Meadowlands Conservation Trust


The Meadowlands Conservation Trust was established in 1999 by the New Jersey legislature to acquire land through either fee simple acquisition or conservation easements and to permanently preserve wetlands, waterways, and open space in the Hackensack River Watershed.

The land the Conservation Trust acquires will be preserved in perpetuity so that New Jersey residents may benefit from the flood protection, clean water, wildlife habitat, and passive recreation that such ecologically valuable tracts offer.

The Conservation Trust’s activities primarily concern New Jersey’s portion of the Hackensack River, whose headwaters are in the state of New York and flow south to Newark Bay. New Jersey’s stretch of the river is 31 miles long. The Hackensack River Watershed is approximately 85 square miles in total.

In the northern reaches of the heavily populated watershed, there are forested acres with tall conifer and deciduous trees. Some cottonwoods are noted to be twenty-feet around. There are eagles, wood ducks, great horned owls, red foxes, and many other species.

In the southern section of the watershed, the New Jersey Meadowlands constitute the jewel of the river with more than 8,400 acres of urban wetlands, waterways, and open space that are visited by 25 of New Jersey’s endangered and threatened bird species.  The Meadowlands are just 5 miles from New York City.

Preserving land, whether for the quality of its waterway or betterment of our health, is important to all of us now and for future generations. Through the support and backing from Federal, State, County and Municipal levels, this valuable region will continue to thrive. 


"The purposes of the trust shall be to acquire and hold, or acquire and convey to other governmental entities or to qualified nonprofit organizations, environmentally important, valuable, or sensitive lands located in the Hackensack meadowlands or within the Hackensack river watershed, which lands shall be permanently preserved and managed in their natural state or in a largely natural or undeveloped state for the purposes of conserving and enhancing natural resources, protecting elements of natural diversity, providing open space, or providing public outdoor passive recreational opportunities".



Contact Meadowlands Conservation Trust

Contact Meadowlands Conservation Trust

Tina Schvejda
Executive Director
One DeKorte Park Plaza
Lyndhurst, New Jersey  07071-3707
Phone: (201)777-2410
Fax: (201) 460-2804


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