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First Wednesday Luncheon: The Watchung Reservation - Our Forest Treasure

  • Echo Lake Country Club 515 Springfield Avenue Westfield, NJ, 07090 United States (map)

As part of the Westfield Historical Society’s First Wednesday Luncheon series, Ann DeCamp, Billy Toth and Charles Weltner will be presenting a talk on The Watchung Reservation: Our Forest Treasure on June 6, 2018. The event will begin at 11:45 AM at the Echo Lake Country Club, located at 515 Springfield Avenue, Westfield.

The Watchung Reservation is an oasis in the densely populated Union County. It was designed nearly 100 years ago by the Olmsted Brothers as a link in the chain of county parks throughout Union County and is the largest forested Union County Park. Ann, Billy and Charles have become three of the many stewards who have helped face obstacles to the preservation of this forested gem and the natural resources that it holds. They will outline their journey in acting to preserve the forest and wildlife of the Watchung Reservation including their recent success in helping to prevent mountain biking through the forest trails.

Ann DeCamp is a former research scientist and retired corporate pharmaceutical executive who has a lifelong interest in botany and native plants. She holds a doctorate in organic chemistry. In retirement, Dr. DeCamp enjoys photography, gardening and advocating for the Watchung Reservation and other Olmsted parks.

Billy Toth is an independent AIA, NCARD, LEED-AP Architect practicing in Plainfield. Previously he was Principal Architect with Bol Architecture in Berkeley Heights. Mr. Toth serves on the Plainfield Planning Board, he maintains a section of the Appalachian Trail and enjoys rock climbing, hiking and bicycling.

Charles Weltner is an attorney, admitted in Georgia and New Jersey, and practices litigation, estates and estate planning. He resides in Plainfield and has served on the Board of the Plainfield Symphony since 2007. Mr. Weltner enjoys gardening, hiking and motorcycling.

Those wishing to attend the luncheon may make a reservation by calling or emailing Carol at 908-654-1794; Payment must be received by noon Friday, June 1st, 2018. Please indicate if there are special dietary instructions. The luncheon fee of $35 (WHS members) or $40 (non-members) includes a three-course meal, coffee/tea, and gratuity. The luncheon fee may be mailed to Westfield Historical Society, P.O. Box 613, Westfield, NJ  07091; or paid online at Westfield Historical Society memberships will also be available at the luncheon.

Echo Lake Country Club is at 515 Springfield Ave, Westfield, NJ. For Echo Lake County Club dress code information, visit:

The Westfield Historical Society is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Since 1968, the 501(c)(3) non-profit Westfield Historical Society has worked to preserve, interpret and encourage interest in history, Westfield, and its residents through educational efforts and community outreach programs.

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