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Our Work in Salem County


New Jersey Conservation Foundation:
Working to Preserve Salem County’s Farms, Forests and Wetlands

Since 1960, New Jersey Conservation Foundation has helped preserve well over 100,000 acres of threatened open spaces and farmland throughout New Jersey, including about 3,000 acres in Salem County.

In 1997, New Jersey Conservation Foundation published Charting a Course for the Delaware Bay Watershed, a comprehensive guidance document designed to help communities better protect the natural and agricultural resources of the 1,200-square-mile watershed.  This includes all of Salem County.  Charting a Course established a watershed-based approach to preserving the region that included detailed profiles of eleven sub-watersheds and a comprehensive inventory of tools, strategies and opportunities for protecting land and resources.  The report was supported by detailed habitat and wildlife inventories conducted by the New Jersey Audubon Society on behalf of New Jersey Conservation Foundation.

New Jersey Conservation Foundation owns and manages a 600-acre nature preserve in the unique Burden Hill Forest of Quinton, Alloway and Lower Alloways Creek Townships.  There, New Jersey Conservation Foundation has worked with the state and non-profit partners to preserve some 1,900 acres of the 15,000-acre forest.

New Jersey Conservation Foundation's Tri-County Agricultural Retention Partnership project is working in cooperation with the local farming community to help enhance agricultural viability – beyond land preservation - in Gloucester, Salem and Cumberland Counties.

New Jersey Conservation Foundation's Oldmans-Raccoon Creeks corridor program is presently working to preserve some 1,400 acres of important farmland and open space in southern Gloucester and northern Salem Counties.

In 2005, New Jersey Conservation Foundation was instrumental in bringing about the first preserved farm in Carney’s Point Township, a municipality previously not included in local farmland preservation projects.

In 1994, New Jersey Conservation Foundation was the first non-profit in Salem County to cost-share with the State and County governments to preserve farmland.  New Jersey Conservation Foundation provided an outright grant to cover 20 percent of the cost of preserving a dairy farm near Woodstown.

New Jersey Conservation Foundation was the first non-profit organization in New Jersey to receive and use federal Farm and Ranchlands Preservation Program funding to preserve farmland in New Jersey – an 85-acre vegetable farm in Pilesgrove Township.

Under its Pedricktown Marsh project area, New Jersey Conservation Foundation is encouraging conservation of one of New Jersey’s most important bird habitats, an extensive network of tidal and forested wetlands along the lower Oldmans Creek in Gloucester and Salem Counties.

New Jersey Conservation Foundation recently launched a preservation initiative to protect farmland around the Mannington Meadows.

Some of New Jersey Conservation Foundation's other important land-protection work in South Jersey includes: 

  • the 9,400-acre Franklin Parker Preserve in the heart of the Pine Barrens; and 
  • the Camden Greenways project, where New Jersey Conservation Foundation is working with community organizations to create a system of connected parks throughout the city. 

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