In 2009, there was a proposal for a massive truck hub in Franklin Township, Warren County. Essentially an extension of Port Newark, the plans called for more than 1000 tractor trailers a day to come through Bloomsbury and Franklin Township, threatening the federally designated Wild and Scenic Musconetcong River and the surrounding watershed, and forever changing the bucolic area in which we live. Local residents responded by uniting to form the Skylands Preservation Alliance, delivering the clear message that this type of project l is inappropriate for this part of the Skylands’ Region in terms of environmental safety, traffic safety, infrastructure capacity, and quality of life. Through our concerted efforts with the help of many friends, neighbors, local environmental non-profits and municipal government, this project was thwarted.
Since then, the blight of large, industrial truck transfer warehouses has been spreading swiftly along the I-78 corridor in nearby Lehigh Valley, and is again threatening our area.
In 2019, another project came to the fore: a proposed million plus square feet warehouse with daily traffic from 300 employees and numerous tractor trailers, located on the Tobias Farm, across from the Musconetcong River. This project, too, would negatively impact Bloomsbury and Franklin Township with increased traffic, increased emissions, toxic runoff into the river, and the industrialization of farmland. And so, again, we are organizing to protect our home and our way of life.
Another similar project has been proposed by Jaindl Farms in White Township: another massive warehouse to be built on farmland adjoining the beautiful and historic Foul Rift section of the Wild and Scenic Delaware River.
If you moved to this area for the wildlife, the farms, the balloons, the rivers, the small town life and rural peace, be aware that these treasures are in jeopardy. We ask like-minded residents to join us in raising awareness about the reality of what these and other projects would mean to our community and to help us send our message to the developers, the townships, and to the counties: projects like these are inappropriate for the Skylands’ region.