Monmouth Conservation Foundation


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


Mrs. Amanda M. Brockwell

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General operating support to protect open space, create parks, preserve farmland, and safeguard waterways throughout Monmouth County.

Organization Background

Founded in 1977 by the late Michael Huber and Judith Stanley Coleman, MCF received accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission in 2014 and has collaboratively preserved more than 22,500 acres of open space and farmland throughout Monmouth County.

Just as nature adapts to a changing environment, MCF adapts to the shifting conservation needs of Monmouth County. Through keen observation, MCF addresses those shifting conservation needs, remaining steadfast in carrying out its mission for the past 39 years. Projects include new suburban and urban parks, significant park additions, farmland preservation, habitat protection, and public access to waterways.

Although acquisition remains MCF's primary focus, we are simultaneously expanding advocacy, outreach, and program roles, in response to a changing conservation environment. At the heart of MCF's mission is connecting people with nature -- the challenge is finding ways to communicate the critical value of conservation and the environment, and the ways it directly impacts the lives of individuals.

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, playing a leading role in instituting a stable source of funding for open space, farmland, and historic preservation. Kastning's areas of expertise include planning, zoning regulation, and land preservation.

Amanda Brockwell serves as Deputy Executive Director and is responsible for increasing outreach, developing programs, and enhancing organizational infrastructure. Brockwell is an experienced program administrator specializing in land acquisitions, food system planning, environmental advocacy, and easement stewardship.

Lisa McKean, MCF's Managing Director of Marketing and Development, leads marketing, development communications, and public relations 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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