At New Jersey Conservation Foundation, our work is built on a foundation of core values
- Land conservation – A passion for the land and a land ethic that values land as a treasured resource to be protected and conserved for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future generations.
- Stewardship – Continuing responsibility for preserved lands – caring for, restoring and enhancing their natural systems and biodiversity values. Stewardship enables us to demonstrate exemplary practices and encourage everyone, including public agencies, to expand and improve land management.
- Teamwork and comprehensive action – A multiplicity of strategies, skills, experience, tools and techniques required to accomplish our mission. Our experienced staff works together to acquire land, steward land, advocate for public policy, educate the community and communicate with the public. Together, we accomplish much more.
- Community-based conservation – Focusing locally; partners include landowners, neighbors, other conservation groups, local government agencies and the public.
- Innovation – Developing innovative legal, policy and on-the-ground approaches to expand the protection of land in our rapidly changing world.
- Education – Sharing our knowledge, expertise and passion for New Jersey’s natural areas with others. Widespread public awareness, understanding and appreciation of New Jersey’s special places, its natural resources and ecological systems are critical to our State’s economy, society and future quality of life.
- Conservation leadership – Encouraging, cultivating and supporting emerging conservation leadership, with the knowledge that the scope of our mission is too large for any one organization. We value partnerships, not competition.
- Organizational excellence and integrity – Holding ourselves to the highest standards of professional conduct and excellence. We value the public trust and we take our responsibilities seriously.