Highlands in the News

Since its passage in 2004, the Highlands Conservation Act has provided funding for numerous land conservation projects throughout Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. This page contains coverage of Highlands-funded projects, closing events, and other Highlands-related news. 

Click on your state to find Highlands news from your region: Connecticut  New Jersey New York  Pennsylvania



HVA provides $250,000 to state to protect land in Norfolk, 8/15/2018

A 420-acre parcel protected, celebrated, 7/19/2018

Area land trusts celebrate public-private collaboration, 7/14/2018

Efforts to protect Connecticut’s highlands region move forward, 7/13/2018

A Celebration of the Highlands Conservation Act in Connecticut with Senator Chris Murphy, 7/10/2018

Winchester Land Trust dedicates conservation parcel in memory of Michael Giordano, 5/31/2018

Winchester Land Trust buys Tor-Win Farm with plans to preserve additional 121 acres, 1/8/2018

Bill would protect more northwestern Connecticut highlands, 8/7/2017

Ethel Walker Open Space: Among the Largest Open Space Areas in Connecticut, 12/1/2014

Saving the Upper Shepaug River Headwaters under the Highlands Conservation Act, 10/20/2014

Former Camp Francis Preserved For Open Space in Kent, 9/4/2014

Kent Land Trust celebrates Camp Francis acquisition, 2/12/2014

Norfolk Land trust finalizes 311-acre land buy, 9/1/2013

Norfolk Land Trust Completes Purchase of Camp Iwakta Property, 8/23/2013

Kent Land Trust Under Contract to Protect Girl Scout Camp Francis, 8/6/2012

Saving Camp Iwatka, 5/30/2012

Sherman land trust’s benefit dinner is Saturday, 10/19/2009

Sherman votes to preserve farm and open space, 5/20/2008


New Jersey.

Rep. Sherrill, Bipartisan Colleagues Lead Great American Outdoors Act to Protect New Jersey’s Open Spaces, 6/2/2020

Highlands Trail to get new signs, maps that reflect growing importance, 7/24/2019

Mobile Map and Enhanced Signage coming for New Jersey Highlands Trail, 7/22/2019

Highlands Council to protect 13 priority preservation properties, 1/22/2019

How Trump was just told to stick it on cuts to Gateway Tunnel and some other Jersey stuff, 3/22/2018

Highlands Council Awarded $2.4M for Preservation through Federal Highlands Conservation Act, 1/20/2017

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen’s Highlands Conservation Act included in appropriations bills, 6/19/15

N.J. Highlands Coalition helps champion local land preservation, 1/8/2015

Morris Helps Preserve 835 Acres to Expand Rockaway River Wildlife Management Area, 8/17/2012

835 acres preserved in Jefferson deal, 8/17/2012

Sierra Club: Preservation welcome, given Christie’s attacks on environment, 8/16/2012

835-Acre Property in New Jersey Highlands to expand Rockaway River Wildlife Management Area, 8/16/2012

Highlands Purchase Expands Rockaway River Wildlife Management Area, 8/16/2012

835-Acre North Jersey Highlands Tract Preserved, 8/16/2012


New York.

Maloney Helps Pass the Great American Outdoors Act, Reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund and Protecting Hudson Valley’s Outdoor Traditions, 7/24/2020

Hudson Valley State Parklands May Soon Increase, 1/22/2020

1,115 Acres, 1/17/20

State of the State: Cuomo to preserve thousands of Hudson Valley acres, 1/10/2020

HHLT partners with New York State Parks on Fahnestock expansion, 1/10/2020

State to preserve Hudson Highlands land, 4/22/2017

On Earth Day, Governor Cuomo Announces Preservation of More than 5,900 Acres of Parkland in The Hudson Highlands, 4/22/2017

New York State Parks, Open Space Institute Protect Land Near Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park, 4/25/2015

State Land Acquisition Expands Cranberry Mountain Wildlife Management Area, 12/6/2013

DU a vital new partner in conserving New York State’s Great Swamp, 9/1/2013

North Hollow Property Expands Cranberry Mountain Wildlife Management Area, 12/7/2011

Celebrate Expansion of Sterling Forest State Park in Monroe, NY Friday, September 30, 9/26/2011

2010 Land Acquisition Report, 3/2/2011

Great Swamp gets $1 million grant, 4/11/2008

Highlands Conservation Act Funded for the First Time – $2 million provided for land conservation projects in the region



Fourteen acres added to Nockamixon State Park in Upper Bucks County, 7/9/2020

Land Added to Nolde Forest in Berks County, 1/13/2020

Natural Lands Transfers 59 Acres of Land for Public Use, 8/15/2019

Heritage Conservancy Facilitates Preservation of 35-acre Property in Springfield Township and Lower Saucon Township, 7/10/2019

Land Once Slated for Development has been Added to State Park, 2/19/2019

Lower Saucon buys Highlands open space, 11/1/2017

Lower Saucon approves open space purchase, 11/1/2017

$2.4M grant to help preserve land in Schuylkill Highlands, 8/27/2017

$2.4M grant to help preserve land in Schuylkill Highlands, 8/27/2017

Rep. Ryan Costello announces federal conservation grant for Pennsylvania, 8/24/2017

Natural Lands Trust Preserves 80 Acres For Hopewell Big Woods, Berks County, 1/17/2017

Natural Lands Trust Preserves 80 Acres for Hopewell Big Woods, 1/16/2017

Lower Saucon, Springfield Township agree to preserve 14 acres, 3/3/2016

Costello: Protecting our natural resources, 8/9/2015

State Forests; trails expected to be ready later this year, 7/4/2015

Gibraltar Hill lands protected in Berks County, 2/4/2015

Conquering a Steep Conservation Challenge in Berks County, 2/4/2015

Trust: $3M destined for area conservation, 12/23/2014

Hundreds of acres of Oley Hills forests are preserved forever, 1/13/2012

Federal Highlands Funds Protect the Oley Hills, 1/13/2012

Oley Hills properties preserved, 1/13/2012

Federal Funds Protect Pennsylvania Highlands, 1/13/2012

A tall drink of water: Congress primes pump for conservation program in Northeast, 9/1/2009

Cooks Creek stream network is life-sustaining to the region, 11/25/2008

Watershed land deal adds to Big Woods preservation, 12/2/2007

Protecting a ‘natural gem’, 7/18/2007

County next target of Highlands project, 10/20/2005




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