Ridge and Valley Conservancy (RVC) is a private, non-profit local land trust, founded in 1992, that preserves natural areas within the Appalachian Valley and Ridge Region of northwestern New Jersey for the benefit of people and wildlife. We protect forests, meadows, farmland and watercourses, and practice sound ecological management of the land we've protected. Many or our preserves are open to the public, so that people may commune with nature. RVC acquires both land and conservation easements. We also assist in the stewardship of public land and advise landowners as to their conservation options.
RVC is accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.
The lands we've preserved, provide scenic vistas, protect water and air quality, and provide critical habitat for innumerable plant and animal species, including many considered rare or endangered in New Jersey or nationally. Equally important, these forever-wild places ensure that our children and grandchildren continue to have access to nature in all of its wondrous forms. Many of our preserves offer hiking trails for the public to enjoy.
Has protected over 3500 acres of ecologically important open space and local farmland.
Works with other land trusts to preserve open space and farmland.
Assists communities, counties, and the state carry out their open space and farmland preservation programs.
Works with emerging farmers to gain access to farmland.
Helps landowners find ways to preserve their land.
Manages public open space for the State and Warren County, including White Lake in Hardwick Township.
Is accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission as an organization that exhibits the highest level of professional standards, monitors and defends it properties and maintains exemplary records.
Offers nature education and other events on its preserves, to help people understand the value of protecting open space.
Works with local schools to provide experiential learning about conservation.
Works with other non-profit groups to build a healthy community
How to Support
As part of its vision for the next 25 years, Ridge and Valley Conservancy is committed to protecting habitat for the North American Bobcat, endangered in New Jersey. Help us to meet the costs of making additional land purchases possible. Donate here