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Causes: Environment, Land Resources Conservation, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Water, Water Resources, Wetlands Conservation & Management

Mission: Founded in 1981, The Land Conservancy of New Jersey is a member supported non-profit land trust whose mission is to preserve land and water resources, conserve open space, and inspire and empower individuals and communities to protect our natural land and environment.

Results: The Land Conservancy is known for forging partnerships with communities, businesses, government agencies, and other nonprofit organizations to provide the resources necessary to bring land projects to a successful conclusion. We have worked in 77 municipalities in 13 counties impacting over half of New Jersey's counties and benefiting millions of residents throughout the state. We have preserved over 18,000 acres of open space land in over 300 projects through our Land Preservation program. Through our Partners for Greener Communities program, we have completed 80 Open Space, Farmland Preservation, and Trails Plans and helped towns secure more than $216 million in county, state, and federal grants for their land conservation projects. More than 7800 volunteers from 87 different corporations have participated in our Partners for Parks program impacting over 20,000 acres of parkland in 10 counties. Our oldest running program is our Scholarship program. Since 1984, we have awarded $163,500 in scholarships to 42 outstanding New Jersey students helping build the next generation of future environmental leaders.

Geographic areas served: New Jersey

Programs: Land Preservation – is at the heart of our work preserving land to ensure: A plentiful supply of safe, clean drinking water; productive land for agriculture; sustainable land for wildlife and forests to thrive; and neighborhood parks and natural areas for people to walk, play and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. Partners for Greener Communities -- is the cornerstone of our work with municipalities and counties providing vital support to our land preservation efforts. The program fosters sustainable communities and offers technical assistance in open space planning, flood mitigation and land preservation to municipalities and counties throughout the state. Partners for Parks –our award winning stewardship program puts teams of volunteers from corporations and civic groups to work on community service projects in the parks. Scholarship Program – provides two annual scholarships to New Jersey college students pursuing careers in environmental preservation.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Land Conservancy of New Jersey is an accredited land trust. Accreditation means The Land Conservancy of New Jersey meets national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. The Land Conservancy of New Jersey 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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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have served on the Borough Council of the Borough of Peapack & Gladstone for many years, and have served the last 5 years as Mayor. Throughout my terms in office, it has been a great pleasure working with The Land Conservancy, with which the Borough has partnered since 1999. During that year, The Land Conservancy undertook the completion of our Open Space and Recreation Plan. Our partnership has been a very successful one by any standard. With the able assistance of The Land Conservancy, we have received 6 grants for open space and farmland preservation totalling @ $2.5 million from Somerset County, and $ 5,150,000 in grants from the New Jersey Green Acres program. If state farmland grants are included, the Borough, thanks to The Land Conservancy, has been awarded $ 11,325,000 in grant funds since 2000. Thanks also to The Land Conservancy's expertise, the Borough has also preserved 154 acres of pristine farmland, and is working on additional open space and farmland preservation projects. In addition, the Conservancy has done a masterful job of updating Farmland and related Plans.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a long time member of the East Hanover Environmental Commission, and 2011 Chairman, I can honestly say that The Land Conservancy of New Jersey has been one of the most valuable assets our township has. As a partner working together on our vision to enhance the community with every opportunity to take advantage of open space, historical recognition, environmental protection, planning, mapping, grants and communication, the conservancy, and in particular Barbra Heskins Davis have been spectacular. The fact that we unanimously contract yearly, at as I see a bargain rate, and that rate having not increased in 5 years is in itself testimony to their willingness to work together for our long term goals. The list of accomplishments is something our township can be proud of. The support, intelligence, expertise and professionalism of this group of dedicated individuals are second to none. I have asked them for much and have always been appreciative of their continued ability to be there and make things happen. I have learned much from them and it is a pleasure working with them. Above and beyond my township, my kudos to them has been expressed to others often at all levels of our County and States Representatives.


John Deep

Former member East Hanover Environmental Commission, 2011 Chairman
Past Director East Hanover Business Partnership
Member East Hanover Historical Society
Assistant Director Airport Operations United/Continental Airlines, Newark Intl Airport

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Land Conservancy of NJ is a dynamic and dedicated team of individuals, who work with the utmost professionalism and inspiring success rate. I have personally been involved, have seen their staff in action with my own eyes, and would be happy to partner with them again.

Review from Guidestar