Plainsboro Preserve may turn over a new leaf

By: Shanay Cadette
   PLAINSBORO — A leaf will figure prominently in the new entryway to the Plainsboro Preserve Nature & Education Center.
   At least that’s what township officials would prefer to see featured on the sign at the Scotts Corner Road center.
   The preserve — opened last summer — is situated on more than 1,000 acres that include McCormack Lake and a 6,500-square-foot center that houses classrooms and offices. Various educational programs are also held at the preserve.
   Construction of the center, run by the NJ Audubon Society, was funded by nearly $1.3 million in private donations and special state and federal grants.
   Officials said they are optimistic corporate sponsors will agree to foot the $40,000 to $50,000 construction bill for the sign and gated entry at the preserve.
   A temporary sign is currently at the entrance.
   Township Committeeman Ed Yates said a group of township officials and architectural staff considered three designs that feature a bird, stones or a leaf on the main sign and a leaf or birds in flight on the steel front gate to the preserve. All of the proposed designs are displayed on a green background on the main sign, along with a stone base and a cedar post. The sign is expected to read "Plainsboro Preserve, Township of Plainsboro, County of Middlesex, New Jersey Audubon Society."
   The preferred design seems to be the one that incorporates a leaf for both the sign and entranceway, with some minor changes. The Township Committee will vote on a design at its Jan. 28 meeting.