller Make text larger



Photos



  • The rubble of a vacant house awaits removal from the property of the new Wawayanda Tree Farm on Barrett Road in Vernon.










By Janet Redyke

Barrett Road is one of Vernon’s older roads in the township. A sign on the road warns that it’s unique construction dates back to the horse and carriage days. Typically, cars ignore the speed limit warning and tend to misjudge many of its treacherous curves. It’s littered and mistreated, but the road may be getting some positive assistance.

Elmer Platz, a local resident for 44 years, purchased the Ritzer family 42-acre farm on Barrett Road in June of 2018 and has begun the arduous clean-up of the property with the plan of establishing the Wawayanda Tree Farm. He is currently demolishing the rotted, rundown 1900s house on the site and will remove a black walnut tree that is dangerously near the road. According to Platz, the acreage will remain open with no plans for any building. Platz, a tree farmer since 1984, has a mission for the property.

“The entire property will be restored to an active and productive tree farming enterprise,” he stated.

With the purchase of the former vacant property, Platz has nothing but a positive future for it.

“It will be actively managed under the Woodland Management Plan approved by the NJ Forest Service,” explained Platz.

That means devoted timber stand improvements, as well as, wildlife and non-native plant management.

Platz is also looking into growing saw timber trees like walnut, ash, oak and cherry to be harvested for lumber. The farm will also participate in the Hazelnut Program sponsored by the Rutgers Extension. Hazelnuts will be grown for the Ferrero- Roche Company.

The tree farmer also strives to establish an arboretum on the property with the hopes of bringing in the community and visitors to see the actual workings and beauty of the tree farm.

Originally, the area was settled and worked by Dutch immigrants, the new Wawayanda Tree Farm is bordered by the Double Kill, Kill being the Dutch word for creek.

#






Make text smaller Make text larger

Comments

Pool Rules



MUST READ NEWS

Centenary Stage Co. to present Jesus Christ Superstar
Centenary Stage Company’s second annual Summer Musical Theatre Series continues Aug. 1-11 with Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice’s iconic rock musical, Jesus Christ...
Read more »
Image

Miners' Duncan named pitcher of the week
Sussex County Miners right-handed pitcher Frank Duncan was named the Can-Am League's pitcher of the week on July 8.
Duncan had two excellent outings for the first-place...

Read more »

State names new dental director
The New Jersey Department of Health today announced a new Dental Director for the State of New Jersey.
The appointment of Dr. Darwin K. Hayes, DDS, MHA, FAGD, marks the first...

Read more »

Honor Roll: High Point Regional High School
Marking Period 4
High Honor Roll
Grade 9
Elisabeth Ahrendt
Talia Aulisi
Hailey Barron
Lindsey Barton
Kylie Bork
Andrew Brevot
Emily...

Read more »

VIDEOS



Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Community Newspapers



MOST READ

Obituaries
Glenn Erik Kelly
  • Jul 12, 2019
Local News
Dog run gives pets and owners a break
  • Jul 17, 2019
Entertainment
National Cowboy Day
  • Jul 17, 2019

MOST COMMENTED



Find more about Weather in Lafayette, NJ