Suburban sprawl, overdevelopment, and poor planning threaten the resources of the New Jersey Highlands.
Some 3,000 acres of the Highlands’ forests and farmlands were lost to development every year, having adverse effects on the Highlands’ valuable resources.
Historic and Cultural Resources
Historic barns and homes, picturesque villages and cultural sites face the risk of destruction if they are replaced by new shopping centers, schools and subdivisions. And, while the Highlands has many important historical and archaeological sites that have been documented, many others have not yet been inventoried. Construction activity may eliminate both known and undiscovered resources.