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   New Jersey Conservation Foundation is committed to promoting discussion,  

    networking and knowledge sharing among land trusts, grassroots groups and other

    nonprofits involved in land preservation and stewardship.

    The New Jersey Land Trust Network meets throughout the year for presentations         and discussions on various topics including policy, fundraising, mapping, membership     and board development, and best practices. The Land Trust Network is a program of the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, supported by Victoria Foundation.



Thanks to volunteer Carolann Clark who designed the logo for the NJ Land Trust Network.  To learn more about her work, contact




2017 Workshops

How to Keep Farmers Farming in NJ:


Tools & Strategies for Addressing Land Access Challenges

Date & Time:
Thursday, November 30, 2017
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Duke Farm

$20 (lunch included)

Contact Laura:




New Jersey has some of the highest real estate values in the nation, but also boasts some of the best soils and access to markets for farmers. New Jersey is not alone in facing these challenges and using the successes and lessons learned from other states, we can develop a plan of action to do more to support a dwindling agricultural industry. Holly Rippon-Butler from the National Young Farmers Coalition will describe a menu of resources, tools and strategies that planning professionals, Agriculture Development Board members, and land conservation professionals can use to retain working farmland and make farmland affordable for the next generation of farmers. She will share case studies showing how the tools and strategies work. Attendees will participate in a roundtable discussion about specific needs and challenges faced in NJ and recommend next steps for action.

The workshop was organized in partnership with the Foodshed Alliance and
Monmouth Conservation Foundation.




Natural Lands Stewardship Workshop

A joint workshop of the New Jersey Recreation and Park Association and the NJ Land Trust Network



Date:  Thursday, December 7, 2017                                                                    Place:     The Watershed Center  

Registration:  8:30 - 9:00                                                                                                 31 Titus Mill Road

Workshops:  9:00 – 3:15                                                                                                  Pennington, NJ  08534

Site Tour:  3:15-4:30                                                                                         Cost:  $25/person (lunch included)                       


9:00 – 10:00

State Green Acres Stewardship Funding  Program

Martha Sapp, Director, Green Acres Program, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

Martha will provide an overview of Green Acres’ new stewardship funding grant program.  She will describe the program’s priorities and intent, eligible projects and candidates for funding, and future considerations for the program.

10:00– 11:00

 Public-Private Partnership Returns Farmland to Natural Area

Rick Lear, Director, Middlesex County Office of Parks and Recreation; Brian Cramer, GreenVest LLC 

Green Trust Alliance (GTA) and partners (Middlesex County, GreenVest LLC, and Princeton Hydro) obtained $3,855,690 from New Jersey Wetlands Mitigation Council In Lieu Fee program to implement the Middlesex County Wetland Restoration Project.  The project includes the restoration and enhancement of approximately 90 acres of impaired, freshwater wetland and upland buffer resources, located on properties owned, maintained and administered by the Middlesex County’s Office of Parks and Recreation.  Find out more about this unique public-private partnership for obtaining funding and implementing these projects.

11:00 – 11:15



Charting a Future for New Jersey’s Lands and Waters:   

Meet the Conservation Blueprint 

Laura Szwak, Director, Education & Outreach, New Jersey Conservation Foundation;  Eric Olsen, Director of  Land Conservation Programs, The Nature Conservancy; Dr. John Hasse, Rowan University. 

The NJ Conservation Blueprint is an online planning tool that can be used by managers to learn the natural resource values of their park or preserve and how the land fits into the built and natural environment around it. 

12:00 — 1:00


1:00 — 2:00

Engaging Volunteers in Stewardship Activities:  Pros & Cons                                              

Craig Harley, Senior Park Ranger, Department of Recreation & Community Services, Township of Plainsboro; Caroline Katmann, Executive Director, Sourland Conservancy

 The panel will describe how they engage volunteers to help with stewardship activities.  They will offer tips for success, challenges, and how they have addressed challenges.  The audience will be encouraged to share their stories.    

2:00 – 2:15


2:15 – 3:15

Trails:  Funding & Accessibility

Bill Foelsch, Chair, NJ Trails Council; Brandee Chapman, State Trails Coordinator, NJ Department of Environmental Protection; Peter Dolan, NJ Trails Coordinator, NY-NJ Trails Conference

Bill and Brandee will describe changes to the Recreational Trails Grant program.  Brandee will share new guidelines, regulations and eligibility that will govern the program starting in 2018.  Peter  will describe how trails must conform with the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). 


Tour of The Watershed Center for Environmental Advocacy, Science and Education and Trail

Attendees  will be invited on a guided tour of the new LEED-Platinum Center and to take a walk on the half-mile ADA accessible trail. 


Workshop hosted by The Watershed Institute


Sessions concluded

Diversity & Inclusion in Environmental OrganizationsWI                         August 8
Finance & HR Directors Roundtable                                                              February 15
To Gala or Not to Gala: Development Roundtable                                    March 3
Environmental Educators RoundtableWI                                                      March 9
Sustainable Farming & Food Systems (w/Foodshed Alliance)                  January 11

Sustainable Farming Road Trip (w/Foodshed Alliance                                May 15
Advocacy in a Hostile EnvironmentWI                                                           May 4


Share your issues and topics! 

Please contact Laura to suggest program or topic ideas, or if your organization would like to host a Land Trust Network meeting.
(; 908-997-0720)

Outdoor programs encouraged in warm weather seasons!



2016 Workshops


Environmental Advocacy:WI     January 26, Watershed Center, Pennington

Meadows Management:WI       February 17, Bamboo Brook, Far Hills

Working with Interns:WI             February 29, Watershed Center, Pennington

Learn NRCS Programs:WI            April 14, NRCS Offices, Somerset

Food Resiliency:                            June 7 & August 15 with Foodshed Alliance

GeoWeb Training: WI                   August 3, NJDEP Computer Lab

Unmanned Aerial Systems:        September 9, D&R Greenway Land Trust 

Working with the Press               September 26, Watershed Center, Pennington

Natural Lands Stewardship        December 1, Plainsboro Preserve





The Land Trust Network values our partnership with the Watershed Institute, a program of the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association.  Those workshops marked with  WI  are organized in partnership with the Watershed Institute. 



Updated October 13, 2017












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