D&R Greenway Land Trust is central New Jersey's nonprofit land preservation organization, founded in 1989 through the collaboration and vision of four organizations: the Stony Brook - Millstone Watershed Association, Friends of Princeton Open Space, Regional Planning Partnership, and the Delaware & Raritan Canal Commission. Founders, including Jim Amon, Rosemary Blair, Dennis Davidson, Sam Hamill, and Bob Johnston, realized that our region's open space was threatened with extinction. Their vision of an organization dedicated to the preservation of our remaining natural areas led to the creation of this small grassroots organization that completed the first nonprofit acquisition using Green Acres funds in 1992.
Originally named Delaware & Raritan Greenway, we changed our name in 2004 to better reflect our preservation work as a land trust, and to account for the expansion of our work beyond our traditional focus along the Delaware & Raritan Canal.
We permanently preserve watershed lands and large-scale landscapes, thereby preventing the loss of open space to development. Our operating region consists of over 1,500 square miles, encompassing portions of the Delaware, Raritan and Millstone River watersheds and the Delaware & Raritan Canal. This includes Mercer, Hunterdon, Somerset, Middlesex, Burlington and Monmouth counties. We have broadened our work to include preservation of farm land in Salem County in the area of Mannington Meadows.
We serve as the continuing steward on many preserves and easement lands. We lead the list of nonprofits in New Jersey to successfully complete land transactions with State Green Acres funds. In 2008, D&R Greenway worked in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Agriculture to preserve the 1,900-acre Seabrook Farm in Salem County. In 2009, two more farms around the Mannington Meadows were preserved. We have a staff of nine full-time and six part-time professionals. There are many volunteers working on various events and stewardship projects. In 2010, D&R Greenway closed on the 340-acre, St. Michael's property in Hopewell, New Jersey. D&R Greenway is working on-site to enhance the woods, meadows and fields for agriculture, native seed propogation, community gardens and wildlife habitat.
D&R Greenway Land Trust sponsors offer many exciting educational and professional programs at the Johnson Education Center, its home in Princeton. New Jersey.
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D&R Greenway Land Trust's mission is to:
- Preserve and protect a permanent network of natural lands and open spaces, creating the conditions for a healthy and diverse environment to flourish
- Provide the public with appropriate access to these areas, encouraging active lifestyles and a greater appreciation of the natural world
- Inspire a conservation ethic promoting policies, educational programs and partnerships that result in a public commitment to land preservation
Funding Land Preservation
Land acquisition dollars are accessed through the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Green Acres Program and the State Agricultural Development Committee (SADC) - both funded by the Garden State Preservation Trust (GSPT); county and municipal open space funds, and, in some cases, donated by foundations and individuals. Our operating budget is funded entirely through private donations from individuals, local businesses, corporations and foundations. These critical operating funds are contributed through sponsorships, special events and galas, annual donations, Taplin Circle membership, and bequests.
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D&R Greenway Land Trust also provides technical assistance to citizen groups and municipalities in creating local greenways throughout many counties. We consider it a vital component of our mission to provide education and promote awareness about the need to preserve land appropriately, how to conduct transactions, and how to be good stewards of the land. The Johnson Education Center is helping us take this goal a step further by providing adequate space and tools to create better conservation programs across the State of New Jersey. In addition, we are working hard to foster the development of trails and parks that enable individuals to enjoy the land we've worked so diligently to preserve. To ensure the accomplishment of these goals, we have developed a stewardship program to actively manage land our preserved lands for wildlife conservation and as valuable bird habitat. We have created two organizations for which we provide staff support and guidance: New Jersey Trails Association and Friends for the Marsh.
D&R Greenway Seeks Public Comments on Re-Accreditation Application
D&R Greenway has applied for re-accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance. The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and farms. A public comment period on D&R Greenway’s application is now open.
D&R Greenway is seeking to achieve re-accreditation because it recognizes the importance of matching the highest standards of accountability in both the process of acquiring land and of managing it after acquisition.
The Accreditation Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how D&R Greenway complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards see www.landtrustaccreditation.org/getting-accredited/indicator-practices .
To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit www.landtrustaccreditation.org. Comments may also be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn. Public Comments: (fax) 518-587-3183; (mail) 112 Spring Street, Suite 204, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Comments on D&R Greenway Land Trust’s application will be most useful if received by November 11, 2016.
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For more information, please call 609.924.4646. D&R Greenway Land Trust is located at the Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, Princeton, NJ 08540.