Protecting the Barnegat Bay and restoring its Ecosystem

Save Barnegat Bay was founded in 1971 with the mission to restore and protect the Barnegat Bay and its ecosystem. We advance our mission by being a strong and independent voice for the Bay throughout the watershed, including all of Ocean and part of Monmouth Counties.

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Join us for one of the many great events we host in the area and help be a hero in restoring the Barnegat Bay ecosystem!

Feb
20
Wed
Natural Lands Trust Program Advisory Committee Meeting @ Ocean County Administration Building
Feb 20 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Natural Lands Trust Fund Program was established to acquire and maintain environmentally sensitive lands, natural areas or open spaces that would generally remain in their natural state and for the preservation of farmland. The objective of the program, is to establish of a system of protected lands which, in combination with the Farmlands Preservation Program, enhance the quality of life in Ocean County by:

  • Helping to maintain the County’s rural characteristics;
  • Protecting critical environmental resources and water supply;
  • Maintaining and enhancing active agriculture;
  • Buffering areas that are not compatible with development.

In 1997, the residents of Ocean County, overwhelmingly voted to establish the Ocean County Natural Lands Trust Program. The approval of a 1.2 cent dedicated tax provides the Board of Chosen Freeholders with the funds to acquire lands in Ocean County for conservation and farmland preservation. On February 18, 1998, the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders established a nine member Natural Lands Trust Fund Advisory Committee to advise on the preparation of the required open space plan and the nomination of properties to be acquired through the Natural Lands Trust Fund. The committee’s purpose is to review nominations for the Trust Fund and to forward recommendations to the Board of Chosen Freeholders for consideration.

The program now generates over $10 million per year for natural lands acquisitions and farmland preservation. Several important parcels have been preserved and acquired through partnerships with non-profits, municipalities and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

For more information on the program click here.

** November/December meetings are combined. Date and location to be determined. Meetings are subject to change, please contact the Ocean County Planning Department to confirm dates at 732-929-2054.

Mar
9
Sat
Pinelands Short Course @ Stockton University
Mar 9 all-day
Pinelands Short Course @ Stockton University

A day long event featuring educational presentations that explore the unique history, ecology and culture of the Pinelands.

Mar
12
Tue
Bee Shore Honey bees and more! @ Barnegat Bay EcoCenter
Mar 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Bee Shore Honey bees and more! @ Barnegat Bay EcoCenter

Bee Shore Honey is partnering with Save Barnegat Bay to bring you a free “Smart Yard ~ Healthy Bay” program. Come on out for a information session on The Honey Bee!  Save Barnegat Bay is hosting this event at the Brown’s Woods Eco Center.  Join Bill MacCormack, local beekeeper and member or Central Jersey Beekeepers Association and he discusses the components of a hive, equipment needed and how we can help protect the honey bee and other pollinators.  

 

Mar
16
Sat
Jersey Shore Science Fair @ Stockton University
Mar 16 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Jersey Shore Science Fair @ Stockton University

Save Barnegat Bay wants to continue supporting the young people in our community who make Barnegat Bay a part of their education. Every year, Save Barnegat Bay awards one student at the Jersey Shore Science fair $500 for having a thoughtful, original, and relevant science project related to Barnegat Bay and the surrounding watershed. We look forward to meeting these bright students every year!

 

Mar
20
Wed
Barnegat Bay Partnership Education and Outreach Retreat @ Island Beach State Park
Mar 20 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Barnegat Bay Partnership Education and Outreach Retreat @ Island Beach State Park

Join other Barnegat Bay watershed educators for a day of workshops, activities, and networking. The retreat theme this year is “Interpretive Techniques.” We will be meeting at the Interpretive Center at Island Beach State Park.

Natural Lands Trust Program Advisory Committee Meeting @ Ocean County Administration Building
Mar 20 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Natural Lands Trust Fund Program was established to acquire and maintain environmentally sensitive lands, natural areas or open spaces that would generally remain in their natural state and for the preservation of farmland. The objective of the program, is to establish of a system of protected lands which, in combination with the Farmlands Preservation Program, enhance the quality of life in Ocean County by:

  • Helping to maintain the County’s rural characteristics;
  • Protecting critical environmental resources and water supply;
  • Maintaining and enhancing active agriculture;
  • Buffering areas that are not compatible with development.

In 1997, the residents of Ocean County, overwhelmingly voted to establish the Ocean County Natural Lands Trust Program. The approval of a 1.2 cent dedicated tax provides the Board of Chosen Freeholders with the funds to acquire lands in Ocean County for conservation and farmland preservation. On February 18, 1998, the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders established a nine member Natural Lands Trust Fund Advisory Committee to advise on the preparation of the required open space plan and the nomination of properties to be acquired through the Natural Lands Trust Fund. The committee’s purpose is to review nominations for the Trust Fund and to forward recommendations to the Board of Chosen Freeholders for consideration.

The program now generates over $10 million per year for natural lands acquisitions and farmland preservation. Several important parcels have been preserved and acquired through partnerships with non-profits, municipalities and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

For more information on the program click here.

** November/December meetings are combined. Date and location to be determined. Meetings are subject to change, please contact the Ocean County Planning Department to confirm dates at 732-929-2054.

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