Big or small, New Jersey land trusts increasingly are meeting the needs of their communities through partnerships, engagement and outreach.
That’s about 252,180 football fields!
New Jersey land trusts are community-led and supported and protect lands and waters that help the entire state.
125 years old (1897)
20 years old (2002)
36 years old
Acre by acre, land trusts are helping to conserve New Jersey lands, waters and ways of life.
Disclaimer: Land trusts conserve land in many different ways and every project is unique. Category totals may change depending on how acres are reported by survey respondents to reflect the most current data and minimize double-counting. In some instances, the total may be greater than the sum of the separate categories due to organizations that provided total acres not broken down by category.
This information reflects data collected in the National Land Trust Census, the longest-running comprehensive survey of private land conservation in America. Learn more about the Census and see which land trusts participated in the 2020 National Land Trust Census.
Land trusts across the state are helping find solutions to some of New Jersey's most pressing issues.
Providing local food: The accredited Land Conservancy of New Jersey established a community garden at its South Branch Preserve in Mt. Olive. The 145 organic plots are on land that was purchased to protect the headwaters of the South Branch of the Raritan River, a drinking water supply source for more than 1.5 million New Jersey residents. Over the past five years, the gardeners donated nearly 3,000 pounds of fresh food to the community.Read more
Protecting land for future generations: The accredited Tewksbury Land Trust has worked on the 10 Mile Trail, a network of trails and preserved lands located roughly 50 miles west of New York City near Oldwick. Development of the 10 Mile Trail was a collaborative project from Tewksbury Land Trust, New Jersey Conservation Foundation, Raritan Headwaters, Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation that has fostered community unity.Read more
Providing access to land for all: The accredited Monmouth Conservation Foundation helped revitalize The Springwood Avenue Park in Asbury Park, a historically underserved city with a tumultuous past. The park includes a recreational lawn, playground, an outdoor performance space, a center promenade, a courtyard and a walking and running path around the perimeter.Read more
Land Trust Alliance member land trusts, listed below, commit to adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices as their guiding principles.