Nature Conservancy


200 Pottersville Road
Chester, NJ 07930
County: Morris


Ms. Jane Pelson Miller

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General operating support to advance the health and resilience of New Jersey's land and water for the benefit of people and nature.

Organization Background

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 35 countries.

Active in New Jersey since 1955, the Conservancy has helped protect 55,000 acres of natural land, manages a network of nature preserves and has over 30,000 members statewide. Key conservation focuses--conserving critical natural places, restoring our state's great rivers and watersheds, transforming management of our coasts, developing green solutions to make our cities and towns more resilient and livable, and inspiring action to reduce carbon emissions--are achieved by protecting and restoring natural systems, using nature sustainably, collaborating with government and private partners, broadening the constituency for conservation and strengthening organizational effectiveness. The Chapter uses land acquisition, land management, scientific, economic and social science research, conservation 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, Assistant State Director, a conservation scientist with more than 20 years' experience in government and nonprofit sectors; Tom Wells, Director of Government Relations, whose career has included heading the New Jersey Green Acres program; and Carrie VanDusen, Director of Philanthropy, whose previous position was at NJ PAC and who brings substantial fundraising management and major gifts experience to the Chapter.

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