Land Conservancy of New Jersey
19 Boonton Avenue
Boonton, NJ 07005
ContactMr. David J. Epstein
For general operating support to preserve land and water, restore landscapes, and care for public open spaces.
The Land Conservancy 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 106 government and private organizations preserve, steward and protect open space. In 2015, we preserved 16 properties, of which 9 were farms. Our work with Woodbridge led to 39 homeowners receiving buyouts this year, resulting in 118 families that have been removed from harm's way. This year, Green Acres requested our assistance in putting together their 2017 Forest Legacy application. If successful, it will help fund 15 properties totaling 1,000 acres within the Rockaway River watershed area of the Highlands, one of our prime focus areas.
Our planning work has helped towns document the status and capacity of their natural resources to support community infrastructure balanced with healthy lifestyles choices. We have written 117 plans, preserved 21,915 acres in 59 towns, and helped government and private organizations receive $235,386,281 for land preservation.
The Land Conservancy owns and manages 1,114 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 land services over 1.5 million state residents. We are transforming the former corn fields to native forest, Community Garden, bee pollinator habitat, butterfly meadows, and a farm to support those in our community who do not have enough to eat.
As an accredited land trust, we perform our work at the highest professional and ethical standards, securing a sustainable future for our state. Our senior management team includes David Epstein, President (National Land Trust Leadership Council, President NJ Highlands Coalition, Treasurer Keep It Green Campaign), Barbara Heskins Davis, Vice President Programs (leads our accreditation team, licensed planner), Sandy Urgo, Land Preservation Director (former two-term mayor), and Christi Kobus Rokicki, Development Director (Lead New Jersey, former Executive Director NJ Chapter Huntington's Disease Society of America).