The Sourland Conservancy is pleased to announce that it has received a generous Franklin Parker Conservation Excellence grant given by the New Jersey Conservation Foundation. This grant will partially fund the continuation and expansion of Sourland Conservancy’s innovative Sourland Stewards program.

Sourland Stewards, currently in its second year, was created to help residents of Sourland Mountain protect the unique habitat of the region by planting and nurturing native species and following best stewardship practices in their own homes and yards. Through hikes, workshops, and a lively Facebook group, Sourland Conservancy naturalists educate residents about how to protect the rich diversity of animal and plant species and to preserve water resources within their own backyards in and around the Sourland region. Residents also learn about the following areas: native and invasive vegetation, avoidance of pesticides, stream buffers, water quality and quantity, creating habitat, protecting trees, and deer management.

The Franklin Parker Conservation Excellence grant will allow Sourland Conservancy to reach a broader audience with more nature experiences for participants, an online platform and the printing of a second edition of “Living in the Sourlands: A Guide for Responsible Stewardship” and on-site “Stewardshops”- collaborative stewardship workshops that will take place at the homes of participating Sourland Stewards.

The Sourland Stewards program is also partially funded by a 2014 Watershed Institute grant and a 2015 Conserve Wildlife of New Jersey grant.

Residents who are interested in participating in Sourland Stewards, should email lcleveland@sourland.org.