of the Pine Barrens
Southeastern New Jersey
1.1 Million Acres in South
The largest natural area on the Mid-Atlantic seaboard, the New
Jersey Pine Barrens is a heavily forested area covering 1.1 million
acres and its underground aquifers contain 17 trillion gallons of
the purest drinking water in the country. The Pinelands National
Reserve was created by Congress under the National Parks and Recreation
Act of 1978. America’s first National Reserve, the Pine Barrens
account for 22 percent of New Jersey’s land area covering portions
of seven counties and 56 municipalities.
New Jersey Conservation Foundation has been active in land preservation in the region for over
three decades and owns and manages more than 12,000 acres in the
Heart of the Pine Barrens, including the Franklin Parker Preserve,
the Michael Huber Prairie Warbler Preserve and the Evert Trail Preserve. New Jersey Conservation Foundation is continually seeking
opportunities to expand its Pine Barrens preserves and is working
with local organizations to promote eco-tourism.
|Restoring a Pine Barrens Jewel
In 2003, we purchased the 9,400-acre Franklin Parker Preserve, the largest
private land conservation acquisition in state history. Today, we
owns and manages the 14-square-mile property in partnership with
the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Adjacent
to 250,000 acres of state preserved lands, the preserve is home
to sandy roads that wind through pitch pine forest, blueberry fields,
shallow lakes and pristine streams. The property is available for
passive recreation and can be accessed by the public from points
along County Routes 563 and 532.
New Jersey Conservation Foundation has initiated several important projects to enhance public
access and to restore the Preserve to its original wetlands state.
In 2005, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources
Conservation Service and New Jersey Conservation Foundation launched a wetlands preservation
and restoration project at the Franklin Parker Preserve – the largest
NRCS Wetlands Reserve Program project in the Northeast. We are collaborating on the restoration of 1,100 acres of
cranberry bogs and blueberry fields that have been altered by historic
New Jersey Conservation Foundation is also partnering with several public
and private organizations to restore approximately 150 acres of
Atlantic White Cedar forest, which is vital habitat for many threatened
and endangered species. The project is particularly important since
80 percent of the Pine Parrens cedar swamp have been lost to non-sustainable
NJCF has launched a $3 million campaign to help fund restoration
and stewardship activities at the Franklin Parker Preserve. We need
your help to restore this ecological treasure which provides critical
habitat to more than 50 rare, threatened or endangered species.
To learn more about this effort, contact us at 1-888-LANDSAVE or
review our online brochure –
Protecting Wildlife and Water Quality in the New Jersey Pine Barrens.
To learn more about NJCF’s preservation work in the Pine Barrens,
please contact Chris Jage, NJCF Assistant Director, South Jersey,
at 1-888-LANDSAVE (1-888-526-3728) or firstname.lastname@example.org.