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New Jersey Conservation Foundation is committed to helpingpromote discussion, networking and knowledge sharing among land trusts, grassroots groups and other nonprofits involved in land preservation and stewardship.

The New Jersey Land Trust Network meets throughout the year for presentations and discussions on various topics including policy, fundraising, mapping, membership and board development, and best practices. The Land Trust Network is a program of the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, supported by Victoria Foundation.

Thanks to volunteer Carolann Clark who designed the logo for the NJ Land Trust Network.  To learn more about her work, contact


STORYTELLING WEBINARS available for FREE to NJ conservation nonprofits.  Click here for more information.


                            Natural Lands Stewardship:



Wetlands Management


A joint workshop between the New Jersey Recreation and Park Association and the NJ Land Trust Network


Purpose of the workshopTo share effective techniques and strategies among public and nonprofit land managers of public natural lands.  

(.5 CEUs pending)


Date:  December 3, 2015        Place:   Rutgers EcoComplex 

Time: Registration: 9:00 - 9:30                  1200 Florence-Columbus Road 

           9:30 – 3:30                                Bordentown, NJ 08505-4200 

Cost:  $20/person (lunch included)       (609) 499-3600 (press 0 for operator) 


To Register:  Click here




Wetlands Overview

Speaker: Frank Gallagher, PhD., Director, Environmental Planning and Design, Department of Landscape Architecture, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers the State University

Frank will provide an overview of the various wetland habitats found in New Jersey, highlight features of each type, and suggest general management practices to maintain healthy wetlands systems.




 Wetlands Regulations and Habitat Management (includes permitting)

Speaker: Amy S. Greene, President, Amy S. Greene Environmental Consultants, Inc.

Habitat management activities are typically performed in environmentally sensitive areas that are strictly protected by environmental regulations. This session will identify relevant laws and regulations, regulated areas, regulated activities and permits that are available to authorize habitat management activities and present procedures for obtaining approvals.  NJDEP regulatory programs to be addressed include the NJ Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act, NJ Flood Hazard Area Control Act, NJ Coastal Zone Management (CAFRA, Coastal Wetlands and Waterfront Development) and Tidelands. USACE requirements under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act will also be addressed.





Issues In Wetlands Management


Trail Development

Speaker: Mark Gallagher, Partner, Princeton Hydro

Mark will describe techniques for trail development through wetlands that will not harm the function of a healthy wetland system.  He will also describe the permits needed and conditions that trigger the need for permits. 




Invasive and Damaging Wildlife

Speaker: Adrianna Zito-Livingston, Preserve Coordinator, South Cape May Meadows Preserve, The Nature Conservancy 

Adrianna will describe common plants and animals, including phragmites, that are particularly harmful or disruptive to a healthy wetlands ecosystem.  She will describe techniques she has practiced to remove or lessen these negative impacts. 




 Breakout Roundtable Discussions



The breakout roundtable discussions are designed to address the issues and questions about specific wetlands systems—inland and coastal.  This is the time for managers to learn from others how they deal with specific challenges that may not have been addressed in the preceding program.  Snacks will be provided!


Coastal Wetlands Issues

Moderator:          Ken Thoman, Park Manager/Ecologist,  Monmouth County Park System




Inland Wetlands Issues

Moderator:          Russell Juelg, Land Steward, New Jersey Conservation Foundation


Questions about the workshop?  Contact  

Laura (; 908-234-1225x117)  or  Pam (; 609-356-0480) 





Share your issues and topics!


Please contact Laura Szwak ( or 908-234-1225 ext. 117) to suggest program or topic ideas.  Also, if you would like to host a Land Trust Network meeting, please let Laura know.



Updated November 3, 2015






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