Monmouth Conservation Foundation

Address

P.O. Box 4150
Middletown, NJ 07748
County: Monmouth

Contact

Ms. Heather Keefe

Grant Amount

$20,000

Program Area

Environment

Focus

Grant Details

General operating support for open space, parkland, and farmland preservation and stewardship efforts in Monmouth County.

Organization Background

MCF is a land trust that collaboratively has preserved more than 22,500 acres of open space and farmland throughout Monmouth County. The organization was founded in 1977 by the late Michael Huber and Judith Stanley, lifelong County residents and passionate conservationists.

For 38 years, MCF has remained steadfast in its mission to acquire, hold, preserve, and protect farmland, open space, and natural habitat throughout the County.

Last year, the Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded accreditation to MCF, which joined a select group of 317 nationwide accredited land trusts.

To date, MCF directly has preserved more than 6,500 acres of County land. Through strategic partnerships, MCF has preserved more than 16,000 acres of County land. Projects include new suburban and urban parks, significant park additions, farmland preservation, habitat protection, and public access to waterways.

MCF is led by Executive Director William D. Kastning, a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and former Millstone Township Committeeman. He is a past Project Manager with the NJ DEP Green Acres Program and previously served as Director for Planning and Codes in Denton, Maryland.

Kastning is a driving force behind the NJ Keep It Green Coalition, which achieved a monumental milestone last November with the passage of a constitutional amendment instituting a stable source of funding for open space, farmland, and historic preservation. Kastning's areas of expertise include comprehensive planning, zoning regulation, and land preservation.

In early 2015, MCF created the new position of Deputy Executive Director and hired Amanda Brockwell, who served previously as a lead Preservation Program Coordinator and Agriculture Resource Specialist for Monmouth County. Brockwell is an experienced program administrator specializing in land acquisitions, local food system planning, environmental advocacy, and easement stewardship. She is responsible for increasing outreach, developing programs, and enhancing organizational infrastructure.

Lisa McKean, MCF's Managing Director of Marketing and Development, leads all marketing, communications, and development initiatives. She has extensive knowledge and experience in marketing, brand development, event marketing, promotion, and program creation/implementation.

Jena Cosimo, the Director of Acquisitions, is responsible for all preservation activities, including acquisitions, easement monitoring, and stewardship.

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