Who We Are






Working Committees

Policy Committee

NJ Highlands Coalition working committeesThe NJ Highlands Coalition is truly a coalition. Our policy directions and priorities are determined by the representatives of our member organizations that self-select to participate in our monthly Policy Committee meetings. The Chairperson of the Committee is a Trustee of the Coalition who also represents one of our member organizations. While NJ Highlands Coalition staff are vital participants in Policy Committee discussions and deliberations, on voting matters they have only an advisory role.

The Policy Committee meetings are typically spirited and topics are vigorously discussed. They also provide many benefits for participants. The larger organizations that have been vital members since the Coalition was first formed maintain their continued stake in the Coalition’s success. Smaller, grassroots organizations find support for their local concerns in the expertise and the resources of the larger organizations. For all participants, it is a collegial, informative discussion among a network of committed Highlands advocates.

Occasionally, guest speakers, experts in various areas of concern, are invited to make presentations.

Natural Heritage Committee

The Committee’s objective is to seek consensus among experts, professionals and concerned citizens on effective strategies and best management practices towards the stewardship of the region’s valuable natural heritage issues and to publish white papers and other reports and to recommend action by the Policy Committee.

The New Jersey Highlands Coalition;s Natural Heritage Committee is recognized as a leading think-tank on environmental policy, particularly in public forest management. Utilizing the latest science, the Natural Heritage Committee has been effective in recommending changes to how public forests in New Jersey are managed to address climate change, provide resilience against flooding and drought, provide recreational opportunities for diverse communities throughout the state, and bolster residents’ mental and physical health.