- Open Space Options Eyed By Bernardsville Residents
- Help Create an Open Space Vision for Bernardsville
- 2012 Franklin Parker Small Grant Awards Announced
- CRI Announces 2012 Back to Nature Fund Grant Recipients
- CRI Announces Funds Available for next Round of Raritan-Piedmont Wildlife Habitat Partnership Grants
Conservation Resources led a successful Open Space visioning workshop in Bernardsville on Tuesday, December 5. To read more, click here for a article from the Bernardsville-Bedminster Patch.
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On December 4, 2012, Bernardsville Borough with Conservation Resources will be hosting a public open space planning session. To learn more about this exciting planning effort, click here.
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CHESTER, NJ November 26, 2012
Conservation Resources Inc. (CRI) announces its seventh annual Franklin Parker Small Grants awards to non-profit conservation organizations. The awards totaling $76,500 were distributed to 22 organizations for conservation projects throughout the Garden State.
“We are delighted to grant funds to 22 organizations which demonstrate a commitment to innovative conservation in New Jersey,” said Michael Catania, President of CRI.
The purpose of the Franklin Parker Small Grants Program (named after CRI’s founding Board Chair) is to provide seed money for the initiation of projects, to help cover certain costs which are not fully reimbursable by other existing grant programs, such as appraisal and survey expenses, and to provide matching funds to support non-profit stewardship and restoration projects. Funding for these small grants has been provided by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Victoria Foundation, the Mary Reinhart Stackhouse Foundation, the F. M. Kirby Foundation, the PSEG Foundation, the Johanette Wallerstein Institute, the Marilyn and Henry Taub Foundation, and the Merril G. and Emita G. Hastings Foundation.
The projects supported by the 2012 Franklin Parker Small Grants Program are featured on The Conservation Exchange, New Jersey’s Marketplace for Conservation Projects. Evaluation criteria for being awarded a Franklin Parker Small Grant include creativity of the project, financial need, and strategic value.
2012 Small Grant Awards
Musconetcong Watershed Association- $5000 for its Hughesville Dam Feasibility Study project
Grow It Green Morristown- $3500 towards the Early Street Community Garden expansion
Isles- $5000 towards its initiative to support gardening and healthy food access throughout Trenton
New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team- $5000 to expand Strike Team activity statewide
Saddler’s Woods Conservation Association- $2500 towards the restoration of 15 acres of old growth forest
American Littoral Society- $4500 for creation of 2-acre oyster reef in a conservation area
Great Swamp Watershed Association- $2500 towards restoration and stewardship of the Case Land tract
Greater Newark Conservancy- $5000 towards acquisition of property adjacent to urban Environmental Center
Ridge and Valley Conservancy- $3500 towards soft costs for acquisition of 25 acres of sensitive land
D& R Greenway Land Trust- $2500 for restoration and afforestation of core Sourlands forest
Teaneck Creek Conservancy- $2000 towards a plan to restore native plants to the outdoor classroom
Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ- $3500 for implementing innovative solutions to amphibian road mortality
Hunterdon Land Trust- $3500 towards the acquisition of land in the Lockatong Creek Watershed
NY/NJ Baykeeper- $3500 towards the acquisition and stewardship of properties along the Raritan Bayshore
Ironbound Community Corporation- $5000 towards support of community gardening on a vacant urban lot
Flat Rock Brook Nature Association- $2500 towards the professional design of an ADA-compliant boardwalk through its nature center property
Delaware Riverkeeper Network- $3500 for three acres of riparian corridor restoration and stormwater best management practices
Friends of Princeton Open Space- $2500 to restore biodiversity to two acrs of heavily invaded upland forests
Passaic River Coalition- $2500 towards the preservation of 4.62 acres of riparian habitat along the Passaic River
Hackensack Riverkeeper- $3500 for boat storage and improved facilities for passengers and students of HR’s Eco-Cruise program
Bergen SWAN- $2000 for the creation of a trail guide and map to the Old Tappan Woods
Pennsylvania Railroad Harsimus Stem Embankment Preservation Coalition- $3500 for the conceptual design and materials for STB and public outreach
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Chester NJ, August 2, 2012
Conservation Resources is pleased to announce the first recipients of our Back to Nature Fund grants. These grant awardees are all non-profit organizations that are participating in an innovative cause-related marketing program between CRI and Back to Nature Home and Garden Center. Congratulations to these grantees!
Read more about the Back to Nature Fund and how your non-profit environmental organization can be a part of this program.
2012 Grant Award Winners
Great Swamp Watershed Association- $2500 for its Watershed Friendly Homes project
New Jersey Audubon Society- $1500 for restoration of a vernal pond at Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary
North Jersey Resource Conservation and Development Council- $2000 for riparian restoration projects
Schiff Natural Lands Trust- $2500 for wetlands restoration at Mt. Paul Preserve
The Willow School- $2000 for expansion and enhancement of interpretive nature trails
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CRI Announces Funds Available for next Round of Raritan-Piedmont Wildlife Habitat Partnership GrantsMarch 14th, 2012
Chester, NJ March 9
For additional information, or to apply for funding, please contact: Anne Heasly or Michael Catania at (908) 879-7942
Conservation Resources Inc. (CRI) announced the availability of grant funds to non-profit organizations to implement the forthcoming Raritan-Piedmont Wildlife Habitat Partnership (RPWHP) Comprehensive Conservation Plan. RPWHP is a coalition of public and private organizations interested in the conservation of key habitats in the Central Piedmont Plains of New Jersey. In 2011, RPWHP organizations initiated the development of a Comprehensive RPWHP Conservation Plan that identifies priority Forest, Riparian and Grassland habitats. The three previously completed RPWHP Conservation Plans for Grassland, Forest and Riparian areas used different planning area boundaries. The Comprehensive Plan includes one, unified planning area boundary. This new version of the RPWHP Conservation Plan also addresses climate change. This funding was made available to CRI through a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
These new grant funds are available for both operating expenses and capital costs associated with implementing strategies, actions and projects identified in the new RPWHP Comprehensive Conservation Plan.
“It’s rather remarkable,” said Michael Catania, President of CRI, “since 2005 and the formation of RPWHP, thanks to the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Conservation Resources has been able to re-grant to non-profit partners $333,000.00 for operating support and $1,007,464.00 for capital projects to protect over 388 acres and restore more than 600 acres of grassland, forest and riparian habitats in central New Jersey”.
In this latest grant round, up to $50,000 is available to support non-profit organizations in their efforts to implement the strategies and actions identified in the new RPWHP Comprehensive Conservation Plan, and another $450,000 is available to those organizations for capital land acquisition and habitat restoration projects at priority sites identified in the Plan.
A final version of the full text of the RPWHP Comprehensive Conservation Plan will be available shortly, and in the interim an executive summary of the Plan can be found on the CRI website at: http://www.conservationresourcesinc.org/rpwhp.htm
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Conservation Resources Inc. Media Contact: Conservation Resources, Michael Catania (908)- 879-7942, or (201) 572-1235 michael@conservationResources.org
Back To Nature Media Contact: Mitch Boodey, (908) 439-4639 email@example.com
For Immediate Release
Conservation Resources Launches New Fund to Help Non-Profits
Conservation Resources, Inc. (CRI) today announced the launch of a unique new program to help finance ecological projects and provide financial support for New Jersey non-profits who seek to foster the preservation and restoration of natural areas. This program is an extension of CRI’s role as a grantmaker and conservation finance intermediary.
In seeking a logical partner for this alliance, CRI sought a business that offered products and services that helped people be more sustainable in their daily lives, as well as a partner which was as passionate as CRI about preservation and environmental regeneration and restoration. That’s when CRI thought of Back to Nature. CRI President Michael Catania has known Anthony Sblendorio, founder of Back to Nature Home & Garden, for years. The recent opening of a Back to Nature retail location in Morris County, near CRI’s state headquarters, offered an opportunity to help participating non-profit organizations increase the visibility of their own programs, as well as a chance to provide discounts and support for the operations and activities of the groups they support.
“Launching the Back to Nature Fund is a logical extension of CRI’s efforts since 2003 to provide financial and technical support for the conservation community, and to develop new sources of funding to support preservation, restoration, and stewardship projects efforts throughout New Jersey” stated Catania, “and we are very excited about the potential for this new Fund to provide a reliable new source of funding to help them accomplish even more.”
“It’s a groundbreaking initiative. We are thrilled and honored to be a part of such an important cause, especially one so closely aligned with our own ideals,” says Sblendorio. Now you can support your favorite non-profits while shopping at Back to Nature when the fund launches in January 2012. Members and supporters of participating organizations will receive a special discount code, unique to each group that can be used at the Back to Nature store, online at www.backtonature.net, and for landscape/construction services. Every time shoppers use the code they will receive a 10% discount and 5.5% of their purchase will be allocated to the Fund. To kick things off, Back to Nature is also making an initial $20,000 contribution to the Fund, which will be administered by CRI .
In addition, these groups may use the store’s event center space, free of charge, for educational events up to four times per year. For some groups this will help gain visibility with a different demographic and in a new locale. It offers an increased audience for all groups with the proximity to the retail store and its traffic. “One of our primary goals at Back to Nature is education. By working with groups who have different concentrations and specialties, we can help provide an outlet for all sorts of educational opportunities,” Sblendorio adds.
The initial notable local non-profits which are expected to benefit from the Fund include New Jersey Audubon, the Schiff Natural Lands Trust, the Harding Township Land Trust, and the Great Swamp Watershed Association. CRI will also be reaching out to many other non-profits to encourage them to become beneficiaries of the Back to Nature Fund. For more information on how your favorite organization can participate, contact Michael Catania with Conservation Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling him at CRI’s office at (908) 879-7942.
Back to Nature Profile
Back to Nature has 17 years of experience within sustainable and regenerative landscape design-build. Recently, Back to Nature expanded their green mission with the opening of Back to Nature Home & Garden, the company’s first retail location. The store offers a new take on the traditional garden center with a wholly organic approach, focus on native plants and an interior space with artisan crafted house wares and gifts. Realizing that education is key to ensuring change, Back to Nature also included an event center at the store. Educational classes on eco-friendly topics ranging from organic gardening to honey bees and rain garden design are held regularly. As a committed member of the local community, Back to Nature has also extended invitations to area organizations to use the space for their meetings or events, thereby helping to increase their success and visibility. Back to Nature Home & Garden is located at 3055 Valley Road in Basking Ridge, NJ. They can be reached by phone at 908-350-7506 and via the web at www.backtonature.net.
Conservation Resources Profile
Established in 2003 as a non-profit conservation finance intermediary, Conservation Resources helps to develop new sources of support for conservation projects throughout New Jersey. CRI provides both financial and technical support for non-profits and local governments, and has already helped these organizations to secure more than $110 million in financial assistance to help preserve or restore more than 25,000 acres of key natural areas here in the Garden State. For more information about CRI’s programs, please see our website at: www.conservationresources.org
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CRI Announces Recipients of Recent Round of Raritan-Piedmont Wildlife Habitat Partnership Restoration Grant AwardsFebruary 15th, 2012
February 15, 2012 Chester, NJ Conservation Resources Inc. (CRI) announced its latest round of Raritan-Piedmont Wildlife Habitat Partnership (RPWHP) Restoration Grant awards to non-profit conservation organizations. Funding for these matching grants has been provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The awards totaling $124,863 were distributed to 3 organizations for conservation projects to implement the RPWHP Conservation Plans for Grasslands, Forest and Riparian areas in the Central Piedmont Plains of New Jersey.
“We are especially pleased to announce the awarding of grants to 3 organizations to undertake 6 restoration projects to improve grassland, forest and riparian habitats in central New Jersey,” said Michael Catania, President of CRI.
The purpose of the Raritan-Piedmont Wildlife Habitat Partnership (RPWHP) Grants Program is to provide matching funds for restoration projects undertaken by non-profit organizations that implement the existing RPWHP Grassland, Forest and Riparian Conservation Plans.
RPWHP is a coalition of more than a dozen public and private conservation organizations that have collaborated on developing science-based conservation plans and designing strategies to preserve, restore and enhance habitat. The members share the belief that working together to conserve the natural resources of the Central Piedmont Plains will help ensure the quality of life for its residents, through retaining farmland, forests, conserving water quality and quantity, and promoting eco-tourism and environmental education.
The projects supported by the 2012 Raritan Piedmont Wildlife Habitat Partnership Implementation Grants Program are featured on The Conservation Exchange, New Jersey’s Marketplace for Conservation Projects. Evaluation criteria for being awarded a RPWHP Restoration Grant include located on a site included in a RPWHP Conservation Plan, financial leverage and demonstrated ability to complete and maintain the project.
D&R Greenway Land Trust – Awarded $7,340 for its Maple Lane Farm Grassland Enhancement Project – working with the Farm Service Agency (FSA) using the State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) cost-share program to remove invasive plants and restore native grasses on 33 acres for grassland birds in Hillsborough Township.
D&R Greenway Land Trust – Awarded $2,000 for its Cider Mill Hedgerow Removal Project to increase habitat for area-sensitive grassland birds in East Amwell Township.
Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space – Awarded $68,100 for its Baldpate Mountain Ecosytem Reforestation at the Hollystone Preserve to remove invasive species, fencing, soil restoration and planting of native trees, shrubs and herbaceous species to restore 40 acres of abandoned agricultural lands to forest in Hopewell Township.
D&R Greenway Land Trust – Awarded $12,978 for its Sourlands Core Forest and Rare Species Habitat Project to remove invasive species, fencing and then replanting with native species to restore 5 acres of forest at its Cedar Ridge Preserve in Hopewell Township.
Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association – Awarded $18,000.00 for its Stony Brook Tributary – Pond Restoration and Stormwater Management Project to prepare a sediment study and dredging plan to restore a pond to improve water quality and flood storage along a tributary to the Stony Brook in Princeton Township.
Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association – Awarded Awarded $16,445.00 for its Millstone Dam Removals and Restoration Project for permits and equipment for removal of two dams along the Millstone River.
RPWHP is updating its existing Conservation Plans into a single Conservation Plan. To implement the conservation strategies contained in this forthcoming new RPWHP Comprehensive Conservation Plan, CRI will distribute an RFP soliciting grant applications in March 2012. For more information on how to apply for these funds, see the CRI website at: www.conservationresources.org
For additional information contact: Anne Heasly or Michael Catania at (908) 879-7942.
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CHESTER, NJ November 16, 2011
Conservation Resources Inc. (CRI) announced its sixth annual Franklin Parker Small Grants awards to non-profit conservation organizations. The awards totaling $100,000 were distributed to 23 organizations for conservation projects throughout the Garden State.
“We are delighted to grant funds to 23 organizations which demonstrate a commitment to innovative conservation in New Jersey,” said Michael Catania, President of CRI.
The purpose of the Franklin Parker Small Grants Program (named after CRI’s founding Board Chair) is to provide seed money for the initiation of projects, to help cover certain costs which are not fully reimbursable by other existing grant programs, such as appraisal and survey expenses, and to provide matching funds to support non-profit stewardship and restoration projects. Funding for these small grants has been provided by the William Penn Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Victoria Foundation, the Mary Reinhart Stackhouse Foundation, the F. M. Kirby Foundation, and the PSEG Foundation.
The projects supported by the 2011 Franklin Parker Small Grants Program are featured on The Conservation Exchange, New Jersey’s Marketplace for Conservation Projects. Evaluation criteria for being awarded a Franklin Parker Small Grant include creativity of the project, financial need, and strategic value.
2011 Small Grant Awards
Musconetcong Watershed Association- $4175 for its Finesville Dam Removal project
Grow It Green Morristown- $5000 towards the creation of the Gran Fondo Community Garden
North Jersey Resource Conservation and Development Council- $5000 for its River-Friendly Farm program
Isles- $7500 towards its initiative to bring Urban Agriculture to Trenton neighborhoods
New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team- $5000 to expand Strike Team activity into Southern NJ
Saddler’s Woods Conservation Association- $2500 towards the restoration of old growth forest in Saddler’s Woods
Delaware Riverkeeper- $7500 for the restoration of forest abutting Saddler’s Woods
American Littoral Society- $5000 for its Barnegat Bay Oyster Reef Restoration project
Great Swamp Watershed Association- $5000 for restoration and stewardship of its Conservation Management Area
Greater Newark Conservancy- $5000 towards restoration of native gardens in the Outdoor Learning Center
Heart of Camden- $5000 towards its Waterfront South Restoration planting project
New Jersey Sportsman’s Wildlife Foundation- $4000 for the rehabilitation of the former Tilcon site
Ridge and Valley Conservancy- $4000 towards soft costs for acquisition of the Lightning Bug Hollow property
D& R Greenway Land Trust- $3325 to establish pollinator habitat adjacent to Cranbury Farm
Edison Wetlands Association- $4000 towards the expansion of the Dismal Swamp trails
Monmouth Conservation Association- $4000 towards soft costs for acquisition of the Coe property
Raritan Baykeeper- $4000 towards soft costs for acquisition of properties making up the Waackaack Creek Greenway
Schiff Nature Preserve- $4000 towards appraisal costs for the Union Schoolhouse Ravine project
South Jersey Land and Water Trust- $2000 to expand Mullica River Watershed Assessments
Unexpected Wildlife Refuge- $5000 towards soft costs for LEED certified Nature Center
Teaneck Creek Conservancy- $2500 towards the cost of restoration of its Labyrinth garden area
Coastal America Foundation- $4000 towards the restoration of native vegetation on a coastal dune and adjacent lake shoreline
Elizabeth Conservancy- $2500 towards soft costs of Bongiovanni land acquisition project
Chester residents, business people, and visitors are invited to provide input on a draft plan for trails that will link parks, neighborhoods, schools, historic areas, natural areas, scenic vistas and shopping areas through a network of multi-use trails and pathways. Join us on Thursday, October 20th at 7pm at the Field House, 107 Seminary Avenue, Chester Borough to learn more and help shape the plan for your town.
Although it is not required, pre-registration would be appreciated for this exciting, interactive planning workshop.
You can pre-register for the workshop by clicking here.
Be sure to familiarize yourself with our current existing and potential trails, points of interest, and community attributes by visiting the project web page. We’ll be asking you to add to these maps and seek your input and creative ideas in order to make the plan a true community effort. Check back over the next week or so as we will be constantly updating these maps as we gather additional data.
This plan was initiated by the Chester Borough & Township Green Teams/Open Space Committees who received a joint grant from ANJEC (Association of NJ Environmental Commissions) to develop an integrated trails plan for the Chesters. The plan will be implemented with the help of Conservation Resources, a Chester based non-profit organization dedicated to preserving open space lands in NJ.
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The Hill & Dale Preserve is located in Tewksbury Township, Hunterdon County. It provides magnificent and sweeping views of preserved farmland and distant mountain ranges, including Round Valley Reservoir.
The first 115 acres of the new Hill & Dale Preserve at the base of Hell Mountain were acquired by New Jersey Conservation Foundation. Conservation Resources helped facilitate a large grant to this project from a previously collected Natural Resource Damage Settlement. To read the press release from New Jersey Conservation Foundation, click here.
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