Archive for March 2023

Stronger rules needed to protect NJ’s public lands

By Tom Gilbert, Co-Executive Director New Jersey is the most urbanized and densely-populated state, which is why residents need a top-notch open space preservation program. With the enthusiastic support of voters, the state Green Acres Program has helped protect more than 1.5 million acres since 1961. Billions of taxpayer dollars have been invested in providing…

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Spring is here! What’s happening in nature?

“Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!”  – Sitting Bull Now that days are longer and temperatures are warming, many nature lovers share Sitting Bull’s joy. It’s time to get outdoors and enjoy this marvelous…

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Affordable farmland program takes root in Garden State

By Alison Mitchell, Co-Executive Director As organic growers and educators, Newark residents Akirah and Mancoba Hlatshwako are on a mission to provide healthy foods for their community, teach others how to grow their own food, and create green jobs. But when they looked for land to start their own farm and educational nonprofit, they learned…

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A new roadmap for protecting NJ’s public forests

By Tom Gilbert, Co-Executive Director New Jersey is the most densely populated and developed state, with an average of more than 1,200 residents per square mile. It’s the only state in which every county is deemed “urban” by the U.S. Census Bureau. Yet, 40 percent of this state we’re in – about 2 million acres…

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Outdoor recreation: Tell the state what you want!

By Jay Watson, Co-Executive Director Do you enjoy spending time outdoors at New Jersey’s parks, nature preserves, recreation areas, beaches and other open-air places? If so, how can your experience be improved? If you don’t get outside much, what can be done to make outdoor recreation more accessible and appealing? The New Jersey Department of…

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