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Northwest New Jersey

Rivers Conference

Connecting Community, Ecotourism & Environment

September 30, 2023 in the Lackland Center at Centenary University

The Northwest New Jersey Rivers Conference is a forum for better understanding the importance of the Delaware River and its tributaries to the quality of life for those who live in, visit and depend upon it.

Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of Governor Christine Todd Whitman's Report on the NJ Outdoors, the 2023 Conference expands to explore open space and recreation throughout the state of New Jersey. The Conference examines the unique challenges and opportunities present in the most densely-populated state in New Jersey and how we develop a recreation and ecotourism-based economy that is compatible with and accessible to our diverse communities.

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Rivers Conference


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One Million More Acres or Bust: A Quarter Century of Open Space, Farmland, and Historic Preservation in New Jersey

Twenty Five years after the Governor's Report on the New Jersey Outdoors and the passage of the Garden State Preservation Trust Act, the 2023 Northwest New Jersey Rivers Conference revisits the state's commitment to preserving one million more acres of open space and securing funding for its stewardship.

Michele Byers

Keynote Address

Michele Byers

former Executive Director of the

New Jersey Conservation Foundation

Michele's background includes nearly 40 years of land preservation and stewardship at the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, and includes the protection of over 60,000 acres of open space in New Jersey.


The Northwest New Jersey Rivers Conference is coordinated by the New Jersey Highlands Coalition with the support of our partner organizations in the Highlands and Ridge & Valley regions of New Jersey. We work together to restore water quality under the four-state Delaware River Watershed Initiative.

The opinions expressed during this Conference do not necessarily represent the opinions of all members of the DRWI Highlands Cluster. In support of critical thinking and the advancement of scientific principles and inquiry, the members of the Highlands Cluster encourage participants and viewers to arrive at their own conclusions.

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