Morris Canal Working Group

Morris Canal Working Group meetingThe goal of the Morris Canal Working Group (MCWG) is to preserve, to the greatest extent possible, the former Morris Canal right of way for conversion into a public greenway. The MCWG, which currently has over 150 members representing nonprofit organizations and federal, state, county and local governments, aims to coordinate current and future plans for the corridor. Membership is open to all interested parties.

Additional objectives include:
  • Building stakeholder support across the state
  • Raising awareness of this historic resource
  • Creating a forum and/resource for stakeholders
  • NJTPA logo
    Determining the interest level for preservation statewide

The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority formed the MCWG in 2012 to bring stakeholders together in an open forum to discuss this important transportation resource. The NJTPA has provided grant funding for planning studies of the canal route.

Get Involved

The Morris Canal Working Group welcomes participation from all interested groups and members of the public. Stakeholders can get involved in the following ways:

  • Join the Morris Canal Working Group (meets approximately 2-3 times per year)
  • Serve on a Morris Canal Working Group committee
  • Attend municipal outreach meetings
  • Help promote the Morris Canal Greenway

MCWG Mission Statement

To preserve and enhance the historic Morris Canal route, a national engineering and transportation treasure, and the cultural landscape through which it passes in a manner that interconnects communities and links heritage tourism points of interest by serving as a near continuous greenway of open space across the northern New Jersey region; preserve the canal’s scenic, recreational, and historic resources, recognizing the role it plays in sustaining and improving the quality of life for New Jersey residents and attracting economic growth; tell the story of life along the canal, its influence on past events and its relevance to today’s society to support education and foster community pride and preservation; highlight its distinctive mountain climbing characteristics and the ingenious use of inclined planes; and provide convenient urban, suburban and rural access to a trail for non-motorized transportation.