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NJ Conservation announces $30 million capital campaign
Campaign for Conservation already has $27M in hand for land preservation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/ 11/23/15
PRINCETON - A campaign to raise $30 million to preserve thousands of acres across New Jersey was officially announced on Sunday, Nov. 15, by New Jersey Conservation Foundation.
Ken Klipstein, Michele Byers and Keith Reed at Morven
Former Governor James Florio was among the special guests who gathered at Morven, the historic former governor's mansion, to launch the public phase of "Campaign for Conservation: Your Land, Your Water, Your Food, Your Future." Governor Florio voiced his support for protecting New Jersey lands, noting that residents are strongly in favor of open space preservation.
Kenneth H. Klipstein II, New Jersey Conservation Foundation president, said the Campaign for Conservation reflects the nonprofit's vision of connected greenways throughout New Jersey.
"Imagine a New Jersey where every resident can walk out his or her door and access an interconnected system of parks, trails and protected natural areas, farmland, and historic places," Klipstein said. "That's the vision we are working toward."
Klipstein said over $27 million in public and private funds have already been raised in the campaign's "quiet" phase, leaving $3 million yet to be raised. He praised former board president L. Keith Reed, who stepped down earlier this year to move to Montana, as the "lead champion" responsible for the campaign's early success.
To date, Klipstein said, New Jersey Conservation Foundation has preserved nine signature properties that are focal points of the Campaign:
- The 320-acre Mount Rose Preserve in Hopewell Township, Mercer County, where a new section of the popular Lawrence Hopewell Trail will be built;
- A 50-acre property adjacent to the Ken Lockwood Gorge in Hunterdon County, where the South Branch of the Raritan River is renowned for its clean water and trout fishing;
- A nearly 500-acre property in the Pine Barrens of Burlington County, which expands the Franklin Parker Preserve to over 10,000 acres;
- 50 acres of farmland in Tewksbury Township, Hunterdon County, expanding the Hill & Dale Preserve to 192 acres;
- 120 acres in Harmony and White townships, Warren County, connecting 1,500 acres of preserved land in the Scotts Mountain area;
- 153 acres of rugged forest land bordering serene Johnson Lake in Byram Township, Sussex County;
- 350 acres in the Sourland Mountains in Hillsborough Township, Somerset County, expanding the county's Sourland Mountain Preserve;
- 94 acres in Delaware Township, Hunterdon County, adding to a 1,000-acre greenbelt of preserved lands along the Wickecheoke Creek and protecting an historic cemetery;
- 155 acres of peach orchards, vegetable fields and livestock fields in the Dutch Neck farming region of Hopewell Township, Cumberland County.
New Jersey Conservation Foundation plans to preserve thousands of additional acres in seven geographic areas: the Highlands, the Pine Barrens, the Hopewell Valley in Mercer County, the Sourland Mountains of central New Jersey, the Wickecheoke Creek region of Hunterdon County, the Delaware Bay watershed in southern New Jersey, and parks and greenways in the city of Camden.
Klipstein urged all New Jerseyans to help preserve open space and farmland by donating to the Campaign for Conservation. "All gifts, large or small, help protect our drinking water, save lands that grow our food, safeguard wildlife habitats, and provide places where people can enjoy nature," he said.
New Jersey Conservation Foundation will hold a series of public events next spring and summer at many of the special places preserved through the Campaign for Conservation.
"We invite the public to visit these special lands and get out to hike and enjoy New Jersey's natural beauty," said Michele S. Byers, executive director.
For more information about the capital campaign or the 2016 tours, please contact Kathleen Ward at Kathleen@njconservation.org or 908-997-0723.
Based in Far Hills, New Jersey Conservation Foundation is a private, member-supported nonprofit that preserves land and natural resources throughout New Jersey for the benefit of all. Since 1960, it has protected 125,000 acres of open space - from the Highlands to the Pine Barrens to the Delaware Bayshore, from farms to forests to urban and suburban parks. For more information about the Foundation's programs and preserves, go to www.njconservation.org or call 1-888-LAND-SAVE (1-888-526-3728).
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