Brenden Byrne Fund for the Pinelands

Help Protect a Bold Vision

Our Nation’s First National Reserve

In 1979, Governor Brendan T. Byrne made the protection of New Jersey’s Pine Barrens a priority. He marshaled support to pass the most innovative land protection law in the nation.

© Albert D. Horner

“My proudest accomplishment in public life is the passage of the Pinelands Protection Act, and the Pinelands Preservation Alliance is the guardian of that achievement.” — Gov. Brendan T. Byrne

Gov. Byrne Signing Pinelands Protection Act | NJ Archives, Dept. of State

The Man Who Preserved the Pinelands
Video by Mitch Smith with additional photography by Albert Horner and Jason Howell.


“One day my grandchildren visiting the Pinelands may ask, ‘Who was Brendan Byrne?’ Someone will say, ‘He is the man who preserved the Pinelands.’ Not a bad legacy.”

Gov. Tom Kean (R)


“Perhaps the most tangible, significant outcome of passing the Pinelands Protection Act, was to protect the 17 trillion gallon Kirkwood-Cohansey aquifer.”

Gov. Jim Florio (D)


“I don’t think there is any question that the Pinelands has been a bi-partisan, non-partisan effort. That’s the way it should be and that’s the way it should stay.”

Gov. Christine Todd Whitman (R)

Pinelands National Reserve Facts


It was our nation’s first National Reserve and it is a designated
United Nations Biosphere Reserve.

It’s the largest surviving wilderness on the Eastern Seaboard between Maine and the Florida Everglades.

The Pinelands support rare, threatened and endangered
species found nowhere else
on the planet.

At 1.16 million acres (22% of NJ), it is roughly the size of the Grand Canyon National Park and bigger than Yosemite National Park.

22 million people live within 60 miles of the Pinelands National Reserve.

Beneath its sands lie
17 trillion gallons of fresh water
in the Kirkwood-Cohansey Aquifer.

Wetlands comprise 35% of the Pinelands, and two of its rivers systems are part of the National Wild and Scenic River System.

It’s home to the most innovative regional conservation & managed growth plan – the Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan.

Unfortunately, forces are at work today to weaken the rules that protect the Pinelands. We need to stand in solidarity to show support for ongoing Pinelands protection just as citizens and political leaders did more than 35 years ago.

Pinelands Under Seige
Video by Splash Studios with additional photography by Albert Horner and Jason Howell.

For more than 25 years, the Pinelands Preservation Alliance has served as
the primary voice and champion for Pinelands protection.


Join former Governors Brendan Byrne, Tom Kean, James Florio and Christine Todd Whitman and other leading citizens in supporting our
$4 million transformative campaign.

Your support will provide us with the strength to respond to emerging issues that threaten the Pinelands, provide the capacity to expand educational programs, and cultivate the next generation of Pinelands advocates.

More About the Fund

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Letters of Endorsement

List of Supporters

About Pinelands Preservation Alliance

We need your help!

Together, we can protect the Pinelands
and Governor Byrne’s legacy
for generations to come.

Contact us today:

Stephen Sebastian

Director of Philanthropy
Pinelands Preservation Alliance
(609) 859-8860 ext. 24

Carleton Montgomery

Executive Director
Pinelands Preservation Alliance
(609) 859-8860 ext. 19