Prioritizing Conservation Lands for New Jersey's Last Million Acres

Authors: John Hasse*, Rowan University
Topics: Applied Geography, Land Use, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: New Jersey, conservation, GIS, priority modeling
Session Type: Guided Poster
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Roosevelt 3.5, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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As the most densely populated state in the U.S., wedged between New York and Philadelphia, New Jersey is challenged with unprecedented development pressure. Since 1985 the state has seen an increase of 350,000 acres of newly urbanized land bringing the total of developed land to 1.5 million acres out of NJ's 5 million acre land area.  As Garden State’s remaining lands are either developed or preserved in the coming years, New Jersey's rate of development is on track to make it the first state in the nation to reach buildout, where all land is either developed or preserved and land use patterns are locked in for generations to come. This project describes the New Jersey Conservation Blueprint, a collaborative mapping project for prioritizing the remaining lands for their value across 4 distinct themes: Water, Ecology, Agriculture and Community Green Space. The analysis was led by Rowan University GeoLab partnered with the Nature Conservancy, the New Jersey Conservation Foundation and a steering committee of 20+ organizations working within the state to create the Priority Land Models. The poster provides an analysis of the unique collaborative process of the New Jersey's Conservation Blueprint and illustrates how better stakeholder coordination can result in accelerating the pace and quality of land conservation.

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