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New Jersey Conservation Rally

21st Annual NJ Land Conservation Rally






Friday, March 17, 2017   


Celebrate Green!


Hyatt Regency Hotel, New Brunswick, NJ



"Healthy Land ... Healthy Water"



Want to give a presentation or hold a roundtable at the 2017 Rally? 




For workshop guidelines, click here.



Want your products and services to be showcased at this conservation conference?  Consider a sponsorship or exhibit space.  Apply here. 







The Merrill G.


and Emita E.


Hastings Foundation


Thanks to the 81 Presenters!




Interviewees share their stories about why conservation and the environment are important to them.


Juan Martinez, Children and Nature Network, keynote

Tamara Hayden, Merck volunteer  

Bill Rawlyk, Open Space Institute 

Alanna Jamieson, student volunteer

Jenny Paredes, Latino Outdoors

Jennifer Coffey, Association of NJ Environmental Commissions

Pat Huizing, Northeast Organic Farming Association of NJ

David Landry, Protection of Water, Wetlands, Woods (POWWW)

Eliot Nagele, Rutgers Water Resource Program

Nicole Scott-Harns, NJ Environmental Justice Alliance

MacKenzie Pitt, Lawrence Brook Watershed 

Suzanne McCarthy, Rowan Univ, South Jersey Land & Water Trust 

Lindsay McNamara, Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ 

Christine Hall, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Bryana DeVeaux, Drew University student 

Rachel Fulreader, Drew University student 


Videos filmed by Jenni Coronato, edited by April Merl.

Presentations submitted from 2016 Rally:

Municipal Open Space Fund:  Local Resources in Transition

Donna Kirkland, Trust for Public Lands, Newark

Maria Petix-Kent, Pompton Lakes Environmental Commission

Justin Balik, Trust for Public Land

Food, Farms and the Economy

Frank Pinto, Pinto & Spinelli

Postcard handout

Managing Invasive Plants--Map 'Em & Zap 'Em

Susan Brookman, NJ Invasive Species Strike Team

Trail Development on Open Space Lands

Bill Foelsch, NJ Trails Council

NJ Trails Plan

Administering Perpetual Restrictions: Conservation Easement Enforcement and Green Acres Diversions

Jim Wyse, Coughlin & Duffy

Conservation Easement Amendments

Jim Wyse, Coughlin & Duffy

Urban Wildlands & Biodiversity

Workshop Exercise Results

Developing Greenways Along Suburban Rivers

Marian Glenn, Seton Hall University

Watch the video of Conservation Stories filmed at the 2016 Rally.                                  


Watch the video of Conservation Stories filmed at the 2015 Rally.











Contact:  Laura ( or 




Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions  · D&R Greenway Land Trust

FAV Consulting, Land Preservation & Management

Great Swamp Watershed Association · Green Acres Program

Hackensack Riverkeeper · Isles, Inc.

Monmouth Conservation Foundation · NJ Audubon Society   

NJDEP Land Use Regulation Program ·

New Jersey Conservation Foundation  · Raritan Headwaters Association 

State Agriculture Development Committee
Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association · Sourland Conservancy

The Land Conservancy of New Jersey

The Nature Conservancy · Trust for Public Land








What is the New Jersey Land Conservation Rally?

The annual New Jersey Land Conservation Rally is one of the nation’s largest statewide conservation training events. The event is a daylong educational experience offering workshops, plenary sessions, and networking opportunities.

350 conservationists attended in 2016. All workshops are at least 75 minutes long and multiple sessions run concurrently. 

Who is the audience?
The New Jersey Land Conservation Rally attracts a diverse audience. Here is the breakdown of 2016 attendees:

> 36% represented land conservation nonprofits, including land trusts that acquire land, nonprofits that steward land and watershed associations
> 15% from other nonprofit organizations

>16% from government entities, including federal, state, county and municipal leaders, from government offices and volunteers serving on open space committees, agricultural advisory boards, and environmental commissions
> 13% students
> 9% from private companies that support land conservation, such as environmental consulting firms and trail builders
> 11% others, including general public, academic institutions, and unaffiliated individuals

The experience and skills of Rally vary tremendously, from professionals with years of experience to new volunteers and students.

Who are the presenters?

Our presenters are a knowledgeable and experienced group of professionals in conservation-related fields.

For questions, please contact Laura Szwak at New Jersey Conservation Foundation at 908-997-0720 or



Updated March 30, 2016


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