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