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   New Jersey Conservation Foundation is committed to promoting 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



Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Land Stewardship



Date Friday, September 9

Time:  10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Place:  D&R Greenway Land Trust

                 One Preservation Place, Princeton, NJ

Cost:  FREE    (Lunch provided)

Register here

Program:  Gene Huntington of Remote Intelligence LLC will demonstrate various ways unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or "drones") can be used to help steward conservation land.  The program will begin with a field demonstration on land at D&R Greenway Land Trust's headquarters.  Gene and his team from Remote Intelligence will then present a program outlining the various applications and practical considerations when using this new technology.  Applications include identifying areas of emerging invasive flora species, mapping & monitoring conservation easements, deer and bear thermal density studies, erosion control confirmation, monitoring public use and access, and others.  Learn practical considerations--costs, liability, permits, training, equipment--you need to understand before incorporating UAS into your stewardship program.  


Working with the Press

Date:  Monday, September 26

Time:  11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Place:  Watershed Center
31 Titus Mill Road, Pennington, NJ

Cost:  FREE    (Lunch provided)


Your mission is important, your work is impactful, your staff and board are knowledgeable, but sometimes it just seems like your message just isn't getting out there! Working with the press isn't always an easy task. Communicating complex environmental ideas is tough, but it can also be difficult to find the right reporter or outlet to talk to and to know what to say.  In this interactive workshop, Mike Rispoli of Free Press and Meghan Jambor of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation will walk you through how your nonprofit can work more effectively with media outlets and the press. They'll discuss how to frame issues in ways that resonate with journalists (and with readers!), and how to better connect with staff at various media outlets. They will also highlight what has worked for organizations who have achieved media successes.


Upcoming 2016 Programs


Sessions suggested and under development:

Understanding 990sWI

Promoting Partnerships among Nonprofits with the Dodge Foundation

Successful Event PlanningWI

Diversity in the Work PlaceWI

Environmental Education/ Meet ANJEEWI

Natural Lands Stewardship with the NJ Recreation & Park Association (December 1)


Previous Sessions:

Environmental Advocacy:WI    January 26, Watershed Center, Pennington

Meadows Management:WI      February 17, Bamboo Brook, Far Hills

Working with Interns:WI           February 29, Watershed Center, Pennington

Learn NRCS Programs:WI          April 14, NRCS Offices, Somerset

Food Resiliency:WI                      June 7, Dodge Foundation, with Foodshed Alliance

GeoWeb Training:                      August 3, NJDEP Computer Lab 


Share your issues and topics!


Please contact Laura Szwak ( or 908-997-0720) to suggest program or topic ideas.  Also, if you would like to host a Land Trust Network meeting, please let Laura know.   Outdoor programs encouraged in warm weather seasons!



The Land Trust Network values our partnership with the Watershed Institute, a program of the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association.  Those workshops marked with  WI  will be organized in partnership with the Watershed Institute. 




Updated August 18, 2016













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