The Property and the Organizers:
In 1985 a group of sportsmen leased a large piece of property in Woodland Township, Burlington
County, to use as a bird-hunting club.The original 25 members began hunting operations in the
Fall of that year. Over the ensuing years, the membership gradually evolved, but the core group of
organizers remained and provided direction and stability.
Improvement of the Property:
The organizers and members did a great deal of work on the property to improve it as an upland-hunting venue. They engaged woodcutters to clear fields,
which they then burned and planted in food and cover crops. They built a network of stocking roads to make more of the property accessible and to spread out the birds and the hunters.
A professional forester was engaged to assist in planning the future of the property and obtaining
special status such as U.S. Forest Stewardship
Tree Farm and Woodland Township/Pinelands forest improvement programs.
Attempts to Purchase the Property:
With such an investment in time, effort and money there was always a concern about the potential loss of the property. The organizers explored purchasing the property for many years - without success. Finally, in the Fall of 2001, the landowner agreed to sell. The land was purchased by its present owners, Woodland Partners, LLC.