New Jersey Land Trust Network

NJ Land Trust Network

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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



December 4, 9-4, Orientation Center at Duke Farms, 1112 Dukes Parkway, West, Hillsborough, $35



New Research Informs Management of Natural Lands

Bats:  David Wheeler, Executive Director; Ethan Gilardi, biologist, Conserve Wildlife Foundation.  The presenters will share findings from bat research to help managers protect this imperiled species.

Turtles:  Dr. Lisa Ferguson, Director of Research and Conservation, Wetlands Institute.  Dr. Ferguson will discuss her research on turtles and how her findings can inform managers how to best steward natural lands for turtles.

Connecting Habitat Across NJ

Gretchen Fowles, Brian Zarate, MacKenzie Hal, NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife; Betsy McShane, NRCS.  Panelists will discuss CHANJ, a project to make NJ’s landscapes and roadways more permeable for terrestrial wildlife by identifying key areas and actions needed to achieve habitat connectivity.  The CHANJ tools give land managers, transportation planners, conservation groups, and the public a way to visualize New Jersey's habitat connectivity and to catalyze actions and inform planning.  Betsy will describe how NRCS is using the tools in their decision making.

Return of the Natives--Replacing Invasive Plants with Native Species

Kelli Kovacevic, Morris County Park Commission; Kevin Corrigan, Monmouth County Park System; Jennifer Rogers, Mercer County Park Commission.  The panel will discuss mini-case studies on projects to restore native plants to replace invasive plants.

Using Soil Science to Manage Natural Lands

Richard Shaw, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)  A soil scientist will demonstrate Web Soil Survey and show how land managers can use information from this online resource to manage natural lands.

Natural Lands Stewardship Practices in a Changing Climate  

Jon Wagar, Deputy Executive Director, Duke Farms.  The presenter will share practices taking place on Duke Farm lands to restore ecosystems, reduce carbon footprint, sequester carbon, and conserve energy.

Discussion about Managing Unauthorized Off-Road Vehicle Use

Jason Howell, Stewardship Coordinator, Pinelands Preservation Alliance; Emile DeVito, Manager of Science & Stewardship, NJ Conservation Foundation.  These two organizations have worked together to discourage unauthorized off-road vehicle use through natural areas.  They may not have all the answers, but they will share some of the techniques they have tried.  The audience will be invited to share challenges, frustrations and successes in managing this visitor use.




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NJ Land Conservation Rally March 20, 2020

The Palace at Somerset Park, Somerset, NJ


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

Outdoor programs encouraged in warm weather seasons!

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