The New Jersey Highlands region encompasses Appalachian hills and valleys extending from Passaic county and the lower half of Sussex county across northern New Jersey through Warren and Hunterdon counties. Projects in the state are conserving important wildlife habitat, creating new outdoor recreational areas and protecting drinking water supplies for residents in and around Vernon, Lebanon and Parsippany-Troy Hills, to name a few, and it is in close proximity to the cities of Newark and Trenton. The successes of the Highlands Conservation Act are the result of the hard work of multiple state and local partners, supported by a 50% funding match from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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New Jersey Highlands at a glance:
Number of Completed ProjectsAcres ConservedTotal Obligated funds 


A pond reflects sunlight on the water. Wild grass, lily pads, and wildflowers surround the pond. Tall trees grow on the land in the distance across the pond.
The Highlands region spans 3.4 million acres across Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. In an effort to conserve natural resources in this region, the Highlands Conservation Act was passed in 2004, founding the Highlands Conservation Act grant program. This grant program is among...