The is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve and protect the water resources and land within the watersheds of southern New Jersey through public education, advocacy, increased scientific understanding, and habitat preservation. As a multi-county association, the SJLWT is made up of people who want to ensure that there is abundant clean water for our families, that our streams, lakes, forests, and fields are preserved for all our children, and that we protect the wildlife habitats and open spaces that we all enjoy.
The natural spaces of Southern New Jersey are awakening with Spring life, and the South Jersey Land and Water Trust is joining in the action with plantings, clean ups, farm preservation plans and more. But we need you to keep us going because it is your generosity and support that help make what we do possible.
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The SJLWT has been preserving and protecting land and water in South Jersey for over 20 years. Please support our continued efforts or share this renewal drive with a colleague who would be interested in joining the SJLWT. You can even bestow a membership on a friend who would appreciate an eco-friendly gift. We celebrate you as seasoned members, and we are happy to welcome new faces to our cause. Thank you for making your tax-deductible donation today.
- Discount at events and invitations to special programs and outings
- Receive SJLWT’s newsletter
- Alerts and “Take Action” of special concern regarding our land and water
- 10% off all Triple Oaks Nursery & Herb Garden nursery purchases
SJLWT is currently working to save Maple Ridge. Maple Ridge is a 113-acre former golf course that straddles the Mantua Creek in Deptford and Mantua Townships, Gloucester County. The property serves as excellent wildlife habitat and helps protect the water resources of the Mantua Creek watershed. The site is just upstream from the Wenonah Ravine Natural Heritage Priority Site, a wooded ravine featuring a critically imperiled tree species. Preservation would help establish conservation linkages up and down the stream corridor. Successful preservation of Maple Ridge would provide a host of recreational, educational, economic and sustainable growth services to the region. It is well positioned for a park of regional significance in an area that has experienced significant growth in recent years. In fact, conservation efforts need to move quickly as the property has obtained preliminary local approvals for 123 housing units.
Recent Successes & Future Efforts
- assisted in the preservation of over 1,550 acres including an 83-acre farm and 20-acre horse farm in 2014. SJLWT is currently working to preserve six properties totaling over 400 acres.
- organized 220 Volunteers picking up 8 tons of trash throughout South Jersey!
- protected the endangered Swamp Pink plant in partnership with Washington Township, a private golf course, NJDEP and US Fish & Wildlife Service.
- documented 115 illegal 4-wheelers and dumping sites and create partnerships with area municipalities and Wharton State Forest.
- continued quarterly macro-invertebrate assessments and other monitoring efforts
- assessed over 400 stream reaches throughout South Jersey identifying areas for clean-ups, restoration, and protection.
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