Conservation Blueprint

Land Priorities for Farms, Habitat, Water, and People

About Project

Charting a Future for New Jersey’s Lands and Waters


New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the United States, with studies estimating that full “build-out” will be reached by 2050. This means that our unprotected lands and forests will either be preserved or developed in the next 40 years.
The good news: Despite alarming development trends, land trusts, non-profits and government agencies have protected nearly 30 percent of the land and water that we depend on in New Jersey.
However, there are still 1.5 million acres of high quality, natural lands to be protected. The longer we wait to act, the greater the risk that some of these areas—which safeguard our drinking water, clean our air, maintain fertile soils for growing food, provide recreation and sustain wildlife—could be developed.

A Blueprint for New Jersey Conservation


The Nature Conservancy and New Jersey Conservation Foundation have teamed up with Rowan University and a consortium of 21 conservation-focused groups both governmental and non-profits, to develop a shared, living blueprint of lands to be protected in the next few decades. Together, we have charted a blueprint of conservation priorities to ensure a healthy New Jersey for future generations. This living blueprint is displayed on Rowan University’s NJ MAP, an online, interactive mapping tool that allows everyone to work with GIS data in a way that is easy to understand.

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The information contained in this site uses the best data available from a variety of sources. While care is taken to present the most up to date information, The Nature Conservancy, New Jersey Conservation Foundation and Rowan University do not assume responsibility for the spatial accuracy or timeliness of data used, and expressly disclaim any and all responsibility for errors, omission or other inconsistencies depicted arising from or otherwise related to this map product.
Please note, this map is intended to be used for planning activities only and cannot be used for any regulatory purpose. While parcel data is included as a reference dataset, other data is not created at the same level of detail. So while particular characteristics may be depicted on a site, the information should be used only as a guide; an on-site investigation is the only way to know which features exist on the ground.

In the News

Page 5 of the Trail Walker Fall 2017 (New York-New Jersey Trail Conference news journal)
PDF icon Creating a Blueprint to Protect New Jersey’s Last Undeveloped Lands

NJ Municipalities Magazine November 2016
PDF icon New Jersey's Living Blueprint

Steering Committee

  • Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions
  • D&R Greenway Land Trust
  • Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • Isles
  • Land Trust Alliance
  • Monmouth Conservation Foundation
  • Natural Lands Trust
  • New Jersey Agriculture, State Agriculture Development Committee
  • New Jersey Audubon
  • New Jersey Conservation Foundation
  • New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Green Acres
  • New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, State Historic Preservation Office
  • New Jersey Highlands Council
  • Rowan University
  • Rutgers University
  • Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association
  • The Land Conservancy of New Jersey
  • The Nature Conservancy, New Jersey Chapter
  • The Trust for Public Land
  • United States Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • United States Fish and Wildlife Service

Contact Us


  • Conservation Blueprint Project Team:

    • The Nature Conservancy
    • New Jersey Conservation Foundation
    • Rowan University

    Made possible through the generous support from:

    • The William Penn Foundation
    • The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation

Map Video Tutorial

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