Appalachian National Scenic Trail Tract 303-08

The property line in question was located on a portion of Wawayanda Mountain, which is covered by large rocks and boulders amid mature forest. The average grade up much of the mountain is about 40%. The National Park Service requested this task order when an approximately 500-ft boundary discrepancy was found between Appalachian Trail property and adjoining private property. The property line in question was located on a portion of Wawayanda Mountain, which is covered by large rocks and boulders amid mature forest. The average grade up much of the mountain is about 40%. This steep grade, combined with the rocky forest floor made traversing extremely difficult.

In order to determine the boundary line location, Erdman Anthony established the chain of title for the subject and adjoining properties back to colonial times. Research was performed at the New Jersey State Archives (Trenton) and the New Jersey Historical Society (Newark), which led to the recovery of Survey Returns by the Surveyor General for the Proprietors of East New Jersey dating as far back as 1773. Fieldwork included GPS reconnaissance to recover evidence of stone walls and stone piles possibly over 200 years old.

Close coordination between Erdman Anthony and the adjoining property owner was necessary throughout the project due to the sensitive nature and magnitude of the boundary discrepancy. Final deliverables included a boundary survey map and detailed report.

Project Details

Location

Vernon Township, NJ

Owner

U.S. National Park Service

Project Contact

Bryan Merritt, PSM/LS
  • Bryan Merritt, PSM/LS
  • 561-753-9723 x 6017
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