-- Associations - Environment/Natural Resources
American Littoral Society
Founded 1961, promotes study and conservation of marine life and habitat, advocates and litigates on coastal protection issues. Based on Sandy Hook, but projects, other offices also in NY, Southeast. Sponsors educational programs, beach walks, canoe trips, fishing clinics, wildlife viewing. Current issues include post-Hurricane Sandy habitat restoration; Barnegat Bay and Delaware Bay conservation; opposition to offshore drilling and proposed pipelines; beach access.
EarthShare New Jersey
Employer-supported group part of national network of 14 EarthShare chapters in US. Solicits contributions, evaluates and distributes funds to approved environmental and natural resource nonprofit organizations. Runs fundraising campaigns targeted on corporate, federal, state and local government employees. Sponsors program for employee teams from participating companies to work on projects with environmental organizations.
New Jersey Future
Focus on land-use planning and sustainable development, issues include climate change impacts, urban water infrastructure, open space and farmland preservation, public transit, regional planning. Sponsors annual Smart Growth awards for innovative development and conservation projects.
New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance
Laureen M. Boles
Statewide alliance of organizations and individuals focused on environmental justice issues, particularly in impact on low-income and minority communities. Addresses statewide and local concerns in north, central, and south Jersey. Issues include air and water quality, compensation for past pollution.
New Jersey Society for
Environmental, Economic Development (NJ SEED)
Founded in 1970s as coalition of major manufacturers, public utilities, developers concerned with impact of environmental and land use regulations on development, supports public investment in infrastructure. Issues include new investment in transportation, water and sewage systems; air quality regulation; land-use restrictions; waterway dredging and port development.
Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey
Works to protect imperiled wildlife and their habitats through research, education, habitat restoration, and community outreach. Publishes Wildlife Viewing & Bird Watching Map, Tracks newsletter and livestreams video from cameras at wildlife and nesting sites.
New Jersey Forestry Association
Organized 1975 and incorporated 1983 to promote forestry and forest management on public and privately owned woodlands throughout state. Publishes annual “New Jersey Woodlands” newsletter, sponsors or co-sponsors forestry field trips, seminars, workshops and tree planting projects. Members include those in wood products industries, wildlife habitats, recreation, watershed protection, soil stabilization, and landscape beautification.
Pinelands Preservation Alliance
Supports Pinelands Protection Act and Comprehensive Management Plan adopted by Pinelands Commission. Current issues include opposition to proposed pipeline through Pinelands; appointments of pro-preservation members to Commission; support for funding of conservation programs. Also sponsors outings, educational programs, publishes series of videos on Pinelands history and resources on its online Pinelands Channel.
New Jersey Highlands Coalition
Promotes protection and restoration of New Jersey Highlands comprising over 850,000 acres in parts of Hunterdon, Passaic. Morris, Warren, Sussex, and Somerset counties and preservation of drinking water quantity and quality. Monitors implementation by state Highlands Council of Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act approved in 2004, issues include opposition to appointees to Council by governor viewed as pro-development; development projects with potential adverse water quality impacts; proposed compensation to landowners for alleged regulatory impact on property values.
Captain Bill Sheehan
Focus on protection of resources of Hackensack River and its watershed. Conducts environmental advocacy, education and conservation programs. Sponsors nature walks, canoe and kayak trips, Eco-Cruise educational tours of River and Meadowlands. Publishes quarterly Tidelines newsletter.
Delaware Riverkeeper Network
Maya K. Van Rossum
Established 1988, works throughout entire Delaware River Watershed including portions of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and New York. Pursues environmental advocacy through lobbying and litigation, sponsors volunteer water monitoring and cleanup programs, stream restoration projects and public education. Opposes development projects that
South Jersey Land and Water Trust
Formed 2006 through merger of non-profits Federation of Gloucester County Watersheds and South Jersey Land Trust. Works to preserve and protect farmland, open space and critical habitats in South Jersey by acquiring or managing land and by researching open space needs. Provides assistance to land owners and municipalities in preservation of farmland and open space.
SandyHook SeaLife Foundation
Dr. Thomas Armbruster
President & Founder
Supports protection of marine environment through education, volunteerism and political action. Focus on status of highly migratory predators (sharks, swordfish, tuna and billfish), sustainable fisheries and marine animal populations.
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