OUR PRESERVATION PLAN
The Hunterdon Land Trust is the only nonprofit conservation organization that works exclusively in Hunterdon County. Our land preservation efforts are focused on six project regions outlined in a comprehensive preservation plan.
A Vision for the Future
Since its founding in 1996, Hunterdon Land Trust has helped protect thousands of acres of open space and farmland in more than a dozen municipalities in Hunterdon County.
The Hunterdon Land Trust envisions a future for our county with clean drinking water and productive family farms. We see a place with beautiful landscapes, clean water, productive farms, diverse wildlife, and abundant recreational opportunities. The key to making this vision a reality is strategic land preservation. HLT has a strategic, countywide conservation plan designed to focus our efforts, make the most of our resources and work more efficiently with our partners.
The plan identifies critical areas where preservation will have the greatest impact on water quality, wildlife habitat, high-value soils, outdoor recreation, and scenic views. Our goal is to preserve 10,000 acres by 2020. The Land Trust has defined six project regions based on the above criteria, with numerous target areas within each.
Each project region encompasses distinct natural, agricultural, and cultural landscapes that, in turn, present distinct challenges and opportunities for land preservation. The following is a summary of the regions that comprise the Land Trust’s strategic conservation plan.
Sourland Mountain spans three counties and five municipalities and is the largest, most intact forest in central New Jersey. As such, it is a vitally important area for state threatened and endangered wildlife and migrating birds. The Hunterdon County portion of the Sourlands is in East Amwell and West Amwell Townships. This is a new region for the Hunterdon Land Trust, and we will seek partnerships with conservation organizations and government agencies that are already working in the area.