New Jersey Conservation Foundation

Rating: 5 stars   2 reviews

Issues: Animals, Environment, Water

Location: 170 Longview Rd Far Hills NJ 07931 USA

Mission: The mission of New Jersey Conservation Foundation is to preserve New Jersey''s land and natural resources for the benefit of all.
Programs: Land cquisition: recently acquired land in West Milford, Wickecheoke Creek Preserve (Stockton area), Gloucester, Atlantic and Salem counties that are critical for water, open space and productive farmland.Stewardship:at the Franklin Parker Preserve in the pine barrens, we are conducting prescribed burns to reduce catastrophic fires; restoring Atlantic White Cedar; developing a 10-year management plan, wetlands restoration, and providing public access.Policy: working on the Highlands Regional Master Plan and Emergency Highlands Rules; co-leading efforts to renew the Garden State Preservation Trust; working with the NJ Office of Smart growth on a proposed series of planning area changes in the Delaware Bayshore regionto re-designate ecologically important areas from suburban planning areas to environmentally sensitive planning.Garden State Greenways, which ties together NJCF's core programs of land acquisition, stewaradship, public policy and strategic partners by providing visual and quantitative information for planning for land conservation organizations, non-conservation groups, and state and local governments.Farmland preservation in the Highlands for which we received $1 million from the State Agriculture Development Committee for use in the Musconetcong Valley in Warren County.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Highly professional staff and strong board. NJCF celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2010, while completing 46 land transactions. Just completed a 1,100 acre wetlands restoration project in the Pinelands, the largest project on the East coast, and won the Governor's award. NJCF owns more than 20,000 acres, and has helped preserve more than 120,000 state-wide, roughly 5-1/2 times the size of Manhattan. We will have bought or helped preserve over 1,100 more acres by the end of 2011.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have been very active as President of the Board.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue to look for diverse board representation and expand our efforts in the Camden area.

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Rating: 5 stars  

NJCF is the most influential land trust in NJ. Virtually every other group in the state comes to NJCF for help/advice when structuring land deals, stewardship, legal issues, or advocacy. NJCF has helped preserve over 120,000 acres of farm and open space, working across the entire state - no other group does that. We own land or easements totaling 20,000 acres, including the massive 9,400 Franklin Parker Preserve in the Pinelands. 2010 marks our 50th anniversary ni the business of land preservation. See www.njconservation.org for more info, the NJCF page on Facebook, or call 888-526-3728 (888-LAND-SAVE) to volunteer or join.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Five years of Board participation - many acres preserved, progess in Camden, helped pass Green Acres bond issue, huge progress on easement legal defense issues, organizing the annual NJ Conservation Rally, plus countless educational and fun opportunities through our "Walks & Talks" program,to name a few.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue to help raise their visibility as the land trust leader in the state, including increasing membership and volunteer participation. Because we work state-wide, we are in everybody's "back yard", not just where our HQ is located.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

From a former Board president.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Achieve Land Trust Alliance accredidation while continuing "business as usual" to the greatest extent possible.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Permanent funding source for purchase of open space, farm land, etc.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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