New Jersey Conservation Foundation
170 Longview Road
Far Hills, NJ 07931
ContactMs. Laura Brown Szwak
To attract a diverse audience for the NJ Land Conservation Rally, an educational conference about open space and farmland preservation.
New Jersey Conservation Foundation is one of the nation's leading statewide land conservation organizations. Our mission is to preserve land and natural resources throughout New Jersey for the benefit of all. We work to safeguard water quality, protect the farms and soils that grow our food, restore healthy forests and wetlands, provide habitat for plants and animals, and offer healthy outdoor recreation opportunities for the public. To accomplish our mission, we employ five core strategies:
? Preserve land with important natural resource values;
? Steward and manage lands that we own to protect conservation values;
? Advocate for land conservation and defend present accomplishments;
? Educate to cultivate conservation leaders; and
? Sustain a strong and financially fit organization.
Our founders came together in 1960 to preserve what is now the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in Morris County, the first federally designated wilderness area east of the Mississippi. Since then, working with landowners, public agencies and other conservation partners, we have helped protect more than 125,000 acres of forest, farmland, wetlands and other natural ecosystems. We now manage more than 27,000 acres -- more land and conservation easements than any other nonprofit in New Jersey. We have been at the forefront of nearly every major initiative in the state related to land preservation, water quality and protection of natural resources. We have been instrumental in passing dozens of landmark environmental laws, including the Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act, the Agriculture Retention and Development Act, and the Pinelands and Highlands regional planning acts. During the past five decades, we have advocated forcefully against inappropriate development and the diversion of preserved lands to incompatible uses. We offer technical assistance, grants, advocacy and organizational support to the conservation community statewide and have helped foster the formation of many conservation groups across the state. Of the 106 conservation groups in New Jersey, we have partnered with 95 percent. And, we have convened the conservation community together for 20 years to network and learn in an annual Rally, a one-day educational conference about open space and farmland preservation.