Land Conservancy of New Jersey
19 Boonton Avenue
Boonton, NJ 07005
ContactMs. Barbara Heskins Davis
General operating support of preservation, stewardship, and municipal services programs that offer creative approaches to preserving land and water resources, restoring native forests, increasing local food accessibility, and caring for open space.
The Land Conservancy of New Jersey preserves land to ensure a plentiful supply of drinking water, farmland to provide food for local markets, and recreation lands to ensure healthy lifestyles. Our mission is to "preserve land and water resources, conserve open space, and inspire and empower individuals and communities to protect land and the environment." We have helped 100 government and private organizations preserve, steward and protect open space. In 2014, we helped purchase 47 flood ravaged homes in Woodbridge, 5 flooded homes in Pequannock and an additional 10 flooded homes are under contract for purchase in Oakland - communities under siege from ongoing, repetitive storms.
Our planning work has helped communities achieve Sustainable Jersey certification. Park Management Plans, Urban Street Tree Inventories, and Environmental Resource Inventories are documenting the status and capacity of our natural resources to support community infrastructure. We have written 113 plans, preserved 21,125 acres, completed 419 transactions in 59 towns, and helped government and private organizations receive $231,594,145 for land preservation.
Our land preservation work added 390 acres to our preserves in 2014. The Land Conservancy now manages 1,334 acres of land. The centerpiece of our restoration and land management program is the 405 acre South Branch Preserve. Located at the headwaters of the South Branch of the Raritan River, this watershed land services over 1.5 million state residents. The Community Garden is home to 145 plots and over 250 pounds of fresh produce was donated by our gardeners to the local food pantry this year.
As an accredited land trust, we perform our work at the highest professional and ethical standards, securing a sustainable future for our state. The five members of our senior management team have 65 years of combined experience. Key personnel are: David Epstein, President; Garden State Preservation Trust, Governor's Highlands Task Force, National Land Trust Leadership Council, President of Earth Share NJ, President of NJ Highlands Coalition and Treasurer of the Keep It Green Campaign. Barbara Heskins Davis, Vice President Programs, licensed planner, oversees our planning and stewardship program. Sandy Urgo, Land Preservation Director, is a former mayor who oversees our land preservation program.