On Monday, September 17th, Over 75 golfers took to the links all for a great cause. It was our
10th Annual Gray Cup Golf Classic held at Somerset Hills County Club in Bernardsville, NJ.
This annual event is named in honor of Gray Rogers. A former trustee for The Land Conservancy
who served ten years on the board which included three as Chairman of the Board.
Under Gray’s leadership, The Land Conservancy of New Jersey grew from a regional land trust
to what it is today: a nationally accredited land trust and a state leader in open space
preservation and conservation throughout New Jersey.
This year’s golf classic helps us continue to preserve and protect vital natural lands and drinking
water resources. From this event, we raised over $113,000. Some of these funds will enable us
to restore a portion of the west brook, an important stream that leads into the Wanaque
Reservoir. Our work will help increase water flows to the reservoir at drier times of the year
and also improve habitat for native brook trout. As this reservoir supplies clean drinking water
to two-million residents of New Jersey, this restoration project is important to undertake.
An additional project that will benefit from this golf event is our 400-acre South Branch
Preserve. On this property, ongoing work to develop a 12-acre plot of land will provide fresh,
organic produce to underprivileged residents of Paterson and Passaic through our partnership
with City Green. Through Project Chew, we’ve partnered with Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary to
eradicate invasive plants using goats and sheep – not harmful pesticides. And, we’re also
transforming over 60-acres of eroding corn fields into native wildflower meadows that benefit
the imperiled Monarch butterfly.
These are just a few of our projects that are made possible by the generosity of our supporters
and participation in our annual Gray Cup Golf Classic. A big thank you to those who came out to
enjoy an afternoon of golf and those who bid on our silent auction during our evening function.
We hope to see you again next year!