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

Natural Lands Stewardship Workshop

Bringing together public and nonprofit managers of natural areas

Date:  Thursday, December 6
Time:  9am - 4m
Location:  Monmouth Battlefield State Park - 16 Business Route 33, Manalapan, NJ  07726
Cost:  $25 (includes lunch)
RSVP:  Required - Click here


9:00 - 9:15 AM

Welcome & Introductions

9:15 - 10:15 AM

Forestry Health:  Management Considerations for Forested Land
Dr. Jay Kelly, Professor, Raritan Valley Community College (pending)

Dr. Kelly will discuss factors that will impact forest health with the advent of a changing climate.  He will share his research on the effectiveness of deer exclosures.

10:15 - 10:30 AM


10:30 - 11:00 AM

New Tools in the War against Invasive Species
Dr. Michael Van Clef, New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team

Dr. Van Clef will describe the features of their phone app developed to identify and report invasive plants and animals, as well as their publicly available web data services and resources.

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Deer Management:  Panel Discussion
Lauren Wasilauski, Montgomery Township
Dr. Michael Van Clef, Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space
Representative, Municipality that employs contractors to control deer

Dr. Van Clef will discuss research on deer management programs and impacts in the Hopewell Valley.  Ms. Wasilauski will share the features of the deer management program she manages for Montgomery Township.  The audience will be invited to share issues, challenges and strategies they employ to address deer control.

12:15 - 1:00 PM


1:00 - 1:30 PM

Dr. Robert Jordan, Wildlife biologist, Freehold Area Health Department

Dr. Jordan will discuss recent research results about ticks, including varieties emerging in NJ.  He will provide information about how to keep visitors as well as managers and stewards safe from health impacts.  He will also share messages to deliver to the public about these pests.

1:30 - 1:45 PM


1:45 - 3:15 PM

Natural Land Management in Urban Areas
Robert Rodriguez, Superintendent, Liberty State Park
Justin Dennis, Urban Parks Manager, NJ Conservation Foundation
Richard Lear, Director, Office of Parks and Recreation, Middlesex County

The presenters will discuss challenges and keys to success in managing natural lands in more populated areas.

3:15 - 4:00 PM

Wrap-up & Questions

The Natural Lands Stewardship Workshop is a program organized in partnership with the NJ Recreation and Park Association and the NJ Land Trust Network.

Share Issues, Topics, and Ideas!

Planning next year's workshops is underway.

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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