200 Pottersville Road
Chester, NJ 07930
ContactDr. Barbara Brummer, Ph.D.
For general operating support to protect and improve New Jersey's natural lands and waters, and green the human environments that impact them.
Working locally and globally to protect natural systems for nature and people, the Conservancy's mission is 'to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.' Using science and collaborative approaches to achieve tangible, lasting results, since 1951 the Conservancy has helped protect and manage more than 120 million acres and more than 5,000 miles of river worldwide. Today, we work in every state in the U.S. and more than 30 countries.
Active in New Jersey since 1955, the Conservancy has helped protect 55,000 acres of natural land, manages 33 preserves and has over 24,000 members statewide. Key conservation focuses--Conserving Critical Lands, Securing Freshwater, Restoring Oceans, and Reducing Impacts of Climate Change--are achieved by protecting and restoring natural systems, using nature sustainably, broadening the constituency for conservation and strengthening organizational effectiveness. The Chapter uses land acquisition, land management, research, planning and government relations to achieve its goals both within the state and within two Whole Systems: the Delaware River and Bay and the Mid-Atlantic Seascape.
The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey is led by Dr. Barbara Brummer, State Director, a scientist with a prior successful career in the private sector. Key management staff include Bob Allen, Director of Conservation Programs, a conservation scientist with more than 19 years' experience in government and nonprofit sectors; Tom Wells, Director of Government Relations, whose career has included heading the Green Acres program; and Carrie VanDusen, Director of Philanthropy, who brings substantial fundraising management and major gifts experience to the Chapter.