Monthly Update
PUB CRAWL: Mark Your Calendar!
Asbury Park, NJ, Saturday, July 16th!

Join us to spread the word about clean water and great craft beer at our Hopped Up Pub Crawl in Asbury Park, where you can enjoy drink and food specials, transportation discounts and contests.

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The Highlands Rediscovered Complimentary Screenings

We have been busy showing the NJN film "The Highlands Rediscovered" and we would like to continue sharing this beautiful and informative film. We're happy to work with your organization (or an organization you know) if interested in hosting the New Jersey Highlands Coalition for a free screening of this film, followed by a short Q&A session. Just let us know where and when!
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The Battle Over Sparta Mountain

The battle for Sparta Mountain WMA continues as we find more information pointing against the "forest Stewardship" plan proposed by the NJDEP.   NJDEP says that the goal of the plan is to encourage an increased population of golden winged warblers, a now rare (in New Jersey), small bird that prefers younger forests and forest edges as habitat.  The NJDEP also claims that the forest is uniformly aged between 60 - 90 years old, a fact challenged in research undertaken by Emile DeVito, director of science and stewardship at the New Jersey Conservation Foundation.  Larger, older trees play an important role in carbon sequestration as well as providing critical habitats for many other endangered species in New Jersey.  The story was covered by The Star Ledger and can be found here: Nothing clear-cut about Sparta Mountain logging controversy.
Alternately, view this short video from to get a better idea of the contrasting positions about this project, and the important role that Sparta Mountain WMA plays in New Jersey’s landscape.

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NJDEP Highlands Rules Amendments Update
Currently the NJDEP is trying to roll back the Highlands Act by weakening the septic density standards in the Preservation Area to allow an increase in development that could be as much as 400%. NJDEP denied the request that we, 24 other organizations and Senator Bob Smith made to host additional public hearings outside of the Highland's region.  These meetings are important because of the statewide significance of the water resources provided by the Highlands.  The NJ Highlands Coalition in partnership with NJCF, ANJEC, Raritan Headwaters Assn, NJ Sierra and Clean Water Action, will conduct an additional public hearing, where all oral comments will be forwarded to NJDEP. Stay tuned for details.

There was a great turnout for the NJDEP public comment hearing at the Highlands Council office on Wednesday, June 1st where around 100 people attended.  With close to 50 oral comments, the majority opposing the NJDEP amendments, there was a strong sense of community present seeking to protect the Highlands Act we fought so strongly to put in place.  We thank all who came out in support, and encourage you to submit written comments which can be sent to the NJDEP until July 15th.  We will be sending out templates and talking points soon that can be used to help you prepare written comments, or can be copied and submitted to NJDEP.  

To submit written comments please visit the NJDEP comment website.

Highlands Council

 Next Regular Meeting: July 21, 2016  |  4 pm
100 North Road, Chester, NJ

The Highlands Council meetings have been cancelled for the months of May and June.    The next meeting is scheduled for 4:00 p.m., July 21st at the Highlands Council’s offices. 
Highlands Council Info
Uphold the Highlands
Uphold the Highlands Campaign Outreach Director, George Stafford, continues to introduce the 'Resolution of Continuing Support for the Goals and Purposes of the 2004 Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act' in communities that depend on water from the Highlands.

George has been successful in his attempts to recruit municipalities that depend on water from the Highlands and help them understand the importance of protecting this essential resource. So far, nearly 100 resolutions in support of the Highlands have been passed! This is a networking effort. If you have any news or ideas regarding actions such as these in the Highlands that might aid our efforts, contact George Stafford at (

Even more helpful is if you will introduce George to any personal political contacts. He has been having great success, but we have a long way to go and we need your help!
​The New Jersey Highlands Coalition

represents a diverse network of organizations - small and large, local, regional, statewide and national - and individuals with the common goal to protect, enhance and restore the New Jersey Highlands and to preserve the quality and quantity of drinking water both for the 850,000 people in the Highlands as well as the more than 5.4 million people in surrounding areas who depend on Highlands water. For more information visit our website.

Thank you for all of your support! 
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