Though many think first of the state’s metropolitan areas, rural New Jersey is a veritable cornucopia of fresh and nutritious vegetables, fruits and dairy. The state’s Pinelands area, meanwhile, stands out with its historic villages and berry farms amid oak-pine forests and pristine aquifers.
In New Jersey, our work helped grow a key New Jersey Pinelands preserve to more than 10,000 acres while protecting the Kirkwood-Cohansey aquifer, a source of fresh water for South Jersey residents and businesses. And in suburban New Jersey, our innovative conservation of the last remnants of the Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge estate helped create a public park within an office park.
Since 2003, we’ve conserved 148 acres in New Jersey, and made grants and loans totaling $11.7 million, which have helped the state’s conservation groups and agencies protect 16,395 additional acres.