The Natural and Working Lands Strategy (NWLS) aims to mitigate the effects of climate change through the protection, restoration, and strategic management of New Jersey’s natural and working lands. These lands include those that contribute the most to carbon storage and carbon sequestration: forests, agricultural lands and aquaculture, grasslands, wetlands, developed lands, and aquatic resources and habitats. On December 13th, 2021, following the joint effort between NJ’s Department of Environmental Protection and NJ’s Department of Agriculture, New Jersey’s NWLS Scoping Document was released for public comment. The comment period closed on February 11th, 2022, and the Department is now working to develop a complete list of potential land management recommendations for the final Strategy. The Department will host a series of targeted stakeholder sessions on these recommendations for each of the specific natural and working land types. To participate in these targeted sessions, please fill out the form located below and identify all stakeholder sessions in which you would like to participate. Invitations to the sessions will be sent out closer to the session dates, which are estimated to occur in the Summer of 2022. The Department looks forward to your participation.