New Jersey Highlands

New Jersey HighlandsPhoto credit: Brad Hamilton

Only an hour outside of New York City, the  New Jersey Highlands encompass nearly one million rugged acres of forests, lakes, and clear running streams. Stretching diagonally across northwestern New Jersey and forming a greenbelt of farmlands and forests along the burgeoning Pennsylvania- New York - New Jersey - Connecticut corridor, the Highlands are one of the region's most significant resources.

The region protects pristine aquifers and underground reservoirs that provide clean drinking water to tens of millions. The regions forests shelter threatened and endangered plant and wildlife species, including the American bald eagle.

Over the past decade, the Highlands have been losing thousands of acres annually to development, which makes conservation in the area critical.

In 2014, we helped save a much-loved 280-acre farm in Andover Borough, Sussex County, from becoming a large-scale housing development, with more than 220 acres becoming part of the adjacent Kittatinny Valley State Park in the New Jersey Highlands.

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Since 1972, The Trust for Public Land has protected more than 3.3 million acres and completed more than 5,400 park and conservation projects.