New Jersey is the first state predicted to reach “build-out”, according to a Rutgers University study. Our mission is increasingly urgent: To preserve and care for land, and inspire a conservation ethic, now and for the future. > Learn More
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A timeline shows the difference that D&R Greenway has made in our local communities and beyond. > Learn More
Our accomplished team of preservation professionals is recognized nationally, statewide and locally. > Learn More
Mission-themed art exhibitions in our Marie L. Matthews Art Gallery bring together significant and new artists to inspire thought and delight in nature. Our Olivia Rainbow children’s gallery presents the work of preservationists of tomorrow. > Learn More
A circa-1900 barn, once part of the General Robert Wood Johnson estate, repurposed and opened in 2006 as the Johnson Education Center. > Learn More
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Single event rentals and Partner Memberships are available to non-profits, corporations, universities, public agencies and private organizations who rent our signature indoor and outdoor spaces for meetings, programs and special events. Learn More
You can make a real difference in conservation of New Jersey’s special places. D&R Greenway is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Donations are fully tax-deductible. We offer memorial and honorary gift recognition opportunities.
Your legacy can ensure a green future. Planned gifts, including bequests and charitable gift annuities that provide a lifetime income, may include recognition in our EverGreen Circle.
Corporations and local businesses show they care about the places where we live and work by supporting D&R Greenway. Find out how your business can participate, and learn which businesses have joined us in our mission.
Join us to ensure a healthy, diverse plant community. Transform your home, school or community garden into habitat. Our native shrubs, grasses and perennial flowers are available during the growing season from our Native Plant Nursery. > Learn More
Conservation Lands for Sale
Would you like to own a farm or property that contributes to conservation in our region? Find out about unique properties offered for sale through our Inaugural Revolving Land Fund. > Learn More
Our ever-changing themed art exhibitions offer art in diverse media, available to enjoy in your own home and office, and as gifts. Art sales support our land preservation and stewardship mission. > Learn More
View a selection of books available for purchase, with proceeds going to support the work of D&R Greenway. > Learn More
As anyone paying attention could not avoid noticing: there is a lot going on around the world over the last several weeks.
Here the focus will be on environments and efforts to save them.
In our Midwest and in Southeastern Africa flooding has brought real, existential crises to those regions. Full recovery will not happen quickly, if at all. Look at Puerto Rico or the Northern California forests and communities.
Dangerous heat levels have brought a different type of crisis to New Dehli, with a population of over 19 million.
The heat levels in the atmosphere, which allow it to hold more moisture, and in the oceans, which affect species, acidity and levels, will be bringing additional undesirable changes.
In response to global warming, high school students in Princeton, and across the country, and in many places around the world joined in strikes calling for action. This week in Germany, students there followed those examples.
But even most of the nations that signed the Paris Climate Accord have not lived up to their prescribed emissions reductions.
With a president and political party that all but ignores all of this, as do some leaders in other nations, is there any hope?
The answer, expressed by scientists and observers, is that yes, there is hope. Not to stop all global warming that is already in the system, but possibly to ward off the worst repercussions.
Biologist Edward O. Wilson, professor emeritus at Harvard, argues that key to our survival, in addition to reducing emissions, is preserving environments and their biodiversity, on which we depend. This is not a question of preserving picturesque animals on the plains of Africa or in the Amazon, but of preserving food sources from the many threats, including the fact that we have fished the oceans out of all but two percent of what it once was.
Also, the populations of pollinators for our food crops have been sharply reduced. With insufficient food, what will the world’s population, heading toward 10-11 billion, eat? And hungry, how will they respond? With warming temperatures, we have already seen agriculture and plant life moving north, along with insects, birds, and diseases. The increasing temperatures are already stressing food sources and water.
What does he offer to save our civilization? In addition to adopting efforts to reach net zero carbon emissions, he argues that we need to set aside about half of the surface of the land and sea as a preserve for remaining flora and fauna.
This is not as extreme as it first sounds, for as Wilson explains, “Large parts of nature are still intact – the Amazon region, the Congo basin, New Guinea – not to mention the oceans. There are also patches of the industrialized world where nature could be restored and strung together to create corridors for wildlife.”
Moreover the oceans account for 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, and small portions have already been protected as preserves. In many countries, as well as ours, the re-establishment of forests is an acknowledged goal. In Mercer County, the D&R Greenway Land Trust, and Friends of Princeton Open Space are working to preserve land and wildlife.
Wilson reassures us that this idea does not require moving populations, but instead, expanding the concept of the U.N.’s World Heritage sites, those that have been recognized as “priceless assets of humanity.” His guiding maxim is: “Do no further harm to the rest of life.”
Wilson reminds us that we know how to respond, if we can work together toward the unity and political will to do so. In this country, much will depend on whether voters understand the urgency of these crises and vote for those representatives who support widely-acknowledged solutions. There is no more important issue before us.
Our Mission: To Preserve & Care for Land and Inspire a Conservation Ethic, Now and Forever