Natural Resources, Rural Character
In 1996 Hunterdon County was undergoing a transformation from a rural community to one threatened by increasing sprawl. Worried about effects of development and increased car traffic on air and water quality, as well as the loss of family farms and the local food system, a group of local residents created an organization that would become the Hunterdon Land Trust to protect the rural character and natural resources of Hunterdon County.
At first an all-volunteer effort, the Hunterdon Land Trust has grown through the years into a professional conservation organization with a staff working out of the historic Dvoor Farm in Flemington.
Assisting landowners, Partnering with Government
Hunterdon Land Trust works with landowners who wish to permanently protect the ecological, agricultural, scenic, historic, or recreational qualities of their land. We help landowners identify the best options to meet their conservation goals and financial needs, then assist them through the preservation process.
We also work in partnership with municipal, county, and state governments and other nonprofit organizations to acquire and manage environmentally sensitive properties and farmland. As an owner of property and monitor of conservation easements, HLT is a steward of the land, caring for the properties it manages.
In all, the Land Trust has helped protect more than 9,000 acres of farmland and open space, and we own and manage nature preserves throughout Hunterdon County.
Support for Farmers
HLT also operates a Farmers’ Market on the historic Dvoor Farm, providing a place where local farmers and vendors can sell their products directly to consumers. The market serves as a community gathering place and benefits the local economy.