Over the years, residents of the tri-state region have rallied to preserve unique tracts of land from development, contributing dollars to buy the properties before they are developed. The list is long and impressive: Valley Forge, Tinicum Marsh, a refuge for Cape May's migratory birds, the Nottingham Serpentine Barrens in Chester and Lancaster Counties.
The need has arisen again. Delhaas Woods is a 94-acre tract that is the largest and best remnant of the coastal plain forests that once existed across most of this area. While there are some coastal plain forests remaining in New Jersey, there are none equal to this in Pennsylvania. Located in densely populated Bristol Township, Bucks County, the tract contains rare and endangered plant species and many mature trees of unusual varieties.