Town of Patterson – 27.3 acres.
The Cifu Wetland Preserve is a 24.31-acre parcel on the west side of Farm-to-Market Road, opposite the Brandon Farm Preserve and also in Patterson. The western edge of the property borders the old train line that may one day become part of the rail trail system. This acreage has great value as a wetland property and was acquired with funds from the NAWCA grant in which PCLT partnered with Friends of the Great Swamp. This parcel has great importance for water fowl. Large numbers of ducks are often observed in this area.
When asked what made this property special to her, previous owner Anne Cifu said, “We owned the house and acreage as a summer place since the 70s, so the entire extended family is attached to it. My son was married there. He, his friends, cousins and my late husband (Dr. Robert Cifu) have spent many happy hours hiking, climbing and even ice skating on the land that is now part of your preserve. And we are looking forward to seeing your sign in the spring.”