Mission: Ridge and valley conservancy preserves and protects natural areas within the appalachian valley and ridge region of northwestern new jersey, including forests, meadows, wetlands, watercourses, farmlands and historic sites. We serve the public interest by protecting open space for ecological, recreational, aesthetic, agricultural and cultural purposes. The conservancy acquires important lands and easements by purchase or donation, manages land for the benefit of nature and the public, assists in the stewardship of public lands, and advises landowners as to ecologically sound land management. Ridge and valley conservancy is a non-profit corporation established exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes.
Programs: The organization uses grants and donations to acquire land and easements on environmentally sensitive properties. Currently owning 1,175 acres of preserved land in fee, holding conservation easements on 1,002, and holding farmland easements on 86 acres, ridge and valley conservancy also stewards its land, monitors its easements, and enforces the terms and conditions of those easements.
Ridge and Valley Conservancy is an accredited land trust. Accreditation means Ridge and Valley Conservancy meets national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Ridge and Valley Conservancy 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.