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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

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.











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The Merrill G. & Emita E. Hastings Foundation











Pinelands Nursery      

Norman Goldberg Appraiser

East Coast Greenway Alliance

NJ Highlands Coalition

Sourland Conservancy

NJ Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership

Hackensack Riverkeeper

Brinkerhoff Environmental Services

Save The Barnegat Bay

Crossroads of the American Revolution Association

New Jersey Conservation Foundation

Association of NJ Environmental Commissions

Barnegat Bay Partnership

USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service

New Jersey Future

Tony Tancini, Attorney at Law

ET Techtonics

Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership

Student Conservation Association

Raritan Headwaters Association

Land Trust Alliance

The Nature Conservancy

Trust for Public Land

PlanSmart NJ

NJ Highlands Council

Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association

Remote Intelligence

Rutgers University

Lopatcong Creek Initiative

Center for Creative Placemaking

Solar City

Rowan University





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


SCENES FROM THE 2016 CONFERENCE (in production)








What motivates people to work in conservation? 

Watch videos of attendees at the 2015 NJ Land Conservation Rally tell their stories.

(Thanks to videographer Matthew Riddle and volunteer video editor Sam Custer for producing these videos.)





Watch videos of the special Lightning Round from the 2014 Rally


"2014 Rally on Rutgers campus seeks to drum up support for conservation bill" - >>

"State and local leaders address preservation needs at 2014 conservation rally in Piscataway" - >>

View 2014 photo album on Facebook >>


Watch videos of three "Lightning Round" storytellers from the 2013 Rally

          Thanks to Patrick Law for filming these videos. 


Updated March 30, 2016


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