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Causes: Animals, Environment, Land Resources Conservation, Protection of Endangered Species, Water, Water Resources, Wetlands Conservation & Management

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

New Jersey Conservation Foundation is an accredited land trust. Accreditation means New Jersey Conservation Foundation meets national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. New Jersey Conservation Foundation has demonstrated to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission its commitment to excellence. Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. These land trusts demonstrate their commitment to excellence by adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices, the ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust, and meeting the accreditation requirements drawn from them. Learn More: http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/about.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.