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Stewardship of Public and Private Lands

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Almost 600,000 acres of the Pinelands National Reserve are  now in some form of public or nonprofit ownership with a mandate for public access. However, budgets allocated to the NJ State Park Service and the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife for the protection of public lands fall woefully short of the need.  

PPA Land Protectors work with NJ State Park's staff to install barriers to prevent motor vehicles from damaging critical habitat.
PPA Land Protectors work with NJ State Park’s staff to install barriers to prevent motor vehicles from damaging critical habitat.

As we advocate for increased funding for these critical agencies, we also do what we can to make sure the land is adequately cared for. Our efforts include marshaling the forces of committed volunteers to:

  • Clean up illegal dumping sites
  • Maintain or create trails to improve public access
  • Install signs and barriers to protect critical habitats
  • Report violations to law enforcement

We also watch over the land looking out for the presence of pollutants, encroachments from neighboring landowners,  signs of degradation and over-use as well as barriers to legal and sustainable public access.

You can help us protect critical habitat and state forests and parks by volunteering and by making  your voice heard by governmental officials and decision makers. Explore the links below to learn more.

Stewardship Projects

volunteers of pinelands preservation alliance plant white cedars to restore an area damage by illegal off-road vehicles.
Volunteers of Pinelands Preservation Alliance plant white cedars to restore an area damage by illegal off-road vehicle use.

Volunteer as a Land Protector

pinelands preservation alliance volunteers.
Pinelands Preservation Alliance volunteer Land Protectors.

South Jersey Landscape Makeover Program

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The South Jersey Landscape Makeover Program helps property owners create rain gardens and other “green infrastructure” to reduce runoff of polluted stormwater into local creeks, lakes and rivers.

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