South Jersey Bayshore
Local economies and lifestyles depend on globally unique systems, cultural and historic traditions now at risk
- South Jersey Bayshore Coalition
- Environmental Resource Inventory
- South Jersey Bayshore Coalition’s PDF Brochure ( 1.7mb)
Formed by seventeen nonprofit organizations, the South Jersey Bayshore Coalition aims to protect special natural resources in Gloucester, Salem, Cumberland and Cape May counties along New Jersey’s southwest coast. In addition the National Park Service and the Nature Conservancy support the Coalition.
Aiming to preserve the region’s cultural heritage and the environmental integrity through partnerships, advocacy and public education, the Coalition is focusing on
- Promoting sustainable agriculture industry and compatible economic revitalization;
- Preserving cultural/historic heritage and wildlife habitat; and
- Protecting ground and surface water quality and quantity.
Natural resource protection enhances Bayshore’s vital industries and economy including
- Billion-dollar commercial and sport fishing industries and marinas;
- $34 million nature tourism;
- Farming and commercial food processing.
Thanks to a William Penn Foundation grant, South Jersey Bayshore Coalition now has an extensive Environmental Resource Inventory of South Jersey Bayshore put together by Rutgers University’s Grant F. Walton Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis (CRSSA).
Available on the CRSSA website, the Inventory consists of a series of geographic information system (GIS) composite and thematic maps of the Bayshore’s
- Existing land cover,
- Natural communities,
- Estuarine zone,
- Habitat and biodiversity,
- Water resources, and
- Historic and cultural resources.
The Inventory will help with land-use planning and developing protection strategies for the region’s exceptional resources. The data are available in several formats that accommodate users with varying skills and needs.
The full color South Jersey Ours to Protect brochure ( 1.7mb), made possible by a grant from the William Penn Foundation, contains a map of the Delaware Bay Watershed, basic information and photographs of the region.