New Jersey

A Year in Review

Because of you, we protected 509 acres of forested lands in the heart of the Maurice River watershed in Cumberland County. Completing this project, which spanned 3 years, protects one of the state’s most pristine rivers and provides habitat for a variety of rare plants, reptiles and amphibians, and an array of migrating and breeding birds.

The Nature Conservancy joined forces with other non-profits and government agencies to revive Delaware Bay oyster beds that were damaged in last year’s tropical storm. Restoring oysters along the Delaware Bay has many benefits: it will protect shorelines, improve habitat, and contribute to the health of the oyster industry.

We launched our first urban conservation efforts in Camden. Here, we are implementing projects that benefit the health of the Delaware River and improve the quality of life for people. Projects include restoring green space, installing rain gardens, capturing  rainwater to supply a community garden – all managing  floods and stormwater overflow.

With your support, New Jersey Conservancy scientist Joe Smith completed a 3-year study on eastern willet migration and discovered their previously unknown wintering grounds in South America. Knowing where local shorebirds migrate helps efforts to conserve them across the Americas.

45 new osprey were documented on the 25 platforms The Nature Conservancy manages on PSEG restoration lands, showing what a big difference managing habitat can make for imperiled species.

Because of your support, we restored 3,500 feet of lands along the Paulinskill River by planting over 3,000 trees and shrubs. This project helps keep the Paulinskill River, a tributary of the mighty Delaware River, clean and healthy.

In southern New Jersey, we launched a 203-acre acquisition at Lummis Ponds preserve. The property, located on the Maurice River watershed, will connect thousands of acres of protected lands and preserve the area’s water quality.

With your help, we completed a 10-acre restoration project on our Minisink Valley preserve. This is the first New Jersey restoration to benefit golden-winged warblers and also connects forests and protects water.

In 2012, Cape May Meadows withstood the wrath of hurricane Sandy. The beaches, dunes, and wetlands absorbed the rain, wind, and surging ocean waters and nearby communities didn’t flood. This was a result of a coastal restoration project, and a shining example of how nature benefits people during major storm events.

With your help, 2013 can be another successful year for conservation in New Jersey.


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