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Our Mission

Copperhead Pond, photo by Dwight Hiscano

Our mission is to protect, enhance and promote the vital water and other natural and cultural resources of the New Jersey Highlands to sustain current and future generations. Specifically, our focus is on:

  • Safeguarding the water resources, ecological integrity, biodiversity, and the cultural and scenic resources of the New Jersey Highlands.
  • Promoting the implementation of a strongly protective Highlands Regional Master Plan.
  • Faithful implementation of the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act, and the promulgated regulations of NJDEP and other agencies.
  • Increasing local, state, federal and private sources of funding for land conservation and stewardship in the region, and promoting better planning, growth management and land acquisition strategies.
  • Educating the public and decision-makers on, and serving as an information source for, New Jersey Highlands cultural and natural resource protection.
  • Creating strong partnerships and alliances with organizations and individuals to effectively protect, preserve and enhance the New Jersey Highlands.