In 2002, Friends for the Marsh was organized in support of preservation of the Marshlands, following a recommendation of the Hamilton/Trenton Marsh Management Plan –1999, which was published by the Hamilton/Trenton Marsh Management Plan Committee and coordinated by Delaware & Raritan Greenway (now known as D&R Greenway Land Trust).
Since then, the Friends for the Abbott Marshlands have organized and sponsored a variety of programs, including field and canoe trips, trail maintenance and clean-up activities, symposia, and Voices for the Marsh juried photography shows. ‘Ebb & Flow: 10,000 Years at the Hamilton – Trenton – Bordentown Marsh’, an exhibit shown at D&R Greenway Land Trust in 2010 featured the Voices for the Marsh show.
Friends for the Abbott Marshlands worked together with the other partners to develop the Cooperative Stewardship Plan – Hamilton – Trenton – Bordentown Marsh 2010, a blueprint for Marshlands stewardship and management. Friends for the Abbott Marshlands is also a member of the Marshlands Cooperative Stewardship Council, whose charge is to assist in implementing this plan.
The name for the Friends was changed to Friends for the Abbott Marshlands in 2011 to acknowledge the branding initiative designed to bring attention to the historical and natural significance of the area.
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