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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. Our mission is to represent their 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 four million people in surrounding areas who depend on Highlands water.

Won't you help us?

We are passionate about our work protecting the treasured and economically vital resources of the Highlands through vigilance, educational outreach and activism. But we cannot succeed in our work without your support and active participation. When it comes to the Highlands, we've got your back.....Will you have ours?

Please become a member or make a contribution today!

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Read the NJ Highlands Coalition Natural Heritage Committee comments to NJDEP on the Sparta Mountain Wildlife Management Area Forest Stewardship Plan, submitted March 8, 2016

Read our letter to NJDEP on the Sparta Mountain Forest Stewardship Plan, with signatories, expressing the shared concerns of 40 environmental/conservation organizations and 115 concerned individuals.

Read the joint comments of the NJ Highlands Coalition and NJ Conservation Foundation on Appendix 7 of the Sparta Mountain WMA FSP: High High Conservation Value Forest (HCVF) Assessment


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Watch St James Bennett's comprehensive interview of Policy Director Elliott Ruga on the history of the Highlands and the Coalition, Governor Christie, Fenimore, and the challenges today facing the Highlands


NJ Highlands Coalition New Policy on Cultural Resources

Watch our
Talk Is Cheap video: As the Christie Administration maneuvers to weaken comprehensive regulatory programs, including Water Quality Management Planning, Riparian and Flood Hazard Area protections, and the Highlands Preservation Area rules; we call out DEP Chief Advisor Ray Cantor for misrepresenting facts at a Senate Environment Hearing


Our joint Water Campaign with the Pinelands Preservation Alliance includes a regularly updated billboard on W. State Street in Trenton, directly outside of NJDEP. This is a copy of the current billboard.

We are now offering you the chance to show the 2004 NJN documentary, "The Highlands Rediscovered," and lead your own follow-up discussion using talking points we developed to facilitate an open discussion.

Click here to access the film and the accompanying talking points.
You may not charge a fee to show the film. Please contact Elliott Ruga with any questions or requests.

Listen to NJ Highlands Coalition's Elliott Ruga and George Stafford debate the Highlands Act with former Assembly Speaker Chuck Haytaian and Independence Mayor Bob Giordano on WRNJ Radio's Local Impact with Joyce Estey
(45 mins)


Video recording of the firing of
Highlands Council Executive Director Eileen Swan
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Map of the 244 municipalities in 16 counties that consume Highlands water and the extent that they depend on Highlands water supplies

governor Governor, You are Misinformed! Watch the video!



New Jersey Highlands Coalition
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Boonton, NJ 07005

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