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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




Private Equity Models:  


Success Stories Involving Land Trusts


Road Trip! 



Date:  Monday, May 15
Time:  8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Place:  Copake & Germantown, New York 

Meet at the Rockaway Mall in Rockaway, NJ to board a bus.

Cost:  $25 (for lunch & transport)
Register:  Contact... 

Journey to New York's Hudson Valley to learn about how land trusts, farmer advocates and private investors are helping emerging farmers gain access to productive farmland.  
From Rockaway Mall in Rockaway, NJ, we will travel to...
Copake Agricultural District, Columbia County  
Bob BernsteinNortheast Farm Access Managing Director, will talk about how his private equity firm teamed with land trusts to preserve farmland slated for development, revived sustainable agriculture, and brought vibrancy to the hamlet of Copake. 
Hearty Roots Farm, Germantown  
Lindsey Lusher ShuteNational Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) Co-Founder and Executive Director, will talk about NYFC's policy work and efforts to connect young farmers with land; 
Marissa Codey, Director of Conservation Programs, Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC), will talk about CLC's Landowner/Farmer Match Program successes; 
Jacob Israelow, Partner, Founder and Managing Director of Dirt Capital, will discuss another private equity approach to helping farmers access land in New York and New Jersey.  

Please share this announcement with others!  All participants must register.   

Thanks to the Foodshed Alliance  
and Ridge and Valley Conservancy
for organizing this program.

Questions?  Contact... 


2017 Workshops


Session topics under development

Next Generation LeadersWI

Partnerships with Financial Advisors (w/D&R Greenway Land Trust)

Diversify the Business of Land ConservationWI

How to Communicate SustainabilityWI

Advocacy in a Hostile EnvironmentWI

Land Conservation and Partnerships with Environmental Justice

Mapping Conservation Priorities (w/The Nature Conservancy, Rowan University)

Natural Lands Stewardship Workshop (w/NJ Recreation & Park Association)


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 Programs


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  will be organized in partnership with the Watershed Institute. 




Updated April 10, 2017












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