Mission: The mission of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance is to preserve the resources of the New Jersey Pinelands through advocacy and education. The New Jersey Pinelands is a vast ecosystem of 1.1 million acres located in the southern part of the state. PPA''s staff and volunteers advocate for sustainable land use in the region by attending meetings at local, regional and state level. They also educate others about the importance of the ecosystem through field trips, excursions, presentations and other outreach activities.
Programs: The Pinelands Preservation Alliance has a number of advocacy related programs including a water resources protection program and a landscape protection program which includes work to highlight and protect the threatened and endangered species at risk in the Pinelands. The Pinelands Watch activist program encourages people to engage in activities that will protect the ecosystem. PPA's education and outreach programs include Pinelands Adventures - a program of hikes, canoe trips, camping trips and jersey devil hunts; Inside the Pinelands - a newsletter published every two months outlining our issues and actions; and Pinelands Summer Institute for high school and middle school teachers.
I have been involved with PPA for several years and a member of the board of trustees for more than a year. Charity Navigator's (2011) rating of PPA is out of date and completely inconsistent with the organization that I know. In my view it is a five star organization. If you are interested in supporting ongoing protection of New Jersey's Pine Barrens, which remains threatened by development, then PPA is a very worthwhile organization to support. If you have any questions about Charity Navigator's current rating, please contact PPA's Executive Director Carleton Montgomery. PPA is completely transparent about its funding sources and operations, and a very active board has oversight and input on all aspects of the organization.