Hunterdon Land Trust
Historic Dvoor Farm
111 Mine Street
Flemington, NJ 08822
ContactMs. Patricia Ruby
To ensure that the rural character of Hunterdon County is maintained for future generations, the Hunterdon Land Trust preserves land, acts as stewards of natural and cultural resources, promotes a strong rural economy by supporting the local food system, and engages the public through outreach and education. Although our work is based in Hunterdon County, its impact extends beyond the region and is amplified through partnerships across New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania.
The mission of the Hunterdon Land Trust is to preserve the rural character and natural resources of Hunterdon County, New Jersey. The Land Trust was founded in 1996 by a group of volunteers concerned with the negative effects of increasing sprawl and the loss of important natural resources and rural landscapes in Hunterdon County. Thanks to their commitment to the natural beauty and environmental health of the county, the Land Trust has matured from its original all-volunteer structure into a professional organization with a staff of eight.
As the organization has evolved, so has its role within the community. In addition to being a leader in land preservation, the Hunterdon Land Trust has become an innovative steward of natural and cultural resources, specifically the historic Dvoor Farm, and a respected community partner working on local food systems. The Land Trust has the following core programs: preserving land, stewarding natural and cultural resources, promoting a strong rural economy and engaging the public through outreach and education. While we have focused this past year on improving our outreach to grow our community of supporters who not only understand the threats to our quality of life but are armed to combat them, these core programs work in tandem to preserve and maintain the rural character of our community.
The staff running these programs is comprised of a full time Executive Director, Land Acquisition and Stewardship Director, Land Steward, Director of Cultural Resources and Administrator, as well as a part time Finance Director, Director of Development and Director of Outreach.
Patricia Ruby was hired in 2012 as the organization's second Executive Director. She comes to the land trust from the Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey where she served as program manager of the award-winning Sustainable Jersey program. In addition to working with the NJ Sustainable State Institute at Rutgers University, she has experience with several land trusts including the Lamington Conservancy and the Raritan Headwaters Association. She holds a Master's Degree in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies where she focused on planning, policy and sustainable development.