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
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
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.
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