Township of Westfield, NJ

Somerset County Park System

Natural Lands

The Natural Lands Stewardship Workshops are cosponsored annually by NJRPA and the New Jersey Conservation Association.  Stewards of natural lands share strategies and tips for success when managing public lands.  These workshops bring together public park managers and nonprofit land stewards to share techniques, challenges and successful strategies.

Natural Lands Stewardship Workshop-2017

took place Thursday, December 7, 2017
The Watershed Center
31 Titus Mill Road
Pennington, NJ 08534

Topics included:

State Green Acres Stewardship Funding Program
Public-Private Partnership Returns Farmland to Natural Area
Charting a Future for New Jersey's Lands and Waters: Meet the Conservation Blueprint
Engaging Volunteers in Stewardship Activities: Pros and Cons
Trails: Funds & Accessibility

Natural Lands Stewardship Workshop-2018

Date:  Thursday, December 6, 2018
Time:  9 AM-4 PM
Location: Monmouth Battlefield State Park
 16 Business Route 33
 Manalapan, NJ 07726

Join public and private managers of natural lands for a day-long workshop discussing the following topics:

  • Panel discussion about deer management with presenters Lauren Wasilauski (Montgomery Township) and Dr. Michael Van Clef (Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space)
  • Dr. Jay Kelly, Raritan Valley Community College, will discuss his research about forest health and management of forested lands, including his analysis of the effectiveness of deer exclosures.
  • Dr. Robert Jordan, Freehold Area Health Department, will discuss his research about ticks, including emerging species, messaging, protections, and more.
  • Panel about urban natural lands management with Robert Rodriguez (Liberty State Park), Rick Lear (Middlesex County), and Justin Dennis (NJ Conservation Foundation) sharing their experiences and best practices for managing urban natural areas.
  • Dr. Michael Van Clef will introduce the new app from the NJ Invasive Species Strike Team.

The workshop brings together public and nonprofit land managers of natural lands. This is the 5th annual workshop organized in partnership with the NJ Recreation and Parks Association and the NJ Land Trust Network.

New Jersey Recreation & Park Association |  1 Wheeler Way  Princeton, NJ 08540

Phone: 609-356-0480 | Fax: 609-356-0475 | Email:

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