This conceptual landscape encompasses the natural and working lands of New Jersey, including forested tracts under public and private ownership, smaller woodlots under private ownership, urban forests, agricultural production fields, pastures and grasslands, non-coastal wetlands, and intermingled natural/semi-natural areas.
- Forest Health & Resiliency: New Jersey’s forests make up about 40% of all land in the state and can vary from small pocket forests in the Urban and Suburban landscape, to large complexes in the Highlands and Pinelands region. As development pressures mount, and a changing climate threatens our natural resources, we aim to ensure our forests are healthy and resilient through ecological stewardship and forest management.
- Agricultural Lands & Grasslands: New Jersey is home to about 750,000 acres of farmland, pastureland, and grasslands. As the Garden State, agricultural land and grasslands represent a critical piece to our natural heritage. Through innovative techniques, we work to create sustainable practices that benefit both people and wildlife.
- Wetlands & Watersheds: Our wetlands and watersheds are what connects us all together. With over 700,000 acres of freshwater wetlands, 3,500 acres of lakes, reservoirs, and ponds, and 18,000 miles of streams, our wetlands and watersheds ensure we have clean and abundant water, help to mitigate flood risks, and provide vital resources to plants and wildlife. Through restoration, enhancement, advocacy, and community engagement, we aim to protect this critical resource for generations to come. The Coalition for the Delaware Watershed (CDRW) leverages the strength of coalition members to advocate for restoration programs throughout the watershed.