....and welcome to the Rancocas Conservancy’s home on the web. I’ll guess that you’re here because you have the same love for our Rancocas and its surroundings that we do at the Conservancy. Hopefully you’ll find something here of interest. You will see that there is information here about our work, our Nature Preserves, landowner resources for those interested in preservation, and ways in which you can help support us. Please contact us if you have any additional questions and once again, Welcome!

Laura Bishop,
President of the Board of Trustees

An Introduction
Since its inception in 1989, the Rancocas Conservancy has been a significant actor in the promotion of land preservation and water quality protection throughout the Rancocas Creek Watershed.  As a result, the Conservancy is now recognized as the leading land trust in the Watershed, responsible for the permanent preservation of over 1,000 acres of land, an expansion of open space planning in the region and the education of thousands of residents on the importance of environmental protection.  Amazingly, all this was accomplished almost entirely through the work of an all-volunteer Board of Trustees.
Our History

1989 - Mark S. Thomas M.D. founded the Rancocas Watershed Conservation Foundation

1991 - Rancocas Conservancy received its charter from the State of New Jersey and on September 12th,1991, successfully petitioned for federal tax-exempt status.

1993 - The Conservancy began its public education program with the first issue of its newsletter, "Rancocas Journal” featuring Eastampton Township

1994 - Initiated the Rancocas Greenway Project in partnership with the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC)
- Convened a conference on Watershed Management

1996 - Held the Rancocas Greenway Conference to discuss the recommendations of the Main Stem Plan

1997 - The Rancocas Conservancy successfully completed the acquisition of the Stavola Beechwoods Preserve in Pemberton Boro (45 acres) and the North Branch Preserve in Pemberton Township (180 acres)
- The Rancocas Greenway Mainstem Implementation Plan for the Main Stem was honored with an award of recognition by the Delaware River Greenway at its 1997 Fall Forum.

2000 - In a partnership with the New Jersey Conservation Foundation and the South Jersey land Trust, the Conservancy hired its first part-time staff person

2001 -Acquire the Cramer farm in Pemberton and Springfield Townships
- The Conservancy served as the host agency for the WMA 19 Watershed Ambassador AmeriCorps Member

2002 - Sold the Cramer Farm while retaining a conservation easement
- The Rancocas Main Branches Greenway Plan is released

2004 - Acquired the Wurst Preserve in Medford in Evesham Townships (15 acres)




Rancocas Conservancy | PO Box 2188 | Vincentown, NJ 08088 | 609.859.8860 ext. 17 | rancocas@bigfoot.com