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

Walkshop at the South Branch Preserve

Date:  Wednesday, October 30
Time:  10am - 2pm
Location: 50-60 Wolfe Road, Budd Lake, NJ  07828

Cost:  free


Questions:  Contact; 908-997-0720


Walk Guides:
Sandy Urgo, Vice President of Land Preservation and Stewardship
Dennis Briede, Stewardship Manager

Learn how The Land Conservancy of NJ manages this diverse, thriving preserve in Mt. Olive Township.  While hiking through the Preserve, the group will visit a reforestation area, a landart project, farmland managed through contractor City Green, community garden and a butterfly meadow.    Conservancy staff--Sandy Urgo and Dennis Briede--will guide the "walkshop."  This preserve protects the headwaters of the Raritan River.


Upcoming Land Trust Network programs:  


December 4, 9-4, Coach Barn at Duke Farms, $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 New Jersey (CHANJ) 

Gretchen Fowles, NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife.  Staff from the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife will discuss a new online tool (CHANJ) that identifies and encourages wildlife migrations.  This tool will be a resource for management decisions and environmental education.

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

Kelli Kovacevic, Morris County Park Commission; Ken Thoman, Monmouth County Park System; Jennifer Rogers, Mercer County Park Commission; Richard Lear, Middlesex County Dept. of Parks & Recreation.  The panel will discuss four mini-case studies on projects to restore native plants to replace invasive plants.

Natural Lands Stewardship Practices in a Changing Climate  

Michael Catania ,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.


  Visioning Discussion & Training   

November 13, 10-12 Discussion; 12-2 Training,  Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center, 170 Longview Road, Far Hills, NJ, No cost

The online mapping tool, NJ Conservation Blueprint, has been updated and overhauled.  Bring your questions and advice on how to use this tool and promote your organization.  A training will also be offered for those who would like more familiarity with the mapping tool.


November 14, 10-12, Greater Newark Conservancy, 32 Prince Street, Newark.  Organized in partnership with the Foodshed Alliance.


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NJ Land Conservation Rally March 20, 2020

The Palace at Somerset Park, Somerset, NJ


Share Issues, Topics, and Ideas!

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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