Monthly Update

We hope you can make it for the 2017 Water Resources and the NJ Highlands Conference on Friday, April 7th from 2 PM to 5:30 PM. This is a FREE conference focusing on the importance of the Highlands to protecting NJ's clean and abundant water supply.  The conference will be held at the Center for Environmental and Life Sciences at Montclair State University.  Tickets are free and you can register NOW before seats fill up by clicking the button below.

This will be a great day of panelists, a keynote speaker and a film, all of which will be complimented by active audience participation and networking opportunities.  Don't miss it!
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2017 Climate March

Won't you join us in Washington, DC at the People's Climate March, April 29?  You can find more information about the March here:

The New Jersey Highlands Coalition is co-sponsoring buses to the March from New Jersey with the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters.  

Our bus/es will leave April 29, 2017 at 6 a.m. from the parking lot behind Town Hall in Morristown and return at the end of the day.  Easiest access to the parking lot is from Franklin Street.  We will meet the bus there, and you can safely leave your car there for the day (it is also the parking lot for the police station!)

Cost:  $55 round trip per person


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Hopped Up Scavenger Pub Crawl in Hackettstown

Begin your Earth Day Celebration with a great brew and delicious grub at the Hopped Up Scavenger Pub Crawl in Hackettstown. Our Hopped Up Scavenger Pub Crawl (4/22/17) features stops at various locations around the Hackettstown area. Join us and enjoy the specials being offered at each of the participating locations.  Purchase a ticket in advance for $20 (plus Eventbrite fees) HERE or at the Headquarters of the event (Man Skirt on Main Street) for $25. To sweeten the deal, we have fun and interactive trivia-challenges/clues at each bar, an Instragram competition, and a commemorative t-shirt. We hope to see you at our Hackettstown Earth Day Scavenger Pub Crawl. The celebration starts at Noon and lasts until 8PM.

Things are going to be fun–and even more so if you come!

Participating Breweries and Bars:

Man Skirt Brewing 144 Main St, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 (headquarters)
Panther Pub County Road 517, Allamuchy Township, NJ 07820
Taphouse Grille 1930 NJ-57, Hackettstown, NJ 07840
Czig Meister Brewing 106 Valentine St, Hackettstown, NJ 07840
Marley's Gotham Grill 169 Main St, Hackettstown, NJ 07840
Bea McNally's Irish Pub 109 Grand Ave, Hackettstown, NJ 07840

Jersey Girl 426 Sand Shore Rd, Hackettstown, NJ 07840

We are also seeking volunteers for the day of the event, who will be able to attend for free and take advantage of food and drink specials and networking!
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NJ Highlands Coalition 2nd Annual Golf Outing

Sponsored by WXPN Radio
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Highlands Council

 Next Scheduled Meeting: April 20th, 2017  |  4 pm
 100 North Road, Chester, NJ

The Highlands Council met Thursday, March 16th.  There was a consideration of the Approval of Applications Under the Highlands Open Space Partnership Funding Program Resolution which passed through with overwhelming support.  The details of the resolution and any approved land parcels can be found on the Council's website.  Also discussed was the process for amending the Regional Master Plan, which has been worked on by a separate sub committee of the Council.  Take note to attend the next Council meeting as the Monitoring Program Recommendation Report is said to be brought out to the public for discussion and comment.  After a closed executive session it was determined that the Bloomsbury Redevelopment Designation Approval which was voted on at the last meeting, will come back up for a new vote in the future and the applicant will provide additional supporting documentation.  

Highlands Council Info
Uphold the Highlands Update

Led by George Stafford, our Uphold the Highlands program, which has garnered well over 100 municipalities’, counties’ and regional and local Environmental Commissions’ support for the Highlands Act and Regional Master Plan, is moving into a new phase.

We hugely appreciate those communities being open minded and taking the time to understand and appreciate our efforts, even if sometimes they asked for a little persuasion! We have not given up on the remaining communities, which are still being pursued actively, albeit more slowly than earlier converts.

Our outreach has now expanded to other efforts seeking local and governmental support. We, of course, will still approach targeted towns outside the Highlands that receive water from the Highlands to approve our Resolution of Support for the Highlands Act. But now, we are working with both the Keep It Green Campaign and SaveH2ONJ on resolutions advocating continued funding support for Open Space acquisition, and for the release of the long delayed New Jersey Water Supply Plan, which was finished in 2011 but has not been released to the public to inform and support local and regional planning decisions respectively. Communities as diverse as Bernardsville, Newark and George Stafford’s home town of Wharton have recently signed on to both of these resolutions. Political events both in Washington and here in New Jersey have made the local and regional governmental/political picture somewhat more than cloudy, but having met with officials inside and outside the Highlands in places like Stanhope and Paterson, we continue to promote the important economic and environmental values of the Highlands.
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 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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