Keeping the Garden State Green
The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. In New Jersey, we have protected 50,000 acres of crucial natural resources. We focus our geographic-based work in priority conservation areas across the state. We are also working across state boundaries to protect whole freshwater and marine systems.
Securing Freshwater: We depend on lakes and rivers for more than drinking water; they water our crops, produce fish to eat, power our factories and carry goods to market. Currently over a billion people face daily water shortages, and within the next 20 years more than half of the world’s population could face such shortages with increased pollution and climate change.
In New Jersey, we are working to ensure that our streams and rivers are free-flowing, connected, and have healthy floodplains - aspects of freshwater systems that are essential for protecting our drinking water and important aquatic habitat.
Restoring Our Oceans: Healthy oceans are essential for food security and economic growth, yet few of the planet’s oceans are well managed. Poorly planned development, pollution, unsustainable fishing practices and climate change threaten the health of oceans on which we all depend.
New Jersey is home to 127 miles of Atlantic coastline and 83 miles of Delaware Bayshores. We are focusing on restoration and protection strategies to conserve species and habitats, such as oysters and salt marshes that benefit the coastal communities of New Jersey.
Conserving Critical Lands: Healthy forests and grasslands sustain our economies, supply our water and clean our air. But because nature’s value rarely figures in economic decisions, we continue to sacrifice these vital living systems as we expand our production of food, energy and other natural resources.
We work to improve and maintain New Jersey’s forests through management and restoration projects as part of our goal of conserving and restoring large, intact, interconnected forest patches throughout the state. Many threats, such as invasive species and overabundant deer, require us to actively manage our protected lands. Strategic land management plays an important role in helping to abate threats to our conservation targets.
Reducing the Impacts of Climate Change: Climate change is already affecting our lives and the places we live, and will dramatically impact the lives of future generations. Limiting greenhouse gas emissions is urgently needed to avoid triggering the most severe impacts of sea-level rise, weather disturbances and habitat loss, while adapting to a climate-changed world is a near-term imperative.
In New Jersey, our forest, marine, freshwater and land protection efforts work in concert to achieve the conservation of large, intact landscapes of high ecological integrity that give species and habitats the greatest chance of adapting to the changes ahead. We strive to develop and apply on-the-ground climate adaptation strategies and we actively seek support for these strategies from federal and state-level policy makers.