• Fulmer Falls at George W. Childs Park

    Delaware Water Gap

    National Recreation Area NJ,PA

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  • Hornbecks Creek Trail Partial Closure

    The trail is closed between the first and second waterfall; a portion of the trail has sloughed off, causing a hazardous condition. The first waterfall is accessible from the 209 trailhead and the second waterfall is accessible from Emory Road.

Agricultural Permits (Farm Fields)

Farming the Park

With nearly 3,000 acres in agricultural production, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area leads the national park system in the number of acres farmed.

Agriculture plays a very important role in managing the landscape of the recreation area. Without farming, the fields would quickly turn into forest, and farmed fields are part of the cultural landscape -- how the area of the park appeared historically.

The park issues permits for "ag" fields to area farmers through multi-year contracts. In addition to the croplands, farmers have the responsibility of keeping other lands open for wildlife, usually by mowing every couple of years or planting native grasses. Thus, agriculture provides habitat for wildlife.

In order to protect the land from pesticide use, erosion, and other problems associated with modern-day farming practices, farmers must follow a conservation plan developed in consultation with the Natural Resource Conservation Service.

Our farmers provide valuable services to the park. They keep open areas open, they use their own equipment to help the park complete projects like planting native grasses, and they perpetuate a nearly 1,000-year-old tradition of agriculture in this scenic river valley. Wildlife, birdwatchers, hunters, and park visitors in general all enjoy the benefits of the recreation area's agricultural leasing program.

The agricultural leasing program is managed through the recreation area's Division of Research and Resource Planning in Milford PA. For further information call (570) 296-6952 or e-mail.

 

Feature articles:
Agriculture in the Park (1989) | Farming the Park (2000) | Corn, an American Native (2000)

Did You Know?

A bear peeking out from cornstalks.

... that Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is home to hundreds of black bears. The bears are usually peaceful, but they are still large, wild animals that can maul a person. Don't approach or annoy bears! Don't let your dog chase a mother bear or her cubs! NEVER FEED A BEAR! More...