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10 Ways You Can Help Fight for Racial Justice

TEN ACTIONS YOU CAN UNDERTAKE FOR RACIAL JUSTICE Modified from 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice 1. Direct Participation: Join with groups that are working to effect change or improve conditions in areas that are largely minority in population. This includes everything from joining your local Black Lives Matter chapter ( to participating in the South Jersey Land and Water Trust's ( habitat protection and enhancement project with the Camden Power Corps at the Cramer Hill Preserve in Camden. 2. Police Actions: Find out if your local police department outfits all on-duty police officers with a body-worn camera and requires that the camera be turned on immediately when officers respond to a police call. Also find out if your city or town currently employs evidence-based police de-escalation trainings. The racial...

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86 Acres of Farmland Preserved in Franklin Township

        Land preservation projects like this one are impossible without the support of people like you! Donate here to contribute to the preservation of our forests, waterways, and farmlands.  According to the Corwonski family, it was their father’s wish that their property always remain a farm. Now, thanks to the work of our staff at South Jersey Land and Water Trust (SJLWT) in cooperation with Franklin Township, his wish will be granted. The 86 acres of farmland that have been in the Corwonski family for generations is now permanently preserved.  For over twenty-five years, SJLWT has worked to preserve land across southern New Jersey. As of this year, we have preserved over 1,500 acres of open space and over 600 acres of farmland. The preservation of this Franklin Township property, however, breaks new...

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Say Hello to Our New Team Members! 

Our new employees will work to improve the quality of NJ’s water and preserve its natural lands [caption id="attachment_44133" align="alignright" width="300"] Ken Atkinson is joining the SJLWT as our new Land Program Manager[/caption] With climate change and algae blooms becoming increasingly distressing issues, it’s more important than ever to preserve our state’s land and improve our water quality. To tackle these problems, the SJLWT has hired two experienced individuals, Ken Atkinson and Jody Carrara, who will work to expand our land preservation and water-protection programs.  Ken joined us as our new Land Program Manager, and Jody joined as our Program Coordinator. Both Ken and Jody have over thirty years of environmental experience each. We at the SJLWT are sure that they will make great strides in expanding our programs.  PRESERVING OUR LAND AND PROTECTING...

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Bringing Back the Butterflies

Our volunteers planted over 300 milkweed plants at the Oldmans Creek Preserve to create critical habitat for monarch butterflies this summer Plant milkweed in a field and it will quickly be filled with the fluttering orange wings of monarch butterflies. Monarchs, which are facing declining populations all over the country, need milkweed to survive. At the Oldmans Creek Preserve in Auburn, New Jersey, volunteers with the SJLWT did their part to help these beautiful butterflies by planting milkweed on the property, and lots of it.    THE MILKWEED PLANTING PROJECT Our volunteers planted over three-hundred milkweed plants in the meadow of the preserve this July. Why milkweed? “Milkweed is the only plant that monarch caterpillars can eat,” Philip Arsenault, our Environmental Steward, and lead of the project, says, “Unfortunately, populations of the plant itself...

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Water Audits: Protect Natural Resources from the Comfort of Your Own Home

Want to get started on a household water audit? See our Household Water Audit Guide and Worksheet Freshwater is always at our fingertips. Water comes to us readily available when we take a shower, wash our dishes and clothes, and when we need a drink. All it takes is the turn of a handle or the press of a button and water appears. But this instant availability can make it easy to forget that water is a limited resource. In fact, only .5 percent of the world’s water is drinkable. But protecting this precious resource doesn’t require much -- you don’t even have to leave your house! And by conserving water, you're not only protecting our water resources but are also protecting habitats, reducing the amount of fossil fuels used for processing our...

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Blazing Trails at the Oldmans Creek Preserve

Want to become a trailblazer? Join us at our Trailblazing day at the Oldmans Creek Preserve on December 15th, 2018! RSVP by sending an email to . More information here. Trailblazing invokes images of early American explorers, rugged men slashing through the wilderness to create new passages through a forest. Establishing paths in a natural space, however, involves much more than simply striding through the woods with a knife. It requires planning, a knowledge of and respect for the natural space, and some good old-fashioned hard work. To learn about how we establish the trails at our own Oldmans Creek Preserve (OCP), I talked to our Environmental Steward Phil Arsenault who has planned and cleared many of the trails in the area.   How the paths are chosen Prior to preservation by...

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Growing Minds: What School Gardens Can Do for Our Kids

[caption id="attachment_43470" align="aligncenter" width="384"] First graders at Elmer Elementary learn how to plant a garden[/caption] Last Friday, with the help of some enthusiastic first-graders, we planted a wildflower buffer at Elmer Elementary School. This isn’t the first time we’ve planted at a school, and it won’t be the last. Bringing gardens to schools not only helps us achieve conservation goals -- it also provides an invaluable learning resource for students. The planting at the school was full day event. Christine Nolan, the Executive Director of the SJLWT, first gave a presentation on bird and butterfly friendly plants. Then the staff, teachers, and first graders headed outside to plant. “The kids had a blast,” Nolan says, “They liked learning about the butterflies and loved that they got to spend the day outside.”...

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Autumn Flowers: 4 Native Plants that Bloom in the Fall

Want to see these and other fall blooms in person? Attend our Flower Walk at Tall Pines this Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 4pm! We'll walk around the beautiful Tall Pines State Preserve and learn about the various flowers that are blooming. We'll also keep an eye out for the many bird and butterfly species that live there, so bring your binoculars! For information and to RSVP click here The author Albert Camus once said, “Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower.” But leaves aren’t the only plants providing color to the fall. Many flowers themselves also bloom during this cool season. On your next hike, look around and you may see these native flowers sprinkled across the landscape:   Jewelweed or Spotted Touch-Me-Not Impatiens capensis Both common names of this plant come from...

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Natural Protection: How a simple strip of plants can reduce water pollution

[caption id="attachment_43446" align="aligncenter" width="419"] A butterfly rests on a flower. Buffer plantings provide important habitats for butterflies, birds, and other wildlife[/caption] We're installing a buffer planting at Elmer Harvest Day this Saturday, October 6th, 2018. But what exactly is a buffer planting, and what will it do for our local environment? Read on to find out. And we still need lots of volunteers at our planting day! Click here for more info or to sign up Nature is so much more than a beautiful backdrop to our lives. Plants and wildlife perform vital processes that contribute to ecological harmony. Trees and shrubs release the oxygen we breathe. Bacteria in the soil break down waste. Bees pollinate flowers and help them repopulate. And in many cases, natural processes can even reverse damage done...

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