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.
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.
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.